Ron Baker is Wrong 2

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.


  1. Wow! Greg must be a blast to work for. Just think, if the staff takes a 10 minute potty break, the firm loses $1040. Maybe they work (and contribute to the value that the client receives) during their potty break.

  2. This is pure scumbaggy with the change of clock. Maybe legal but it doesn’t sound ethical to me. It may sound innovative on the surface but it is still slimy.

    What happens when clients find out about the practice? Sooner or later they will.

    If the objective is to screw clients out of as much money as possible , then this is the way.

    But maintaining client relationships based on mutual trust and respect, I don’t think this is the way.

    But I may be wrong.

  3. Russ Seagle says

    Whoa, Greg! You mean you set your clocks ahead an hour and bill the client because you’re all “still at work???” How unethical is that?!? Can’t be undone by NOT working when the clocks “fall back,” by the way. Unethical is as unethical does. Glad my plumber doesn’t subscribe to your TIMESHEET antics.

  4. Wow. Just wow. So to earn an extra $6240 the entire staff has to stay up until 3:30 AM on a Sunday Morning and then they “party” with waffles and cheese (which does not sound that good, Greg)?

    Are they getting paid overtime? Are they missing out on family time, church services, etc?

    Sounds like value-pricing could make everyone’s life a little nicer at this place.

  5. Pretty sure Greg’s being facetious here to make a point. I sure hope so anyway.

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