If you have a trusting remote team you’ve been working with for a while, it’s impossible you’ve never wondered if they’re really working or not. And that’s completely normal, it doesn’t mean you don’t trust them. We’re all people, we get distracted, and our productivity is low from time to time.
Many people argue that the use of time tracking software proves you don’t have trust in your employees, but that’s simply a myth. So, in today’s article we’ll give you a list of reasons why you should be tracking the time your remote teams spend working.
Knowing that someone’s watching what you’re doing will make you finish that assignment quicker and better. Our subconscious wants to make us look good in front of the observer, sometimes because it fears the consequences, and sometimes just because we could get praised.
Time tracking software has proven to increase employees’ productivity. When you first install it you should expect to see high productivity levels, which will deteriorate over time. But this isn’t alarming, because they will just be going down to their usual level. Once you figure out who has productivity issues, you can work with them to help them improve.
What is more, your employees can see how much time they spent on which activity, and they can realize if they’ve spent too much time scrolling their feed. When they have access to this information, they can work to improve on their own, without your intervention.
Since the main feature of any tracker is to track time spent on projects and tasks, it serves as a great workload organization and delegation tool. The software allows you to create projects, add tasks to them, and assign them to your employees. Therefore, once you open the admin dashboard you can see a list of all assignments and who’s working on them.
When you get a new project, you can quickly check the dashboard and see which one of your employees can take it on without being overburdened. Additionally, if someone is absent from work, you can easily rearrange their tasks and assign them to other people on the team, without worrying you might have missed something.
If you’re paying your remote employees by the hour, or if they do have overtime work this feature will be a life-saver! You’ll know exactly how much time everyone spent working, and what’s the amount they’re due to receive for this time.
In most cases, you can enter the pay rate and the overtime rate in your employees profile, and the software will automatically calculate what you owe them for that week, or month. This is very useful because companies usually go through lengthy checks to ensure everyone’s overtime is calculated, and paid for.
These are the three main reasons we believe every remote company should be using a time tracking software. It’s an inexpensive way to take full control of your employees’ workload, while not affecting their privacy.
And you shouldn’t fear employee backlash, unless you’re installing the software for the wrong reasons. If you really want to use it for improvement, explain that to everyone on your team, and you shouldn’t have any issues during the process.
Keep in mind that the laws about the use of such software differ from country to country, and you might not be able to use it the same way with all employees. This is why we strongly advise you to get a legal team in employees’ country, and consult them about privacy, monitoring and labour laws regularly.https://icrowdnewswire.com/2019/12/12/heres-why-every-remote-company-should-use-a-time-tracking-software/
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