If your company employs shift workers, you might be on the lookout for software for shift scheduling. And you’ll be pleased to hear that DeskTime’s new feature is just that – shift scheduling.
Nowadays, roughly 15% of the US workforce are shift workers. These people work on a schedule outside the traditional 9 to 5 – early mornings, evenings or nights. The new DeskTime feature is created to help managers plan and schedule shifts more effectively, as well as track the productivity of their shift workers.
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2018 passed fast, but what a year it has been! We know just as well as you that productive time means time well spent, right?
Some time has passed since our previous look-back post in mid-2017. Since then the number of DeskTime users has grown from 100k to 144k users.
But can we – the DeskTime team – serve as a productivity example? Well…we don’t mean to brag, but our own productivity stats for the year are pretty amazing – an average 87% of productive time!
For that, we have you to thank – DeskTime users and fans! To show you exactly what we accomplished this year – and what’s in store for 2019 – let us take you behind the scenes of DeskTime.
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Fully automatic, hassle-free time tracking is great.
But you know what’s even better?
The ability to connect your time tracking with other tools you use on a daily basis to effectively plan your workday, manage your team and projects.
For project managers, it’s important to see who is working on what, what time each employee has dedicated to specific tasks, how much time the team spends in meetings, etc.
DeskTime integrations are made to let managers see the whole picture – in one place, without manually copying and pasting the information from one software to another.
As a DeskTime user, here’s what’s available to you:
- Project management integrations (Asana, Basecamp, Jira, Zapier, Trello, GitLab)
- Calendar integrations (Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar)
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So you’ve told your employees you’ll be tracking their working hours, and they didn’t cause a riot. Good.
You even sent out a memo, telling your staff of all the wonderful benefits time tracking will have like it will identify unproductive habits and analyze productivity. Everyone nodded agreeing. Even better!
Don’t be fooled though. As useful as time tracking is, it does not share the same boat of easy-acceptance with such changes in the office environment as casual Fridays and Christmas bonuses.
Nobody likes being inspected over their shoulder – or in this case through the screens of their computers. Only Sting can watch every breath one takes and get away with it.
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What a productive year 2017 has been! We hope that you too managed to accomplish a lot and reach your most important goals – both professional and personal.
This year we covered many useful and fun topics related to productivity, employee management, and office environment. Here’s a recap of our most-read blog posts, published within the last 365 days.
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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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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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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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 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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