On site, workers and tradesmen are often not allowed to carry smartphones, nor do they have access to a computer. This makes logging their hours digitally somewhat of a challenge. Consequently, a pattern of scribbling hours on the back of cigarette packets, envelopes and tradie notebooks emerges. Scribbles that are then handed off by the Supervisor to an Admin person who deciphers them, translates the data into spreadsheets, sends it off by email to be printed and signed by the Approvers, and hopes they don’t get rejected.
Typically, the process can look something like this (fig 1.).
Figure 1: A typical timesheet approval process.