How To Manage Timesheet Reminders And Improve Your Payday Process

In most businesses, timesheet reminders are a necessary part of the payday process. They ensure that all employees turn in their timecard and that the data you need to pay them is as accurate and complete as possible.

But is there a better way to obtain the information necessary for error-free payroll every time?

In this article, we discuss how to manage your timesheet reminders and even introduce you to a solution that could help you eliminate them altogether.

What Are Timesheet Reminders?

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In their simplest form, timesheet reminders are prompts to motivate your employees to fill out and submit a record of their work time for the last pay period.

Before digital communication revolutionized the way we work, HR would have to send out hardcopy memos or even talk to each employee one at a time to remind them to turn in their timecard.

Then, along came email and, suddenly, HR could send a single message to everyone in the business. Over time, those reminders evolved from a few bland sentences into more memorable cues to help team members remember their responsibility, such as:

Timesheet = Paycheck
No Timesheet = No Paycheck

Creative payroll managers even took it a step further and combined text and image to create a reminder that not only served as a “heads up” of an imminent deadline but made the recipient laugh as well.

With the advent of smartphones and the spread of texting, payroll managers could now reach team members directly without having to wonder whether or not the employee would check their email in the next few days.

More recently, push notifications — messages that pop up on the main screen of a user’s smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop device — are becoming more popular as a means of distributing timesheet reminders to teams of all sizes.

Regardless of how your business chooses to deliver said reminders, they’re an essential part of what makes your business run smoothly and efficiently.

Why Are Timesheet Reminders Important?

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Timesheet reminders are important because, as their name suggests, they remind and motivate employees — sometimes gently, sometimes forcefully — to fill out and turn in the record of their time-on-task at work for a specific period of time.

Without those timesheets, your team and your business miss out on some critical benefits. Here are three of the benefits that timesheets (and timesheet reminders) make possible.

1) Calculate Profit On A Project

Timesheets answer key project and operations management questions, such as:

  • How much has your business paid employees?
  • How much time have employees spent on specific parts of a given project?
  • Is the time spent on a project producing a profit or a loss?
  • Did your team spend too much time on one activity and not enough time on another activity?
  • Did too many employees spend time on overlapping tasks?
  • Did hiring an outside contractor allow employees to focus on more important tasks?

The answers to these types of questions can help you more accurately calculate the profit on a project and create ways to streamline your team’s workflow so that you can increase said profits in the future.

2) Predict Future Capacity

Timesheet reminders bring in the records of work hours spent, which, in turn, allows you to predict the future capacity of various teams within your company and the future capacity of the business as a whole.

A thorough analysis of your employee timesheets allows you to answer such questions as:

  • Are team members overbooked?
  • What is your team’s total capacity?
  • How much can you stretch that capacity without overloading them?
  • Has your team’s capacity changed over the past few weeks, months, or years?
  • Does data show that capacity will change in the future?

Armed with this information, you can take steps to improve the way your employees work on current and future projects.

3) Perform Accurate Payroll

Accurate payroll is essential for the smooth operation of your business. And payroll depends almost exclusively on the timesheets from which it is calculated.

If there are errors in your payroll, your team members will be unhappy, and your company could run into legal trouble with the government.

Reminders are a way to ensure that everyone has tabulated and turned in the information they need to get paid and the information you need to remain in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

How To Implement Timesheet Reminders

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1) Set Expectations

The first step in implementing reminders into your workflow is to set the expectations surrounding them.

These expectations (or rules) go hand in hand with the payroll process you’ve established in your employee handbook and should be recorded there for future reference.

Before going any further, answer such questions as:

  • What is the deadline for submitting timesheets?
  • How many timesheet reminders do employees get?
  • What happens if they don’t turn in their timesheet?

Once you’ve created the expectations for your business, it’s time to present them to your team.

2) Meet With Existing Employees

Whether you’re implementing new reminders in your business or just want to underscore the importance of submitting timecards before the deadline, it’s always a good idea to meet face-to-face with your team.

Depending on how your business currently operates, “face-to-face” may mean gathering together physically in your conference room or gathering together on Zoom.

However you choose to meet, reiterate the importance of turning in time cards on time and the role the reminders play in this process.

3) Explain The Process

After you emphasize the importance of abiding by timesheet reminders, review and explain the entire payroll process.

Doing so ensures that all employees understand how to use the timesheet, how to submit their work hours, and how their actions affect their teammates and the business as a whole.

The point is to reinforce that each and every employee has a critical responsibility to track their time correctly, submit that record in a timely manner, and abide by any reminders they receive.

Placing the onus on them — and explaining just how important this obligation is — goes a long way toward getting everyone to turn in their hours worked well before the deadline.

4) Automate Your Reminders

Sending out reminders (of any kind) can be a time-consuming task. You have to figure out who has turned in their timecard, who hasn’t, and then send a message to those in the latter category.

The best way to streamline this process is to automate everything so that your computer does it for you.

With apps such as Inch, you can send reminders to delinquent employees with a single click or tap. You can even set a schedule so that the software sends reminders at a specific time on a specific day.

Eliminate Timesheet Reminders With Inch

Eliminate Timesheet Reminders With Inch

If you want to eliminate timesheet reminders altogether and streamline the payroll process, look no further than the Inch app and suite of tools.

As a time clock tool with built-in reminders and exportable payroll reports, Inch is the best. But that’s not the only thing our app does. Inch actually takes time tracking and employee management to the next level.

We built this software to streamline everything from team task management to workforce scheduling to labor cost control and beyond.

We designed Inch to make it easier for managers and team members — be they remote or on-site — to get aligned on their to-dos, communicate with one another, and ensure that all tasks get completed on time.

Regardless of where they’re working, those with the Inch app can perform a wide variety of tasks right from their phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, including:

  • Clocking in and out of tasks at different locations
  • Communicating with managers and each other
  • Working from a shared task list
  • Completing work assigned to them
  • Receiving voice-assisted reminder notifications
  • Getting clarity on work that needs to get done

All of that and more without having to touch a screen or report back to the office.

For managers, Inch makes it easy to distribute tasks manually across their teams or populate tasks automatically based on preset conditions.

This unique feature ensures that all work is covered and keeps employees accountable and clear on their specific responsibilities, expected outcomes, and deadlines.

Managers can assign work to the employees that are closest to the jobsite or generate tasks automatically as the need arises and follow work progress and task completion in real time. All of that for easier and more efficient payroll.

When it comes right down to it, Inch helps eliminate frustration for employees, headaches for managers, and inefficiencies for the business.

Whether you need time tracking solutions for your team or help keeping your employees on task and focused, our app gives you unprecedented control over your payroll process and all but does away with the need for timesheet reminders.

Inch makes it easier than ever to create the best workflow for yourself, your team, and your business.

For more free resources to help you manage your business better, organize and schedule your team, and track and calculate labor costs, visit TryInch.com today.

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