How (and why) you should track your employees' time with DeskTime
Adding employees to your DeskTime account is easy:
Go to Settings → Employees, and click "ADD NEW EMPLOYEES". Then fill out the form and click "SAVE".
The person you added will receive an email to join. Once the invitation is accepted, you'll see him or her under your employees. That's it - you're done!
Once you've added more employees, you can group them by positions or other parameters. That makes it easy to adjust settings for the entire group at once.
Group your employees:
Click on "+ ADD TEAM", name it, and click "SAVE". Any time you add new employees, you can choose the group in your drop-down menu.
Four reasons why you should track your team's hours
1. To save company's time and money
DeskTime helps you notice unproductive habits and take action to prevent your team from wasting their time (and your money!) Show your team how they can use DeskTime to improve their productivity and plan their time more effectively.
Or simply send them this link.
2. To keep control over remote workers
Working with remote workers has always been a challenge. Out of sight, out of your hands? Not anymore.
DeskTime allows you to keep remote workers and freelancers on task. See what apps and programs they're using in real-time and how much time they spend on each task.
Additionally, you can activate the DeskTime screenshots feature for even bigger transparency. If you pay your remote workers by the hour, you really want to make sure they spend each minute on your task.
Give bigger freedom to your office workers, too. Let them get away from the routine and work outside the office, and follow their activities in real-time with DeskTime.
3. To make better, data-based decisions
For firing or promoting employees, decision making is never easy. What if you fire a good employee and promote the wrong one?
DeskTime gives you data, so you can make better decisions. For example, compare your employees side by side to discover your best performing team members and those who don't perform as well as the rest. Then promote or let someone go by motivating your decision with specific data at hand.
4. To plan employee resources
Employees go on vacations, business trips, they get sick and there are many other reasons they might be absent. How do you keep track of your employees, especially if you're running a large team?
The DeskTime Absence calendar is a handy tool for managers and accountants to mark days employees have been or are planning to be out of the office.
The Absence Calendar makes it easy for accountants to calculate payrolls at the end of the month. Meanwhile, managers and supervisors can see employee resources at glance and then plan work accordingly.
The benefits of using DeskTime and how to explain it to your employees
1. It saves time
DeskTime was created was to help people understand where their time goes. Thus, present DeskTime as a feedback tool that gathers information about your team's time spending habits and points out time leaks.
If you want your team to use DeskTime for self-analysis and self-discipline, become an example. Use DeskTime yourself and show your employees how knowing your habits has helped you make better decisions about your time.
2. It helps to notice hard work
It can be very discouraging when you work harder than anyone else, but it stays unnoticed. Let your employees know DeskTime data will be taken into consideration for discussing promotions or raises. It will ease life for employees, who won't have to convince anyone about their hard work - there will be concrete data that proves it.
3. It helps managers realize how much time things take
Managers don't always realize how time-consuming certain tasks are. Therefore, show your employees the project tracking feature and explain how this feature will help you understand how much time they need for specific tasks. That way, there won't be impossible deadlines and unrealistic expectations.
4. It saves employees from overworking
As a manager, it's in your own interests to encourage your employees to take breaks during the day and leave the office at reasonable times. Well rested employees are more productive than those who are overworked. So, show the team the DeskTime's Private time feature and encourage them to take breaks, which won't be tracked.