Clarity: Review and Approve Timesheets

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As a resource manager, you review and approve timesheets for resources that report to you. You must have timesheet approval rights for these resources. You can also review and approve timesheets as a project manager, provided you have the timesheet approval rights for your resources. As a resource, you can also access timesheets from
Rally
, if you have Timesheet Navigate access right. Timesheet review and approval is essential to the operational success of the entire project, and helps in the following ways:
  • Monitor budget and resource allocation.
  • Manage time on the schedule.
  • Measure team member performance.
  • Measure your planned project against the actuals.
You can send reminders to users about submitting their timesheets, you can approve or return all submitted timesheets, and you can add notes to timesheets that were submitted or returned.
Before you begin, review the
Timesheet Review and Approval
information in
Clarity
: Compare with
Classic PPM
. This information helps you better understand the timesheet-related capabilities in
Clarity
.
Send Timesheet Reminders
As a timesheet approver, send reminders to a specific user or to all users who have not submitted their timesheet. You can send reminders to team members from the Open and Returned columns. Open shows all users (team members) who have not yet submitted their timesheets. Returned timesheets are considered Open, and they must be updated and resubmitted in a timely manner.
  • When you send a reminder:
    • A
      reminder sent
      icon appears in the team member list with the time that the reminder was sent.
    • A reminder notification is sent to the team member based on the configuration for user notifications in
      Classic PPM
      . Team members can receive an email, SMS text message, a notification in
      Clarity
      or in
      Classic PPM
      , or any combination. As an administrator, see Configure Notifications and Notification Templates.
  • If no reminder has been sent, the Send Reminder button is available.
  • After you send a reminder to a user, if you select the user again, a Remind Again button is available the next time that you access the user.
The following image shows how to send an initial timesheet reminder:
Image illustrating how to send an initial timesheet reminder.
The following image shows how to send a follow-up reminder:
Image illustrating how to send a follow-up reminder.
Add Notes to Timesheets
As a timesheet approver, you can add the following types of notes for your team members:
  • Generic notes at the timesheet level such as to remind team members to submit their timesheets
  • Specific notes at the timesheet line item level such as to notify team members about issues in their submitted timesheets.
To add a generic note for a team member for the entire timesheet (for example, to include a reminder message), in the Team Member column, click the team member name. In the Details panel that opens up, click Notes, and add your message. A notes indicator appears in the Team Member column for the team member row as shown in the following image:
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Add Notes to Timesheet Entries
When looking at a submitted timesheet, you can click Detailed Timesheet to view the line items in the timesheet. From the detailed view, you can add a specific note for an individual task line item in the timesheet. A notes indicator appears for the line item on the timesheet grid as shown in the following image:
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Video: Review and Approve Timesheets
In the following video, you learn how to review and approve timesheets for your team members and the timesheets for other teams for whom you have timesheet approval rights.

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Review, Approve and Return Submitted Timesheets
As a timesheet approver with instance rights for timesheet approval, you are notified when users submit their timesheets. You review and approve the time that your team members record against tasks. When necessary, return a timesheet for corrections. The team member receives a notification about the returned timesheet. For example, the timesheet shows incorrect codes or hours applied to the wrong tasks. The team member receives a notification about the returned timesheet and can make corrections and submit the timesheet again. You can also review and approve timesheets for team members of other resource managers provided you have the timesheet approval rights for them. For example, if a resource manager is going on vacation, they can ask you to review and approve the timesheets for their team members.
  • Resource Manager:
    When you first login as a resource manager, you only see, by default, the submitted timesheets for your direct reports (or My Team) for whom you have timesheet approval access rights. To review timesheets in other states (or status) and to display all your direct reports, click SHOW ALL next to Members. To review and filter timesheets submitted to other resource managers, click Resource Manager, and select the resource manager.
  • Project Manager:
    If you are a project manager with timesheet approval access rights, you might not see any submitted timesheets if you do not have any team members that report directly to you. Under Showing, click the drop-down list next to My Team and select ALL to display your direct reports and all other resources for whom you have timesheet approval rights.
The filtering that you apply to review timesheets continues across the different timesheet periods. Once you log out, the filtering is reset to the default behavior.
In this article, you'll learn about:
Review Submitted Timesheets
Click a team member's name to view a context-sensitive panel displaying the timesheet for the team member. For submitted timesheets, a Review option is available. Use the option to review the detailed timesheet for the team member before approving or returning the timesheet. Use the navigation arrows at the top of the detailed timesheet window to continue reviewing additional timesheets submitted by other team members.
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Approve or Reject Submitted Timesheets from Review & Approve Tab
Follow these steps:
  1. Click
    Timesheets
    in the main menu.
  2. Go to
    Review & Approve
    tab.
  3. Click the resource name.
    (Optional) To filter timesheets submitted to other resource managers, click Resource Manager, and select the resource manager.
  4. To approve a timesheet, click the thumbs-up icon.
  5. To return a timesheet for corrections, click the thumbs-down icon.
The following image illustrates how you can approve or return a submitted timesheet from the
Review & Approve
tab.
The following image illustrates how you can approve or return a submitted timesheet from the Review Approve tab.
The following image illustrates how you can approve all or return all the submitted timesheet from the
Review & Approve
tab.
The following image illustrates how you can approve all or return all the submitted timesheet from the Review and Approve tab.
Approve or Reject Submitted Timesheets from Timesheets tab
If you have approver rights, use the Bulk Actions to approve or return multiple timesheets at once. This is an efficient way when you’ve multiple project contributors submitting timesheets.
Follow these steps:
  1. From the main menu, click
    Timesheets
    .
  2. Go to
    Timesheets
    tab.
  3. From the timesheets layout, select the Grid View.
  4. From the Column Picker, select
    Time Period is Open
    .
  5. Apply filters and select the filter options as required.
    1. For example, set the Status as Submitted to see all the timesheets which are in the submitted state.
  6. Select the timesheets that you want to approve or return.
  7. You can use the bulk actions to click
    Approve
    or
    Return
    .
    The bulk actions appear only if you select the timesheets with
    Submitted
    or
    Approved
    status. You cannot use the context menu to approve multiple timesheets.
The following image illustrates how you can use the Bulk Actions to approve or return multiple timesheets at once.
Adjust Posted Timesheets
When a resource submits a timesheet, the actuals are
pending
until the timesheet is approved. If the actuals consume the remaining ETC, the pending status is changed and the pending dates of the original assignment change. After you approve the timesheet, the pending actuals, status, and dates in the resource assignment are updated.
Occasionally, a posted timesheet needs adjustment to fix time entry errors such as incorrect hours or wrong charge codes. As a timesheet approver, you can click Adjust to create an adjustment timesheet. The adjustment timesheet appears as a new Open timesheet for the associated team member. You can add a note for the team member to inform them about the adjustment. After the adjustment timesheet is submitted, approved, and posted, this new timesheet replaces the previously posted timesheet that was returned.
View Timesheets for Others in a Closed Time Reporting Period
When a time reporting period is closed, the resource manager can go to the period and view details of a timesheet for other team members in the Timesheet tab. To edit, adjust or process a timesheet, the period must be open. The system administrator can re-open a time reporting period.
Search or Filter Timesheets
You can filter timesheets for resources by searching on a resource name or resource manager. You can filter on those resources on whom you have timesheet approval access rights. You can also view, approve, return, and adjust the timesheets of the resources reporting to other managers.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click Timesheets from the main menu and click the
    REVIEW & APPROVE
    tab.
    A list of your team members appears with the current time period.
  2. Use the Search or Filter bar to search for timesheets as follows. You can select multiple values for the filter options.
    • Resource
      Filters by all resources for whom you have timesheet approval rights
    • Resource Manager
      Filters by the resource managers for the resources for whom you have the timesheet approval rights
    • Resource OBS
      Filters by all resources associated to an OBS for whom you have timesheet approval rights
  3. Review the submitted time for a team member by clicking the team member name.
  4. Optionally add a note for the timesheet and do one of the following:
    • To approve a timesheet, click
      Approve
      (thumbs-up icon).
    • To return a timesheet for corrections, click
      Return
      (thumbs-down icon).
The following illustration shows how you can filter timesheets by resource manager(s):
This image illustrates resource filters on timesheets
Access
Clarity
Timesheets from Rally
As a team member, you can access your
Clarity
 timesheets directly from
Rally
. Contact your administrator or see
Configure
Clarity
Timesheet from
Rally
The timesheet integration feature is not supported if you are using
Clarity
 SaaS with the On Demand Portal.
You can configure SSO for the timesheets integration feature in a
Clarity
SaaS and Rally SaaS environment. See for details.