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Agency CEO has said in smaller circles that he doesn’t trust his employees, thinks they are lazy and inefficient now that they are working remote. He now wants everyone to take the extra step of...

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This happened to me and I left shortly after. I don’t believe in timesheets period. If the CEO wants to make change he should start by being an active observer and getting to know his staff, then making optimizations.

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I really don’t know any other experience (at an agency, at least) beyond adding notes to our timesheets. Not everyone does it at my employer, but it is required on several accounts. Personally, I prefer having the notes so that when Mgmt asks why did so-and-so bill 12 hours to a project, I at least have my notes to know what I did each specific day (if I don’t also have the resource’s notes). We also rely on these notes to answer clients’ questions. We have so many different clients (and cost centers within the same client-account), it can be a lifesaver. It’s helpful when tracking down why & when a decision was made, if later it comes back to haunt us. Some of this is in people’s meeting notes or emails or wherever — but I find having my concise, brief timesheet notes are usually the quickest way to be able to answer when something happened, by who, and possibly even why.

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extra step of adding to their timesheets specific details about what tasks they have completed with every hour they are billing. This is in spite of recent agency wide paycuts and a huge increase in night and weekend work.

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Bluster, bluster. Of course a CEO would say that; they all do when they have the title but not actual leadership skills. Which is evident by the public undermining of colleagues. Maybe this person should articulate a workable plan to navigate this challenge instead of clocking time sabotaging the subordinates he or she will need to execute it.

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It's natural that a lot of people might not know how to manage theirselves. CEOs, put managers in charge of reaching out to their teams and agreeing (or implementing) some healthy accountability. Be honest. Not everybody is great at working from home. Our team fills out a planned/completed/for tomorrow sheet that the whole team and manager can see and also fill out. Even if the manager isnt checking, its healthy accountability

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