It’s no great secret that the job market is more competitive now than it ever has been before.
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.
Many employees have started upping their game for promotional opportunities. Moreover, there is a need now 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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Let’s say your business is doing well. You are constantly growing, increasing revenue. You have the best people on the team, dedicated to the same goals and vision as you are.
Sounds perfect, huh?
It comes to your attention that some of your employees are chitchatting behind people’s backs, and some seem a little resentful.
You notice that some of your workers are taking advantage of your good heart and are deliberately being difficult:
Some may not be as punctual as you’d want them to be. Some are cheating your time clocking system. And you may think it’s something offensive only to you, but consider your other honest and hardworking team members. Is this fair to them?
As a manager, it’s your job to take notice. Because good office environment has a huge effect on your employees’ work capabilities. Unfortunately, so does a bad one.
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This month, DeskTime is celebrating its 6th anniversary. It’s been a hell of a ride, we’ve got to tell you!
Besides the anniversary, this year we’re celebrating another remarkable thing – we’ve reached 100,000 registered users. That’s right – over 100K people are using DeskTime, in teams or individually. And we love them all equally.
Now, before we get to the cake, champagne, and blowing candles, let’s look back at the 6 great years of DeskTime. From its very first days in this big online world, to becoming one of the best-known time tracking and productivity apps out there.
But let’s start all from the beginning…
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If you’re looking for the best productivity tools in one place, you’ve just hit the jackpot.
We did the research, so you don’t have to. Here are 20 of the best productivity apps to use in 2017 that will help you optimize your time and get more things done whilst staying balanced, happy, and, you know… sane.
Without further ado – here they are:
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I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
The most important tasks for a company owner or manager are to make sure that work is getting done, and everyone is moving in the same direction.
Each employee is like a cog in a complex machinery, and everyone has to be doing their job to reach the common goal.
However, all too often, managers and owners alike run into the challenge of dealing with unmotivated employees not doing their jobs. That can range from not coming to work, taking leisurely lunch breaks, not clocking in or out, and ultimately, cheating the system.
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Your office desk is an incredibly personal place. This isn’t surprising when you consider just how much time you spend there.
Look at the stats:
People spend on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desks. It means the only thing you spend more time doing a day is sleeping. When you consider that, it’s only natural your desk almost becomes an extension of your personality.
We are all different. Therefore, each person’s desk reveals something different about them as a worker and as a person. No matter if you’re a clean freak or the messiest person on earth.
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Great project managers do two things very well:
First, they know their projects inside out – which people are involved, at what stage each of their projects are, and so on.
Second, they are great at managing their team’s and their own time.
Today, I will show you how you can use the DeskTime Projects feature to manage your projects, track their progress and time consumption, and precisely calculate your project costs and individual employee costs within the project.
I will also give you ideas how you can use this feature if you’re a project manager in a company or a freelancer managing your own business.
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Where you work is as important as what you do.
Various studies have found a connection between office environment and employee productivity. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your team’s overall productivity about 20%.
And if 20% increase in productivity doesn’t sound convincing enough to invest in office improvements, here are some more stats that might change your mind:
A study found a company’s most productive employees can increase its yearly profit by $5,000.
Meanwhile, the average cost US businesses pay for unfocused and disengaged employees can reach $450-550 billion yearly.
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This guide has everything you need to know about the new DeskTime screenshots feature.
We rolled out this screen monitoring feature just a month ago, and today already 25% of our customers are using it and have taken almost 200K screenshots with DeskTime!
But is it for you?
If you want bigger control over your company’s resources, and especially – if you’re managing a remote team, the answer is yes, this new feature might be exactly what you need to try.
Keep reading to learn what this new feature does, what purposes you can use it for, and how to use it without being creepy.
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We here at DeskTime are constantly trying to come up with new ways to improve our service. Recently, as many of you may have already noticed, DeskTime presented a neat new feature for its users – the Absence Calendar, which will make day-to-day and long-term planning at your company easier.
What is the Absence Calendar?
It’s a tool that lets you easily follow and log days when employees have been absent. And it lets you plan ahead since you can start scheduling vacation days in a timely manner. The calendar offers various possible reasons for an employee’s absence – it can be either a conference, parental leave, business trip, vacation, unpaid leave, a sick day or a rest day.
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