Team members, by default, can edit every time entry they’ve made as well as add new time entries for past dates.

This flexibility, while useful, can sometimes be a problem. For example, an employee can change their hours after you’ve sent a report to your client or payroll and cause confusion. So we added a special feature that lets you lock all time data submitted by users before a specified date.

You can prevent employees from editing their old time entries or adding new entries to past dates by locking timesheets. Once you lock timesheets, you can safely send your reports to your clients or accountant knowing the data will stay accurate.

Lock timesheets is an extra feature, which you can enable by upgrading your workspace.

How locked time entries look like in Detailed report for a team member

Locking timesheets #

  1. Go to your workspace settings
  2. Switch “Lock entries” to “Locked”
  3. Specify a date before which all time entries will be locked
  4. Click Save to apply

When entries are locked before, for example, April 15th, it means that regular users won’t be able to:

  • Edit any time entries with the date April 14th or earlier
  • Add new time entries with the date April 14th or earlier

Lock timesheet and time entries

Locking timesheets doesn’t affect administrators. Admins can still edit and add time in the locked period.

To unlock, move the switch back, and everyone will be able to edit all their time entries and add new ones to any date they want.

Tips #

Don’t forget to update the lock date every once in a while. You can update this setting each day or once a month, depending on your need.

For example, on every 1st of the month, you can go to your Workspace Settings, choose the 1st of the current month, and all time entries for the previous months will become locked. Then, you can safely issue invoices to clients and give payroll the data for calculating payouts, without worrying that something will change.