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Pro tips for DT users

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

Employee motivation at the workplace seems to be a problem nowadays.

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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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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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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modern office design

26 office improvements from A to Z to boost your team’s productivity

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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Time tracking with screenshots

The complete guide to using the DeskTime screenshots feature at your company

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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How to Manage your Deadlines during the Holidays

We’re fast approaching the long-awaited pinnacle of the holiday season. In an ideal world, in less than a week, we’d be lounging on a sofa with our loved ones, casually discussing which course from the holiday feast was the best.

And yet, the holidays can come with an inconvenient side dish, that is, working from home and putting the finishing touches on projects that have been lingering on a to-do list or two for way too long. It seems that there’s never enough time, and the end of the year is often a deadline in its own right, so sipping on a hot beverage with eyes fixed on a laptop is a reality for many.

According to a recent survey, 44% of Brits will be working during the holidays, and a US-based study a couple of years back shows that more than half of the employees interviewed, 57%, made similar plans. The 2014 study revealed that this behavior isn’t limited to the holidays, 43% of respondents claiming to work an extra hour after leaving the office.

As popular this tendency may be, it’s not very comforting to those looking forward to spreading holiday cheer. But there’s still a bit of time to figure out how to make the work-holiday balance work for you this year. Read on to find out what you can do to complete as many urgent tasks as you can and still manage to enjoy the holiday atmosphere with your family and friends.

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Must-Read Books that Boost Productivity

The year is coming to a close, the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year will soon be upon us. You may be settling in with a bit more down time to read something new, planning your New Year’s resolution to get more organized, or looking for gift ideas. And we’ve got a list of books for all three scenarios.

This is our ultimate collection of books on productivity. It’s divided into sections so you can skip right on ahead to what interests you most, whether that’s productivity, creativity, leadership, or lifestyle.

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Innovate or Die: 10 Keys to Business Success

Success starts in your head! It may sound like a cliché but if you believe in yourself and you come up with an actionable plan, you’ll simply have to wait and remain committed. Sooner or later, you’ll accomplish the thing that you’ve set your mind on.

This being said successful people follow a couple of essential practices that make them different from everybody else. If you want to start your journey towards being a more successful person, you’ll need to keep the following 10 essentials in mind.

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