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First time using timesheets - do you get penalized if you are not hitting your target hours? (Eg more efficient and take 4hr instead of 5 to do something)

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Bill actual hours worked. If you were given a 5 hour task, but you completed it in 4, you enter 4. Then find something else billable (and authorized) to do for the remaining hour.

The more you practice strictly compliant time keeping, the easier it is.

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^this times 1,000
A lot of firms use aggregate data of time spent on tasks in the past when estimating tasks for the future. Blurring your numbers messes up calculations and makes it hard to make good estimates.
That being said some firms have toxic cultures around this... as evidenced by prior comments. Not sure what to do if you’re at one of those

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Slowly. Back. Away.

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I'm afraid to touch this one.

Um, your firm will probably have specific time entry rules (like minimum hours that need to be entered, even if it's not all billable).

I would assume all firms track billable hours and utilization. Check to see what might factor into your review...

I'll leave it at that. Talk to a peer or mentor at your firm.

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We do have a minimum number of hours... which is crazy because it’s a high number and I’m having a hard time taking that long 😶

Put the 5 in and take a nap for the spare hour. There will be times when something takes 6 hours instead of 5 and you’ll “make it up” to the client

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Work what you bill and bill what you work, but just make sure it’s 45 hours a week.

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The problem is we need to bill much more hours than 45...

Noooooooooooooooo

Charge 5

Okay wow. I shall try my best at being average. Did not realize that timesheets were this toxic 🤢

It’s not toxicity. It’s that, particularly if you have a federal client, time charging correctly is the law and you put your firm at risk if you do not do it exactly according to policy.

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