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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Almost every office around the world has certain types of “inhabitants”. In fact, you’ll probably find some of these characters in your workplace too.
There’s the Organizer who always seems to be coordinating lunch, smoking break or the next office party. There’s the Chatter and the Smoker, and the Coffee Junkie who seems to walk a mile weekly between his desk and the coffee machine.
Silently in the corner sits the Hard Worker – probably an introvert technical genius or a diligent administrative worker. One has to wonder – does he ever get up to eat, drink or even go to the loo?
If you also happen to find yourself at 6PM and stuck to your chair with sore eyes and a cramp in your back, it’s time to change your work habits. Scientists agree that short breaks from work actually improve your productivity, restore your energy levels and have a long-term positive impact on your well-being.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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