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New to team and been on bench for a while. Practice not selling much and don't see any immediate staffing on horizon.

Should I ask to work on local project without billing hours just for experience?

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Why would you work on a client project and not bill hours? No one would ever approve that.

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Ongoing projects probably can't afford to have one more team member, or they would have taken on more staff from the bench. A few people I know have been on the bench for months.

Is working without billing hours against firm policy?

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What were you hired to do? And have you asked your coach/PPMD levels about those concerns?

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Yes, it's worthwhile because then you still get to show things on your resume.

I don’t know about others, but my team has used bench labor without billing to help during crunch time on projects when available and not doing anything else. It’s probably a delicate balance between becoming known as someone who can be used vs. a team player, but if it helps get your name out there go for it.

See if you could be utilized as an investment to the client. You can still be billable as an investment and commitment to the client by adding on head counts.

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