Tempus is a Web-based timesheet management system for staffing firms and their clients.
Using Tempus, consultants working at client sites enter their weekly
timesheets and submit them for approval to their client supervisors. When the
timesheet is submitted by the consultant, Tempus automatically sends an email notification to
The supervisor clicks a link in the email message to approve the timesheet.
Other options, such as disapproval, are also available.
As soon as a timesheet is created, all authorized users can see
The resulting data can be sliced in many ways to provide information for payroll,
billing, and sales analysis.
Here is a list of the things you need to set up your first consultant on
Create a new Consultant user.
Create a new Client record for consultant’s customer.
Create a new Supervisor record for the consultant’s client supervisor.
Create a new Contract for the Consultant.
That’s it. Your consultant can start submitting timesheets.
You can give others in your office access to Tempus by creating User records
for them. See the section titled Creating New Users below.
Are You a Trial User?
If you have not yet signed up for trial use, you should do so
now. Click the Trial Use link on the Home Page toolbar. The form requires
minimal information about you and your company. This information is NEVER
provided to third parties, is strictly confidential, and is used only by
The sign up process will create a Member record describing your firm and a
User record setting you up as the Administrator for your firm. Your initial
password will be emailed to you at the end of the sign-up process.
Click the Member Login link on the homepage. Enter the password and the UserID you
created in registration to open Tempus.
Create a New Consultant
Choose the Users link on the Administrator’s navigation bar. When the Work With
Users page is displayed, click New.
Enter the information requested. Choose the Consultant role; enter a UserID of
your choice and an initial password. Remember, you are responsible for
communicating the UserID and password to your user; the system doesn’t do it
automatically. Click OK when you’re done.
Create a New Client
Client information is used to help organize and present timesheet data.
To create a new Client, choose the Clients link on the Administrator’s
navigation bar. When the Work With Clients page is displayed, click New.
Enter the client information. All that’s required is client name and client
number. It is helpful to use your client’s accounts receivable client number in
this place. Later on it will help you match up your timesheets and billing
records. Click OK when you’re done.
Create a New Client Supervisor
Client supervisors are a special class of users. Supervisors are employed by
your customers. They approve individual timesheets for your consultants.
To create a new Supervisor, choose the Supervisors link on the Administrator’s
navigation bar. When the Work With Supervisors page is displayed, click New.
Enter the supervisor information. Role is locked on this form. The email
address is used to notify the supervisor when a consultant has submitted his
timesheet. The only way a supervisor can open a timesheet for approval is to
click the link in the notification email, so the email address has to be accurate. Click OK
when you’re done.
Create a New Contract
The Contract assembles all the information about a consulting assignment into
one place. Just like a real-world contract, it identifies the client, the
consultant, and the supervisor, and it records some important details about the
deal like the rate and the effective date. Billing rates, while logically part
of the deal, are handled on the Rate, Cost and Commission form because of space
limitations on the Contract.
To create a new Contract, choose the Contracts link on the Administrator’s
navigation bar. When the Work With Contracts page is displayed, click New.
Enter the contract information.
The PO Number is your client’s PO Number for this contract. The Max Hours/Week
defaults to 65, but you can reset this to any number from 1 to 160. The
Effective Date is the first day for which time can be entered for this
contract. The Start Day is the day of the week on which a new timesheet period
Sales Rep is optional and can be entered later to provide the rep with access
to the timesheets created under this contract.
Contract Complete is a security feature that allows you to disable further
timesheet entry when a consultant finishes the assignment. It is also used to find
open, active contracts. It is used by the Timesheet Control page to determine which
timesheets have NOT been submitted for the current week, eliminating your dependence
on FAX, email, and checklists to figure out who needs to be reminded to submit.
Click OK when you’re done with the contract. Almost all of the data is
editable, so if you’re missing something you can always come back and add it.
Enter Rate, Cost and Commission Information
Use the Rate Cost and Commissions page to record financial details about the
contract. This information is optional, but it will greatly increase the
usefulness of timesheet data because it will allow you to view queries and
reports that show revenue, margin and costs as well as print commission reports
for your sales reps.
You do not have to enter this information before your consultant starts
submitting timesheets. Tempus will allow you to enter this information later
and populate timesheet history with rate, cost and commissions back to the
If you decide to use this feature, refer to the document titled “Rate, Cost and
Commission” available from the links on your landing page or from the Resources
section of the Tempus Web site.
Tell Your Consultant
Contact your consultant and tell her what’s going on. Give her the UserID you
created for her and her initial password. Ask her to sign on to Tempus and
review the information on the Consultant’s start page.
Also, contact the client supervisor. Give her the initial password you created for her. Everything
she needs to know about the system is available from the “Information For
Supervisors” link on the Tempus home page – she doesn’t even need to log in.
Create New Users
Now that you have created your first contract, you can create new Managers,
Sales Reps and if you want, new Administrators.
Be aware of the fact that different Roles have different access rights and
privileges. From a security standpoint, you’ll be pretty safe if you stick to
assigning roles based on job title; where salespeople are given Sales Rep
roles, for example, not Consultant roles.
Be particularly cautious about providing the Administrator role to any but the
most trusted individuals in your firm.
Thank you for using Tempus. We hope your experience with the product is
productive and profitable.