Build a culture of high performance – start looking at your staff’s needs

This is a guest post from Christopher Austin from PeopleInsight.co.uk

Several years of practice and research have been devoted to improving performance management in companies worldwide. However, the conventional understanding of the performance review process is inefficient in the eyes of employees, managers, CEOs and company owners. Studies have shown that annual reviews are not helping increase employee engagement and performance; what really makes employees happy is the day-to-day process of offering feedback, leveraging talent and communicating expectations.

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New Feature! Cuztomizable Employee Time Table

Because not all employees work the same hours every day of the work week. Now you can customize your employees’ timetable to reflect their actual working day, even if it changes every day. 

What this really means:

You can now set a specific working time for any employee. Account admins and owners are able to set unique starting times and workday lengths to any individual employee. Whereas previously, it was only possible to set one working time for the entire company. This will lead to improved data accuracy in reports, with individual start times, employees working on later shifts aren’t marked as “late” simply because they begin work at a later time.

This is most beneficial for companies that have employees that work different shifts throughout the day

Setting up customized working time

Go to Settings -> Employees. Find the employee whose work time you would like to customise. Select “Edit”. The scroll down to the section “Customized Work Schedule” and choose “Edit”.

A new window will appear with a calendar, that will look like this:

This calendar will pop up, where you'll be able to create a customised schedule

This calendar will pop up, where you’ll be able to create a customised schedule

You’re able to change the working time for all days, or you can select, for example, every Friday of the month. Then you can alter the starting time and workday length for every day that you’ve selected.

Here you see every Friday has been selected. You can change working time for those, exclusively.

Here you see every Friday has been selected. You can change working time for those, exclusively.

Make sure to hit “Save”!

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New Feature – Archiving Employees to Pay Less and See More

Now account owners and administrators have it even easier – they can archive employees when there will be an extended period of absence, so that the company doesn’t have to pay for the employee while they’re away, and so that they don’t affect the company’s productivity statistics.

Archive employees when you know they’re coming back

Situations when you would wand to use the employee archiving function is when you have an employee that will have an extended period of absence, but you know that they’re coming back. Situations when you might want to archive an employee:

  • the employee has gone on maternity or paternity leave
  • the employee is going on a sabbatical
  • the employee is a contractor who works with your company periodically, but not constantly

You don’t pay for archived employees

When an employee is archived, they’re no longer part of the amount of employees you’re paying for monthly. This way your company can avoid paying for inactive employees.

Archiving employees

Archive employees to keep them out of your reports

The benefit of archiving employees (besides not having to pay for them) that you know won’t be showing up at work for a while, is that they won’t be constantly showing up in your reports as “absent”, and messing up your statistics. Their data will still show up in previous months when they had been active. At any point it’s possible to restore an archived employee. That can be done at the sample place the employee was archived – under “settings”->”employees”. Have any questions? Be sure to get in touch at support@desktime.com!

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Staying Late at The Office and How to Make it Work For You

This is a guest post from Rebecca Fox, a business graduate who enjoys writing about office life and productivity for Foxhall Business Centres.

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It’s no great secret that the job market is more competitive now than it ever has been. Not only are there fewer jobs to go around, but there are more skilled workers with degrees, ambition and experience waiting in the wings to take those jobs. As such, many employees have started upping their game at work in order to create promotional opportunities for themselves or simply to secure their current jobs in the face of budget cuts, and younger, more qualified competition. One method being employed is to put in extra hours at work.

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5 easy ways to get more from your employees

When establishing your own business, one of the biggest challenges is cultivating an effective managerial style. Here are some techniques that you can implement to develop your managerial presence, while motivating your employees and improving productivity at the same time. 

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1. Create self-esteem incentives

If your employees feel appreciated and respected, they’ll be more motivated and are more likely to work efficiently. Build incentives that will impact your employees the most. That might be empowering and employees by putting them in charge of an important project or presentation, or giving them the opportunity to train in another department. As a result, your employees will feel that their skills, and themselves personally, are valued by the company and thus your workforce will be happier and more productive. 

2. Streamline expectations

When assigning a project, it’s important that there is a clear primary goal. If you add other minor goals to a project, that can often detract from your original purpose and reduce employee efficiency. By channeling the majority of employee effort on accomplishing your main goal, they’ll remain focused and will better understand the task at hand. As a result, your employees will deliver a better end product and will also have more time and energy to devote to the next important project. 

3. Define employee roles

Within a working environment, structure is key to success. Provide clear communication to your employees regarding what you expect them to do, and what they can expect other people to do. Therefore, your employees will work on their individual roles more competently, and will know who to turn to when they need information or help in a specific area. If all employees know their specific roles and aims, as well as those of others, then your company will have the effective structure necessary to make smooth progress. Moreover, it gives employees an opportunity to exercise responsibility and take pride in their specific roles. 

4. Use an internal communication system

Regardless of the scale of your business, it’s fundamental that you provide your team with adequate online communication tools such as instant messaging and project management resources. This will enable them to remain connected and informed immediately of any project updates or changes, no matter where they are located within the framework of your business. Internal Communication Systems are particularly popular within public services where communication is vital, such as the UK NHS where Premier Patient Line provide internal communications systems. 

5. Provide constructive and meaningful feedback on a regular basis

Feedback is fundamental to an effective management relationship with your employees. Aim to offer regular and helpful feedback to employees in a way that encourages them to work harder, rather than criticisms which are likely to reduce their motivation. Your feedback doesn’t always have to be positive, but is does always need to be constructive – working towards a goal. Always seek to encourage employees; if they have not achieved a goal, show them methods in which they could improve or assign them help, rather than simply berating them. This way, employees are more likely to come to you if they need help. Moreover, they are more likely to work productively if they feel their work is appreciated and held in high regard. 

AuthorThis article was written by George Campbell a freelance writer from Birmingham, England. George has been a teacher for four years and he loves writing about education but he is versatile and he also write across a variety of other topics. You can connect with George on Twitter and Google+.

 

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Private Time Reminders Have Arrived!

A common problem DeskTime users have is that when they put on “Private Time” mode (where no time is tracked or goes towards the working day), they forget to take it off. That lead to lots of time that was spent actually working was completely unaccounted for. 

You will never have the problem of lost working time again, thanks to the new Private Time feature.

You will automatically be reminded in 15 minutes that you’re still in Private Time.

This will pop up on your screen

This will pop up on your screen

That way, if you’ve forgotten, you simply uncheck Private Time, and get back to tracking all the work you’re doing. If you’re still using Private Time and don’t want to track your time, you can simply ignore the reminder. You’ll get another one in 15 minutes, and every 15 minutes after that.  

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3 simple resolutions to maximize productivity in 2014

It’s a new year, a time for looking back at your previous year, and looking ahead to the next. Here are three very simple resolutions that will keep productivity high in 2014.

1. Focus on the few vital tasks

Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80/20 rule)? It states that 80% of results come from 20% of the causes. This means that of all of your daily tasks, you will get 80% of your total daily results from those 20% of tasks.

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How Office Security Can Boost Productivity

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At first glance, it might seem like workplace security measures would hinder productivity. After all, security measures block access to certain websites,require the generation of complicated passwords and often necessitate training sessions for employees.

But upon further examination, business owners are likely to find that security measures can actually increase productivity and improve overall employee performance. Rather than being viewed as a necessary evil, security measures – just like breaks – should be used to help workplaces operate more efficiently than ever before.

Here are a few examples of how office security and productivity go hand in hand. Although implementing these measures may require a little work upfront, they are likely to pay off over the long haul in terms of safety and efficiency.

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The Productivity of Breaks

For many people, being productive is doing with a “Get Shit Done” mindset and attitude. And while it’s undeniable that work can only be done when a person is actually doing something, there’s a growing mountain of evidence that points towards breaks as an improving factor in an individual’s productivity. We’re going to look at this mountain and get to the bottom of why it seems that doing nothing is helping us do other stuff.

Not everyone can concentrate for 8 hours straight

Not everyone can concentrate for 8 hours straight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Become a DeskTime Affiliate Partner

Earn for every customer you send our way

We’ve launched an affiliate program that will let you make money for every client you send to us – simply sign up to become an affiliate parter,  suggest DeskTime to others who might benefit from time tracking, and then watch as you make money.

The way it works

1. You create an account – you’ll be given several different links, each one is linked to your account. So we know if someone comes to our site from your link, then we know to credit you!

2. Share your links - send your links to people who you think might be interested. Or just put your links out into the internet! It’s up do you!

3. Earn money - you get notified when someone has registered to DeskTime from your links. Like every DeskTime user, they get a one month free trial to see if they like it. At the end of the month, if they decide to continue using DeskTime, then you begin to earn. You get 25% of the amount they pay, every month!

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