Do what? You have described the environment well, but you have failed to let us in on what you are trying to do!
If you are keeping track of work, you need a Database, not a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets calculate complex math equations! A database keeps data in an index for analysis. A database can also do complex math! A database can provide with reports for specific projects. A database can provide analytics on employee utilization and such!
If you are willing to try to learn VBA and Excel, it is worth your time to understand a database. The learning curve is not as steep, and it will provide much more value, turn key! No programming languages needed (besides SQL). The database will have wizards to assist with the SQL portions!
Give that a try!