Not doing time sheets is reason enough to go client-side.

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*goes to brand side “Please don’t forget to complete your “hours tracker” for the work done with your agency. Also, it’s going to be another late night!”

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My last agency didn’t allow timesheets. Was great... Was also interesting to hear the financial controller explain why time sheets are valuable to show partner agency the time we are giving to them vs the benefits we were gaining.... I guess this is to say there are many valuable reasons for time sheets other than the immense feeling we as the internal team have that it’s a way to “clock” our speed and abilities

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Many (most?) agency-client contracts require accurate time reporting. Until (when/if ever) client contracts are renegotiated then they are a fact of life. The issue is most agencies/ clients / industry cost consultants do not know how to assign a value or price to our work without knowing the costs, including labor costs, that goes into it. I honestly think agency and holding companies (and clients) are stumped at how to change this. Especially given it’s so hard to tie our value to quantifiable client “results” given all the factors and variables we can’t control. And so, we bill like law firms. Just mulling over this. Thoughts welcome.

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I was Client-Side and had to do them...

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Yep timesheets are done client side

On the flip side, the army of people and salaries and software to track timesheets is enormous. I bet if you did a cost analysis you would find it all comes out even. Timesheets or no timesheets.

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