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Wow. Electronic Time Sheets
The D ran a story yesterday that had to leave private-sector business executives laughing:
The payroll office and the campus finance centers are implementing the employee time management system, which transfers all hourly paid campus staff and students to an electronic platform.
Up until recently, as Dartblog described in 2010, many Dartmouth staff members would fill in their timesheets by hand, drop them into campus collection boxes, and the information on those paper sheets would then be transcribed into the College’s accounting software by a team of six diligent data-entry specialists (possibly the most boring job on the planet). Of course, the potential for error was huge, as was the potential for, ahem, inaccuracy on the part of employees who entered their own hours.
In my own business, employees swipe a card through a reader when they arrive at work, and that swipe goes straight into software that calculates their paycheck every two weeks. We’ve been using this method of recording employees’ hours since we opened the doors in 1998. Of course, the technology has been out there for much longer. ADP and Paychex are two of the huge payroll processing companies that do timesheets and produce pay checks for most companies in America.
Addendum: Yale switched to electronic timesheets a decade ago.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…