After a few weeks of using timesheets I have decided not to use them anymore.
The key reason for this is my one member staff’s motivation just went down during the period we used timesheets. He felt his every minute had to be accounted for. This is even though I had explained to him very clearly that the purpose of timesheets was to see realistically how much time we spent on each client. It was not to monitor him. That just did not work.
Furthermore, during the period of using the timesheets causal chats we use to have just stopped. These are important to have a good working relationship.
There are huge benefits of maintaining timesheets. For me the cost of reduced staff motivation does not justify the benefits.
It may be that I was not very good at selling the timesheet concept to my staff.
If you have staff have you maintained timesheets without a negative impact on staff motivation? It would help me if you if you can let me know how you are successful at doing this.