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About DeskTime

DeskTime is a real-time automatic time tracking software that tracks and analyzes your productivity by sorting the different applications that you or our employees use into the categories “productive”, “unproductive” or “neutral”. It runs quietly and unobtrusively in the background, requiring no user input.

Mobile games to play at work and stay productive

Playing games at work is a time-honored tradition. Be it two minutes playing Candy Crush or leading your army in a war against witches – we’ve all been there.

The mobile games market has grown rapidly and is estimated to hit the $4.5 billion mark in 2018 and grow even more in the upcoming years.

However, getting caught by the boss is not the greatest feeling. At the same time, integrating games in your work can also be beneficial for you during breaks – playing games can give you time for some passive thinking, that’s needed to solve work-related problems.

And keep you energized and motivated.

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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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Introducing the Absence Calendar

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 any team member easily log days when they have been absent, as well as see when others are not at work. That lets the entire team plan ahead since everyone can schedule 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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Long Working Hours: Not a Road to Productivity

It’s safe to say that the question of longer working hours as leading to greater productivity is far from being solved. The first step in clarifying this issue is understanding that productivity is not just about the actual time devoted to work – it also involves and is affected by nutrition, exercise and, perhaps most importantly, sleeping habits.

What Does the Research Show?

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6 Productivity Hacks Backed by Science

Productivity is the key ingredient to making the most of your time when studying or working. If you’re tired of long hours in front of your computer or you feel you might not be maximizing your potential, this infographic can point you in the right direction and help you improve your productivity by applying a few small changes in your daily life. Ready to learn the secret of getting and staying productive at work or school? Prepare for some science-based pointers that actually work.

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5 easy ways to get more from your employees

When establishing your own business, one of the biggest challenges is cultivating an effective managerial style. Here are some techniques that you can implement to develop your managerial presence, while motivating your employees and improving productivity at the same time.


1. Create self-esteem incentives

If your employees feel appreciated and respected, they’ll be more motivated and are more likely to work efficiently. Build incentives that will impact your employees the most. That might be empowering and employees by putting them in charge of an important project or presentation, or giving them the opportunity to train in another department. As a result, your employees will feel that their skills, and themselves personally, are valued by the company and thus your workforce will be happier and more productive.

2. Streamline expectations

When assigning a project, it’s important that there is a clear primary goal. If you add other minor goals to a project, that can often detract from your original purpose and reduce employee efficiency. By channeling the majority of employee effort on accomplishing your main goal, they’ll remain focused and will better understand the task at hand. As a result, your employees will deliver a better end product and will also have more time and energy to devote to the next important project.

3. Define employee roles

Within a working environment, structure is key to success. Provide clear communication to your employees regarding what you expect them to do, and what they can expect other people to do. Therefore, your employees will work on their individual roles more competently, and will know who to turn to when they need information or help in a specific area. If all employees know their specific roles and aims, as well as those of others, then your company will have the effective structure necessary to make smooth progress. Moreover, it gives employees an opportunity to exercise responsibility and take pride in their specific roles.

4. Use an internal communication system

Regardless of the scale of your business, it’s fundamental that you provide your team with adequate online communication tools such as instant messaging and project management resources. This will enable them to remain connected and informed immediately of any project updates or changes, no matter where they are located within the framework of your business. Internal Communication Systems are particularly popular within public services where communication is vital, such as the UK NHS where Premier Patient Line provide internal communications systems.

5. Provide constructive and meaningful feedback on a regular basis

Feedback is fundamental to an effective management relationship with your employees. Aim to offer regular and helpful feedback to employees in a way that encourages them to work harder, rather than criticisms which are likely to reduce their motivation. Your feedback doesn’t always have to be positive, but is does always need to be constructive – working towards a goal. Always seek to encourage employees; if they have not achieved a goal, show them methods in which they could improve or assign them help, rather than simply berating them. This way, employees are more likely to come to you if they need help. Moreover, they are more likely to work productively if they feel their work is appreciated and held in high regard.

AuthorThis article was written by George Campbell a freelance writer from Birmingham, England. George has been a teacher for four years and he loves writing about education but he is versatile and he also write across a variety of other topics. You can connect with George on Twitter and Google+.

How Office Security Can Boost Productivity

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At first glance, it might seem like workplace security measures would hinder productivity. After all, security measures block access to certain websites,require the generation of complicated passwords and often necessitate training sessions for employees.

But upon further examination, business owners are likely to find that security measures can actually increase productivity and improve overall employee performance. Rather than being viewed as a necessary evil, security measures – just like breaks – should be used to help workplaces operate more efficiently than ever before.

Here are a few examples of how office security and productivity go hand in hand. Although implementing these measures may require a little work upfront, they are likely to pay off over the long haul in terms of safety and efficiency.

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Office Organization: Make Your Workspace Work for You

The importance of organization and the impact of order, or the lack thereof, on your workday productivity is not a new concept. Similar to an accident halting the flow of traffic and slowing down everything in its wake, when things are not in order in your workspace, you can lose hours of your life just trying to find what you need! The problem is compounded when the disorder piles up to the point that you are at a complete workday stand-still.

Fortunately, there are some options. By keeping things in order, you can get the flow of your productivity back on track and increase your efficiency immensely. Here are a few organizational tips to get you moving.

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