Creating Timesheets on Behalf of Employees

Managers can submit timesheets on behalf of employees who are enabled to use timesheets. This is accessible by clicking on the 'Manage Employees' > 'Create Timesheets' tab on the payroll dashboard as seen below:

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Managers (who are full access users, only) can also create timesheets for employees that aren't enabled for timesheets in their Employee File -> Pay Run Defaults page.

To allow this feature, go to Payroll Settings -> Timesheets and tick the box that says 'Managers can create timesheets for all employees that aren't enabled for timesheets'. If the employee has not been enabled for timesheets (on their Pay Run Defaults page), a message will be shown and a link to enable the employee for timesheets.

 

Timesheet Management

You can select the employee and date range for the timesheets.

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The controls will populate a default period based on the employee's pay schedule and if they have been included in pay runs. For example:

  • When the 'create timesheets' screen is initially opened the date range will default to the current work week/period that 'today' falls in. The work week is defined by your Business Settings.
  • When an employee is selected the date range will change to the pay schedule of the pay run they were last included in (NOT the pay run in which a timesheet was last processed, to cater for employees who use timesheets for exceptions only) and the period end date will be based on that last pay run.
  • If the last pay run an employee is included in is future dated, the date range will default to the current work week/period that 'today' falls in.
  • When the next employee is selected, the frequency field will change if the next employee is on a different pay schedule BUT the day/date will stay in the week that has already been populated and only change slightly if the newly selected employee's pay schedule has a different end DAY.
  • If the employee selected hasn't been included in a pay run then the period will default to the current pay period.
  • The end date/day will follow the same logic as the business work week settings, eg Thursday to Wednesday, whereas if the employees are paid on a Monthly schedule the timesheet will default to the end of the current month.
 

When creating timesheets you will need to:

  1. (Optionally) adjust the week (or fortnight) for which the timesheets are to be entered. You are able to click on the left or right arrows to jump to a different period end date. Alternatively, you can click on the date to bring up a calendar where you can navigate the date you want from the calendar. 
  2. Select your employee (drop down box). The timesheet grid will then be presented. If you try to add a date that is before an employee’s start date, the system will show a warning on the timesheet line and will not allow data to be input for those dates:

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  3. Select whether you want to see timesheet costs or not. The default view is 'Hide Timesheet Costs' and this option will only be displayed for payroll administrators and employee managers with the permission "Show Costs".

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  4. Select employee's work type (custom and award work types are listed separately). To find out more about setting employee work types, see Work types. If Work Type is not specified, the hours recorded will be assigned to the default pay category for the employee when the timesheets are imported into a pay run.
  5. Choose start and end time. When entering start and end times, you can simply type 9a and it will recognise it as 9:00am. Similarly, for example, 530p will be recognised as 5:30pm.
  6. The "Duration" field will confirm to you how many hours have been entered on behalf of the employee
  7. Enter the break start/stop times for the employee (if any). 
  8. Select which breaks are paid and which are unpaid.  
  9. Choose from the list of locations that have been preselected for the employee. To find out more about locations, see Locations. If Location is not specified, the hours recorded will be assigned to the default location for the employee when the timesheets are imported into a pay run.
  10. After the Locations column you see a separate column for each Dimension value enabled for them with the name of the dimension as the column header. 
  11. If the employee has a dimension value enabled there will be a drop down in the Dimension column. The drop down will populate with the relevant dimension values that are enabled for the employee for the relevant dimension. timesheet
  12. When a dimension value is selected in a dimension then this dimension will be added to the timesheet.

    Only one dimension value can be added per dimension for each timesheet line (no more than one dimension value from the same dimension can be assigned per timesheet line).

  13. To clear the timesheet line, click the red 'x' on the right hand side of the line (Note: approved/processed/rejected timesheets are unable to be edited or cleared).
  14. Only relevant rows need to be filled out. If the employee did not work on particular days, those lines may be left blank.
  15. Once all required changes have been made, click Save.

    N.B: If the user has 'Approve Timesheets' permission, the 'Save' button will have an additional option to 'Save and approve' by clicking the arrow to the right of the button.


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Timesheet costings

When entering timesheets for an employee, you can view the costs of the associated timesheets by following these steps:

  1. From the filter menu, ensure the "Show Costs" option is selected

  2. Once this option is selected, you will then see a "Costs" column. You can hover over the "costs" value for any timesheet to see the cost breakdown

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Advanced Editing

Some additional timesheet details are not able to be entered via the timesheet grid and must be entered via the timesheet editor. These details include:

  • Notes for the timesheet
  • Additional breaks (if you need more than one)
  • Higher classification (if an employee is on an employment agreement and works higher duties for a period of time).

If any of these details are required, the timesheet editor may be opened by clicking the 'pencil' icon on the right hand side of the grid.

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Doing so will open up the timesheet editor where all aspects of the timesheet may be edited.

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Make the the required changes.

Click Apply to close the dialog and return to the timesheet grid.

Actions Menu

Clicking on the 'Actions' button when creating a timesheet provides several additional features:


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  • Add another timesheet line: If the employee works multiple shifts for the one day, this action will enable the user to add another line for a particular day.
  • Add standard hours: This option will only show if the employee has advanced working hours set up via their Employee file > Pay run defaults page:

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  • Copy timesheets from last week: This will pre-fill the timesheets for this period with the same timesheets that were entered in the last period. The timesheets may then be modified as required before clicking Save. This option will only show if timesheets have been entered for last week. 
  • Clear timesheets: This will clear all of the timesheets. Note: Approved/Processed/Rejected timesheets are read-only and may not be cleared.
  • Revert changes: This will reload the timesheets for this period, discarding any changes made since the last save.
  • Enter hours instead of start/stop times: Normally, start and stop times are required when entering timesheets. These play an important role when using pay conditions (for example paying the employee a higher rate for evening work). If these features are not required, this action will enable the user to enter hours only. For example, instead of entering 9am - 5pm, the user will simply be able to enter 8 hours. This option will only show if the business setting allows it. You'll find this option on the Payroll settings > Timesheets page:

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Productivity Tips 

  • The fastest method of data entry is to click on a cell and then begin typing. To move to the next cell, either press Tab or Enter or one of the arrow keys.
  • Copy and Paste is available. You may fill in one timesheet line, then select it, copy to clipboard and then paste it into another line. You may also copy timesheet(s) from a different period and paste them in
  • Drag-down is available. Notice the little square (fill handle) in the corner of the selected cell. You can drag it (drag-down) to repeat the values from the cell.
  • For any advanced functions (such as entering additional breaks or notes), click the pencil icon on the right to bring up a timesheet editor
  • No changes are saved until you click the Save button.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts may be used in the timesheet grid.

Navigation

  • Arrow Up ↑ – move to the cell above current active cell (if exists)
  • Arrow Down ↓ – move to cell underneath current active cell (if exists)
  • Arrow Right → – move to the cell on the right side of the current active cell (if exists)
  • Arrow Left ← – move to the cell on the left side of current active cell (if exists)
  • Tab – move to the cell on the right side of the current active cell (if exists)
  • Tab + Shift – move to the cell on the left side of current active cell (if exists)
  • Home – move to the first cell in a row
  • End – move to the last cell in a row
  • Ctrl + Home – move to the first cell in a column
  • Ctrl + End – move to the last cell in a column

Selection

  • Ctrl + A – select all
  • Shift + Arrow Up ↑ – extend selection of the cell above
  • Shift + Arrow Down ↓ – extend selection of the cell underneath
  • Shift + Arrow Right → – extend selection of the cell on the right
  • Shift + Arrow Left ← – extend selection of the cell on the left
  • Shift + Home – select all cells in the row to the right including the current cell
  • Shift + End – select all cells in the row to the left including the current cell
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home – select all cells in the column to the top including the current cell
  • Ctrl + Shift + End – select all cells in the column to the bottom including the current cell

Editor

  • Enter – open/close cell editor
  • F2 – open cell editor
  • Esc – cancel editing and close cell editor
  • Backspace – empty cell
  • Delete – empty cell
  • Ctrl + C – copy cell's content
  • Ctrl + X – cut cell's content
  • Ctrl + V – paste cell's content
  • Ctrl + Arrow Down ↓ – create another timesheet for the same date as the current line
  • Ctrl + Enter - fill all selected cells with edited cell's value
  • Ctrl + Z – undo
  • Ctrl + Y – redo

If you have any feedback or questions please contact us via support@yourpayroll.com.au 

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