Measuring time

I was working on a seasonality/calendar type project and it’s so fascinating to examine how we need time markers and culturally have established so many to create meaning. From annual pop culture events to daily and weekly routine. It also reminded me of a quick anecdote about CP+B that I wanted to share. After about 4 weeks here, I went up to a fellow cog and mentioned that I hadn’t been taught how to enter my time and I imagine someone will be after me soon to get it in. Martin has employees who huge chunks of their week are spent tracking people down and getting them to do time sheets. They demanded entering time weekly. Mullen was monthly, which was more palatable considering how archaic those time applications (at least the ones I’ve seen) are.

CP+B has no time sheets. I repeat – I have not entered a time sheet in over six months now.

Having experienced it both ways, there are some psychological effects from not having to mark your time. For one, you don’t feel you’re “owed” vacation. There’s no tally of how much you’ve taken and how much you have left constantly in your psyche. We do keep track of it on a piece of paper in someone’s office, but it’s not something I go in and check. And conversely, there’s no “damn, I’ve worked 34 hours already this week and it’s 9am on Wednesday.” Plus, there’s no unnecessary animosity between the time keepers and the time sheet withholders. It’s nice to think that I work at a place that recognizes my time is best spent thinking about my client and not recalling what exactly I was working on last Thursday.

One thought on “Measuring time

  1. That sounds nice for the employees, but how does it work for the employer? Do they have any issues with billing or tracking down unproductive departments? I can see how the freedom would bring out the best in some people, but I also know that it would facilitate those with tendencies toward laziness.

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