What Is a Timesheet?

A timesheet is a paper or digital document used to record details of employees’ working hours for management purposes.

How to Make a Timesheet?

A well-structured timesheet simplifies the management of employee working hours. It can take many forms, depending on organizational needs, objectives and resources.

Universal tools such as Word, Excel and other time and attendance management software are commonly used to create timesheets.

In practice, a useful timesheet will minimally include the following information:

  • Employee identification data (first name, last name, employee number, etc.)
  • Days of the week
  • Working hours (in, out, paid breaks, unpaid breaks)

Several tools specialize in or offer functionalities related to timesheet creation, including some employee management software. Several Excel timesheet templates are also available online.

What Are The Advantages of Using Employee Timesheets?

The advantages of using employee timesheets include:

  • Avoiding time theft
  • Reduce the risk of payroll errors
  • Reduce employee lateness and absenteeism
  • Empower employees
  • Automate employee time tracking

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