DeskTime’s Top 10 blog posts of 2017

Ieva Sipola 26.12.2017

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.

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1. Should I stay or should I go? – Tips on working overtime

As the job market grows increasingly competitive, some of us resort to working overtime to show extra dedication or up our game for promotional opportunities. Find out the pros and cons of overtime work, tips on not going overboard, as well as some healthy and productive alternatives for late-night office work.

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2. 26 office improvements from A to Z to boost your team’s productivity

Did you know that a well-designed office can significantly increase your team’s overall productivity? These 26 office improvement tips, from air quality and furniture to room colors and uplifting office decors, are sure to boost your team’s productivity and increase employee job satisfaction.

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3. 6 problematic employee situations and easy solutions [Infographic]

All managers have sometimes faced the challenge of dealing with unmotivated employees not doing their jobs. Common problems range from being late and leaving early, taking leisurely lunch breaks to not coming to work and, ultimately, cheating the system. This infographic lists these problems and shows how time tracking software could help.

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4. The great list of 20+ productivity tools to try in 2017

If you’re looking for the best productivity tools in one place, this is it. Find out 20 of the best productivity apps that will help you optimize your time and get more things done while staying balanced, happy, and productive. Choose your favorite apps for self-discipline, focus, saving time, and personal growth.

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

Screenshots were our all-time most requested feature that was finally launched at the beginning of 2017. This article explains the diverse ways how screenshots can be used for managing your company’s resources and remote workers. Find out what are DeskTime Screenshots, how can you use them (without being creepy) and where to start exactly.

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6. What does your office desk say about you? [Infographic]

Your desk is a very personal space that reveals a lot about you as a worker and as a person. Check out this cool infographic and find out what your office desk says about you  – are you the Minimalist, the Clutterer, the Sickie, the Techie, or the Personaliser?

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7. 7 deadly sins & heavenly virtues of employee management [Infographic]

Being a successful manager and a likable boss at the same time can be a very challenging task. This infographic presents the 7 deadly sins and 7 heavenly virtues of employee management. Take these close to your heart – no matter if you are just starting as a manager or want to change your management style for the better.

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8. 10 step process for dealing with problematic employees – from warning to firing

How to fire a problematic employee

It’s not only your business that suffers from an underperforming worker – also your other employees get irritated and unmotivated. Read this post for step by step actions you must take when dealing with your problematic team members – from finding out why they’re being difficult to finally letting them go.

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9. A Japanese way of happy life and work – how to achieve your Ikigai?

Ikigai in Japanese means the reason you get up in the morning or the “reason for being”. It may be something different for each person – family and kids, career, community work or an important hobby. This article presents the formula for finding your Ikigai and tips for living by it.

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10. 9 creative ways to make yourself take breaks at work

Some employees are too easily distracted from work, while others forget to take a break for several hours. Breaking is essential for your health, happiness, and productivity, so use these 9 creative tips for reminding yourself to take a break. From exercising to using alternative seating and breaking apps – you’re sure to find your favorite distraction in this fun list.

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What was your favorite post this year? And what topics would you like us to cover in 2018? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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