3 Common Timesheet Mistakes that You Should Avoid

Posted on: July 27, 2014

As a construction supervisor, one of your key responsibilities is to monitor the actual hours that your employees work. There are several methods you can use to accomplish this including punch clocks or having employees digitally record the time they have worked using smartphone apps. These logged hours are what are typically known as timesheets.


If not recorded properly, timesheets can reduce the profit margins for your company or even lead to massive losses. In other scenarios, poorly recorded timesheets can can cost your employees their due wages and lead to dissatisfaction and imminent productivity plummet that results as a result of having disgruntled employees. In the worst case scenario, blunders in timesheets can have you dragged into lawsuits that cost you money and time to settle. This is why it is absolutely necessary that you learn about the most common timesheet mistakes that construction managers make.


Here are some of the most common timesheet blunders that you should be wary of when working in the construction industry:

  1. Wrongfully adjusting the timesheets recorded by employees to minimize their overtimes
  2. Letting employees finish work at home/ work off the clock
  3. Refusing to pay for overtime that is ‘unauthorized’
  4. Misclassifying employees and lacking a clear distinction between exempt and non-exempt employees
  5. Not making a clear distinction of breaks that should be paid and once that do not qualify for pay


There are many other smaller mistakes that a small construction business that lacks a competent human resource department makes. The five above are just but some of the most common ones and the most noticeable. One of the best ways for a small construction business to avoid making these timesheet mistakes is to make use of cloud-based applications to manage their employees working times.

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