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    First time I'm experiencing this, so just wanted to ask how best to handle it. Been contracting quite a while at current client, never had an issue before & was recently given a 2 month extension.

    My timesheet for last week hasn't been approved yet. Sent chasers internally but no response (the approver is working). Obviously this week's timesheet is due in a couple of days. If he doesn't sign either of them, that will be 2 weeks worth of timesheets that havent been approved.

    At what point would you escalate to the agency? And how many missed time-sheets before you pack it in and don't turn up for work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sira View Post
    First time I'm experiencing this, so just wanted to ask how best to handle it. Been contracting quite a while at current client, never had an issue before & was recently given a 2 month extension.

    My timesheet for last week hasn't been approved yet. Sent chasers internally but no response (the approver is working). Obviously this week's timesheet is due in a couple of days. If he doesn't sign either of them, that will be 2 weeks worth of timesheets that havent been approved.

    At what point would you escalate to the agency? And how many missed time-sheets before you pack it in and don't turn up for work?
    It's been one working day since you submitted it and it still hasn't been approved? I'd be packing up my things and leaving immediately

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    Quote Originally Posted by sira View Post
    First time I'm experiencing this, so just wanted to ask how best to handle it. Been contracting quite a while at current client, never had an issue before & was recently given a 2 month extension.

    My timesheet for last week hasn't been approved yet. Sent chasers internally but no response (the approver is working). Obviously this week's timesheet is due in a couple of days. If he doesn't sign either of them, that will be 2 weeks worth of timesheets that havent been approved.

    At what point would you escalate to the agency? And how many missed time-sheets before you pack it in and don't turn up for work?
    Phone the timesheet approver and have a chat about it. You will catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruff View Post
    Phone the timesheet approver and have a chat about it. You will catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar...
    He's a super senior guy who doesn't like talking to people and isn't approachable. Nobody ever just "phones" him. I know it sounds stupid, but its a ridiculous cultural thing in these inhumane US houses.

    Also, given the current market conditions naturally I don't want to ruffle feathers. Telling my agency first might be the most suitable way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sira View Post
    He's a super senior guy who doesn't like talking to people and isn't approachable. Nobody ever just "phones" him. I know it sounds stupid, but its a ridiculous cultural thing in these inhumane US houses.

    Also, given the current market conditions naturally I don't want to ruffle feathers. Telling my agency first might be the most suitable way?

    But still, yesterday was the first day back after the holiday, he's only 1 day late!
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    I'd be giving my notice in and leaving. Sounds like an utter shambles... :
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    But still, yesterday was the first day back after the holiday, he's only 1 day late!
    I know. He's never approved them late before and I've been on meetings with him yesterday and this morning (with other people too so couldnt raise it). Just wanted to know how best to handle it, if the issue persists (as it's new to me) and in the current unprecedented chaos. I wouldn't want to work for 2-3 weeks with no pay obviously.

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    I find in situations like that it's really important to demonstrate who the alpha is, and who is really in charge. Kick his door in, push him back down into the chair and explain to him the error of his ways.

    Or don't stress so much. Personally I'd phone him up regardless, though - stop being a scaredy cat and run your business.

    I worked in an IB with a similar type of boss - everybody was scared of him, tiptoeing round. I dropped out a few mails, knocked on his door a few times and next thing I know I'm being invited to all sorts of meetings. Felt a bit bad for the permies, tbh. Especially when he came to my leaving drinks. Mind you, he really was ******* mental, wouldn't choose to work with him again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sira View Post
    I know. He's never approved them late before and I've been on meetings with him yesterday and this morning (with other people too so couldnt raise it). Just wanted to know how best to handle it, if the issue persists (as it's new to me) and in the current unprecedented chaos. I wouldn't want to work for 2-3 weeks with no pay obviously.
    Gather evidence that you've worked the days just in case the worst happens.
    It's probably an oversight. I had a hiring manager who had an alarm to approve timesheets at 3PM on Mondays. The fact that he timed it with our afternoon trip to the coffee shop was *ahem* pure coincidence. If your hiring manager has the same, he's probably missed his Monday alarm because he didn't work it.

    Alternative paranoid thought - have any other contractors had their timesheet approved yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sira View Post
    He's a super senior guy who doesn't like talking to people and isn't approachable. Nobody ever just "phones" him. I know it sounds stupid, but its a ridiculous cultural thing in these inhumane US houses.

    Also, given the current market conditions naturally I don't want to ruffle feathers. Telling my agency first might be the most suitable way?
    I'm assuming you are doing this gig as an inside IR35 gig, since you are conforming to the client cultural norms and not calling this guy because others don't.

    You are a business and you have a right to be paid and communicate with your client. Just pick up the phone...

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