Namely is mainly a giant pain for workers

THROUGHOUT THE BEGINNING of the semester, students have been expressing their Namely woes. Courtesy photo, betterbuys.com

I love working on campus.

After being here for three years, this place has really started to feel like home. So, narrowing down all of the places I have to go into one spot that I am already comfortable in is pretty great! 

I love working on campus, but I hate Newman’s continually shifting methods of payment to their employees.

It seems like every semester there is a change in the way we track our hours in order to get paid.

I truly believe it is always done with the hope of better serving us as “millennials.” But I still wish it would stop.

When I was a freshman we were still using a paper method to track hours. We would get the timesheet signed by our boss and then they would turn it into payroll. This was a great system: straightforward and no nonsense, which is exactly the way a system should be when it comes to dealing with people’s livelihood.  

Then, in the hopes of making the process become even easier, Paycom was introduced. This system took many of us about as long to get the hang of as it did for Newman to get rid of it and introduce another somehow even more complicated system: Namely. 

With the introduction of Paycom, all of our time tracking was online, a method many people would think millennials would enjoy more. But this just wasn’t the case.

The website was confusing and not very user friendly, so I was nothing but happy when I heard they were getting rid of it.

However, upon watching my first Namely tutorial I was instantly concerned. It looked as though student workers were embarking on another confusing journey of simply trying to clock our hours just so we could send whatever money Newman paid us back to the university in order to fund our time here.

It didn’t help that the tutorial gave no instruction on how to log in. When I went to the website it asked me to put in the company name, and when I did, it said that Newman was not associated with the program. It wasn’t until the second week of the semester that I finally found the emailed invitation to set up a password for the site, thanks to Nicole Brown, who is probably wildly tired of me blowing up her email with endless questions every time we get a new method for timesheets.

Overall, we student workers are a young a buoyant crowd and we will figure out the Namely system sooner or later. But I think I speak for many of us when I say that we would much prefer the old school method of pen and paper.

College is complicated enough. Let’s simplify the process of tracking our time.

This story first appeared in the February 1, 2018 issue of The Vantage.