Today, I am going to compare Excel and Outlook timesheets and find out whether they are a good fit for comprehensive project time reporting. Here are some differences between an Excel timesheet and an Outlook timesheet:
First of all, an Excel timesheet is a kind of logbook with not so many reporting capabilities, while an Outlook timesheet offers a wide array of interactive time reporting features, such as sending notifications, planning events, setting alerts, and much more.
Normally, the number of employees familiar with Excel is smaller than the number of those who use Outlook every day.
Unlike the Excel timesheet interface, the Outlook timesheet interface is easily customized, which helps minimize the time and costs of training. Outlook timesheet can be submitted daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Team members can create Outlook timesheets tied to work items data, which improves the accuracy of billing.
Using Excel timesheets, the team members who work remotely need to upload/download them. With an Outlook timesheet, team members can participate in time reporting and approval processes wherever they are located using Outlook.
An Outlook timesheet automates the approval of work hours. After a timesheet is submitted, it is automatically e-mailed to the appropriate supervisor. A timesheet can be approved with a click of a button, forwarded to the accounting department for processing, or sent back to the employee for revision. Excel timesheets don’t provide these features.
Management and Control
Outlook timesheets provide a number of tools that simplify the management of the entire time reporting process, including archiving, time compliance, etc. An Outlook timesheet also offers a much higher degree of control, than an Excel timesheet, such as separating billable and non-billable items, setting holidays, marking sick leaves, etc.
Outlook timesheets offer more functionality for time reporting, than Excel timesheets. They simplify project time tracking by offering managers and administrators greater control throughout the time reporting process.