A Japanese way of happy life and work – how to achieve your Ikigai?

It won’t come as a surprise that more and more people these days struggle to find the motivation to wake up in the morning. A large amount drive themselves to work, then sit in the car procrastinating and not wanting to get out and walk into the office.

Usually, there’s nothing particularly wrong with the job they’re doing. They’re just not happy.

Now, imagine yourself waking up every single morning with a sense of excitement and happiness, ready for whatever the day has prepared for you. That’s what Japanese people call ”Ikigai” or the “reason for being” – and they’ve found the secret formula for it.

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Motivating your employees – what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it

A study on employee engagement has found that 70% of employees are disengaged at work. For a manager whose success depends on the productivity of their employees, these statistics don’t exactly inspire confidence.

The chances are that your employees are counting down the minutes until they can shut down their computers and call it a day. That’s quite the opposite of the vision you have for dedicated, passionate employees who will stop at no ends to guarantee the success of your company.

Look:

Research from the University of California found that demotivated employees are 31% less productive, are 3x less creative and 87% more likely to quit than motivated employees.

And it gets worse:

It was calculated that every unmotivated employee costs the business an estimated $2246 a year. Now, imagine your company employs over hundred people, out of which 70% dislike their job… That’s a LOT of money they’re losing.

The question is: if 70% of all employees say they are disengaged and unmotivated at work, then what the heck are managers doing that terribly wrong?

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The most complete guide to DeskTime reports – the how-tos, whys and whens

DeskTime generates a lot of data about your employee’s time spending habits. And we mean, a LOT.

DeskTime stores your team’s productivity data, so you can review anytime. Moreover, DeskTime allows you to download the data in easy-to-review reports, and share them with colleagues, managers, or clients.

Using the DeskTime filtering option for reports, you can get detailed information about your company’s productivity and the efficiency of certain employee groups or even specific people in the team. Information like this lets you make smarter decisions when it comes to hiring new team members, giving a raise, or letting someone go.

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Should I stay or should I go? – Tips on working overtime

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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How to fire a problematic employee

10 step process for dealing with problematic employees – from warning to firing

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?

But then…

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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From 0 to 100,000 users: DeskTime’s 6 years in review

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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6 problematic employee situations and easy solutions [infographic]

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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What does your office desk say about you? [Infographic]

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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How to use the DeskTime ”Projects” feature to manage your projects and calculate their costs

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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