NEW feature! Customized application groups that suit your employees’ specifics

It’s been a while since we added application groups. This function let you categorize all applications in groups, which made it easy to see what your employees had been working on.

Yet not all applications can be put in the 6 categories proposed, right? Therefore, we’ve added a new function – you can now create specific and more accurate application groups that suit your company’s and employees’ specifics.

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The top 5 most popular posts on the DeskTime blog in 2014

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January is halfway through, which means that 2015 is rapidly taking off. But while we still remember 2014, let’s look back at the most read DeskTime blog posts that helped us get through it. Last year here at the DeskTime blog we gave tips, gathered ideas, solved problems; we experimented with and introduced new app features. And here are the winners!

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Music doesn’t increase your productivity (but it helps you get more stuff done)

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Listening to music at work is still an individual thing – one can find it helpful, while others, disturbing. Yet, various studies claim that it’s able to boost overall workplace performance.

In a survey by Spotify, respondents admitted that music helps them do more because it creates a relaxing state, which makes them less nervous and fatigued, more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.

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The complete guide to coffee drinking [infographic]

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already had at least one cup of coffee so far today – according to statistics about adults, at least. One study discovered that 83% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee in the morning. While most people drink at least three! Although many don’t realize it, there actually is a right way and a wrong way to drink coffee. Therefore, let’s start with some facts!

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3 ways you can boost office productivity by bringing in the Christmas spirit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the holiday spirit is taking over the office. Either you want it or not, sooner or later that’s going to be the only thing you’ll be thinking about. Therefore, here are three simple ways to bring the Christmas cheer in the office, and still be able to get things done.

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Ever wonder how beer affects productivity?

Well, I tried, here are the results.

A while back I came across research done by the University of Chicago. They found that drinking two beers helped accomplish creative tasks. Their reasoning was that it broke down barriers of critical thinking and helped them think outside the box to reach more solutions to the problem solving task they were given.

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When it comes to work and productivity, is social media really so evil?

According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.

Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.

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Conflicts at workplace erode productivity, a study shows

Conflicts at workplaces are inevitable, and even necessary for progress. However, if handled poorly, it can lead to significant productivity loss, a recent study shows.

A study in New Zealand found that 24% of employees surveyed have had at least one disagreement or argument at work that distracted or prevented them from doing their job. Because of conflicts employees become less focused on their jobs, they make more mistakes and tend to miss deadlines. Other consequences include loss of motivation and self confidence.

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