I am currently assigned to a project until mid next year. It's a bit slow right now, and I do have time to spare. My work stream manager is just starting on another project within the same practice

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Ask for a charge code.

I work in two projects at the same time. Fully billed on 1 which is my primary client facing role and bill about 5-10 hours a week on the other in which my hours are passed on to the client. If you are on a client facing role in both the projects getting chargeability is straightforward. If not, every hour that you charge on the other project that does not get passed to a client is coming from a partner/directors bucket and sometimes they don’t like it if it messes up their margins.

If all you’re worried about is making sure you’re recognized for the contribution, then ask for a BD/PD code. At least come promotion time, partners will know that you worked on the other project.

Either way get a code and log away that time - BD or chargeable.

You’re manager should be okay with that.

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And seems to want me to support her on that project "when I have time". Is this normal? As I am fully billing on my project, should I insist on a charge code for the new project and record my hours spend on that code?

Given that this is a long term project and I will be up for promotion about the time I roll off next year, I don't want to jeopardize my relationship with the manager by pushing back. The new project is also overseen by the same director as my current work stream (my current engagement director is someone else though). But I doubt either of the directors have full visibility of how my hours are spent.

What would you do?

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