How much money does a time-tracking system cost at an enterprise level? I have no idea, but I’m sure it’s a heckuva lot more than my salary.
What is the point of tracking the time of a salaried employee? I have been trying to figure this out ever since I left consulting, where time tracking is important (it’s how you get paid), and entered my new life as a corporate denizen. As a salaried employee time tracking has nothing to do with the reward system that keeps me coming back to work each day. If I work long hours, I don’t get paid more. If I’m very effective and efficient and work less, my paycheck doesn’t go down. I’m not paid that way.
Or at least that’s what I’m told. Ask around and try to figure out why corporations track salaried employees’ time. So far, the best answer I’ve received is that it tells companies how much a project “cost.” This doesn’t make any sense to me. A project doesn’t “cost” any more if I work 50 hours on it or 20 hours on it, does it? I mean, in a very literal sense, do my projects at work “cost” any more if work 60 hours a week? Doesn’t a project where I work 60 hours a week for 4 weeks actually cost LESS than a project where I work 40 hours a week for 6 weeks? It’s the same hours, but the green dollar cost is very different.
Here’s my biggest beef about time tracking. What value does the business actually get out of it? What the heck do they do with a report that tells them they spent 12,923 staff hours on a project? Particularly since this really doesn’t have anything to do with the actual cost of the project if it was staffed by salaried employees. What difference does it make? Do real business people (not IT managers & executives) actually CARE about these figures? Why? How does it make the company better?
I don’t have a clue. Anyone who can enlighten me will be heralded as a genius for all the world to see. Or at least the very small segment of the world who read my blog.