If nagging doesn't work, try beer: Company offers incentive to turn in time sheets


Fill out your time sheet and get a free beer.

That's a Minneapolis ad agency's new strategy to get its employees to fill out the required paperwork completely – something a quick Internet search will show can be hard to do.

Now, Colle+McVoy, which works with brands like Grain Belt beer, Caribou Coffee and Explore Minnesota, has hooked up a beer tap, called TapServer, that allows you to pour a brew when you've submitted your completed time sheet, AdWeek reports.

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The company's creative technology and IT teams built a one-of-a-kind beer deployment system that awards free beer to employees. All they have to do is scan their key card, which verifies if their time sheet is done, then they use an iPad to select what beer they'd like.

This beer-reward system has improved employee sentiment about time sheets by 90 percent, Colle+McVoy says. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal says the agency had tried public shaming in the past – like printing big posters of the people who didn't fill out their time sheet.

Giving employees beer has worked for other companies in the past. Brazil-based JWT and Casa offers free beer at the end of the week if all employee time sheets are completed, according to The Timesheets Employee Management Blog.

Colle+McVoy's innovative workplace is one of the reasons its been named one of the best places to work for the fourth year in a row. The agency ranked No. 29 out of 100 on Outside Magazine's best places to work list for 2014, saying it's perfect for "working hard and playing hard" because it has staff-DJed workdays, weekly yoga and Pilates classes, rooftop concerts, a Friday beer trike, foosball and ping pong, among other things.

Four other Twin Cities companies made Outside Magazine's list, including Ergodyne at No. 2, Spong PR at No. 21, Haberman at No. 71 and Renter's Warehouse at No. 82.

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