Greg Kyte is the self-proclaimed “Champion of the Dissenters.”
Here is Greg’s second contribution in defense of the billable hour and timesheet.
Ron Baker, you were wrong once again. The night before last was one of the biggest nights of the year for my firm. You and the rest of the VeraSage flunkies could have had a piece of it too, but I guess you ditched the timesheet an hour too soon.
You see, we have an annual tradition during the heart of busy season. Everyone in our firm is expected to work the night before daylight savings time. We all work until 3:30 a.m. at which point we have a party. The party consists of waffles and a cheese tray. How we can afford to treat our people that good, you ask? Well, it’s all thanks to Ben Franklin and a little thing that we like to call the TIMESHEET because at precisely 2 a.m. we set our clocks ahead to 3 a.m. With a staff of 52 and an average billable rate of $120, our firm pockets an extra $6,240 just for staying up late and “springing ahead”.
Talk about leveraging people power! The lever is the timesheet and the hands pulling it are the hands of our clock. Hey, relax; we know this doesn’t work for our affiliates in Arizona or Hawaii. And we are very careful in that we forbid our people from working late when we “fall back”. (Imagine that: we’ve thought it through even though we don’t have the luxury of a think tank.)
Boom! Did you hear that? That was the sound of another hole blown in the hull of the Good Ship VeraSage. Sorry, Cap’n Ron.