How to deal with the ‘’big brother’’ feeling in the office?

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That moment when you realize that the working day is almost over and you still haven’t done anything… It’s frustrating, we agree. And this is when that scary ‘’big brother’’ feeling may come up.

You know, the one which makes you think that your boss will come at your desk in a minute, and ask why did you spend 45 minutes on non-productive apps today. Facebook and Youtube, specifically.

If your company is using DeskTime, then you should know that it highlights only extreme cases. So, only if you are spending hours on non-productive apps regularly, or come to work late every day, it will be noticed. Still feeling uncomfortable with the time-tracking software on your desktop? We summarized a few tips that will hopefully help you to deal with that anxious feeling.

Track your own time

Unless you are really trying to do as less as possible and hope it will stay unnoticed, try to perceive the time tracking softwares, such as DeskTime and others, as tools that help you to improve your productivity. Rather than something your boss will use to spy on you. Because the main idea of DeskTime is to help you to understand where your time is going. So take the advantage of it!

Use the software for self-discipline

The truth is: some degree of surveillance in the office is necessary for productivity, as an experiment by two Dutch designers shows. It turns out that too much freedom and flexibility at the workplace can finally end up as a ‘’financial collapse’’. The experiment showed that given complete freedom, employees simply started to spend too much time on entertaining themselves, rather than working.

Put simply, as much as we don’t like to be monitored, it can actually help us boost the productivity. Self-monitoring with the help of DeskTime, on the other hand, sounds better.


Create your own zone of privacy

The paradox, however, lies in the fact that while broad visibility can indeed foster productivity, leaving the employees without any privacy can do a significant ‘’detriment to performance’’.

Ethan S. Bernstein in his study argues that when given the right degree of privacy, employees are more willing to cooperate, e.g., by sharing tips during the breaks or helping each other out. As a result, it may increase the employees’ productivity for 10 to 15 percent.

Thus, find your zone of privacy – step away from your computer, use paper and pen to write down and organize ideas, find a quiet place where you are not monitored, and do your job.

private_modeAnd if you have DeskTime, use the “private time” setting for this purpose. At any point, you can turn on Private Time, and all of your time spent won’t be tracked. The best part? You can set your “Private Time” reminder to remind you to turn it back off – because when you do return to work, we want to make sure you get full credit for it!

So log out and take your time. Or a break.

Don’t feel bad about taking breaks

Our research showed that regular breaking is the habit of the most productive employees. The main idea is that taking a rest for 17 minutes, every 52 minutes, will help you become more productive. In other words, breaks are encouraged. So don’t feel bad about taking a rest, as both you and the company will benefit of that. At the end of the day, how much you’ve done will count, instead of how much time you spent on doing it. Most probably, your boss will agree with that.

With or without time-tracking softwares, you will probably be monitored at the workplace. That’s what managers do. The difference is that you can actually use apps like DeskTime for your own good. So why not to?

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