Time Tracker as Your Personal Productivity Assistant

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You cannot mandate productivity; you must provide the tools to let people become their best. – Steve Jobs

I would add to Mr. Jobs’ remark that you can’t mandate productivity if you can’t calculate it. Persuading employees to “become their best” at work relies on finding and meeting their needs. The “tools” for observing this include various time tracking systems.

Time tracking spent on jobs and activities during all work day long has many apps, most importantly as a cost-saving tool for company. If an employee is able to measure efficiency within a given period, he’ll not only know how his time is spent, but also whether it is the best cost for business. Both managers and and employees gain from this since workers can establish if they function productively, and companies can define their deadlines, benefits, and costs on an hourly, daily, and even annual basis. Raise of productivity leads to maximized benefits, which may then be distributed via promotions, raises, and even to create new jobs.

Time tracker is useful in all industries. Even the public sector where measurements of productivity and outputs are more discrete acknowledges the important benefits of time tracking. Nonprofits and international organizations increasingly keep an eye on private sector methods as a way to refine productivity and capacity. Their donators are starting to behave like commercial investors: they want to protect their “investment,” define what a service does really cost, and set deadlines for outcome.

Tracking time per-products and per-activities is derived from the principle stated earlier that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. In case of your staff, it offers an impartial, accurate picture of a company’s costs and profitability by gauging the output of individual employees. This lets leaders to make intelligent decisions about what helps and hurts business. By determining an employee’s efficiency, managers know the extent of employees’ contribution to a company’s product costs and time management skills, which often open an organization’s star performers.

When statistics show disagreeable results, managers can pinpoint causes and decisions. Using time tracking apps and services in such a way answers the time-based questions which managers ask: how labor or cost-intensive are the company’s performance and products? Are they made efficiently and as scheduled?  Can they be simplified or broken down? Do some works or products deserve more time than now allotted? Why wasn’t the company’s or an employee’s time used effectively?

Despite our different interests and professions, there are two things everyone in any office would like to have more: money and time. Even those who love their work with the ultimate fervor confess that one cannot live on enthusiasm only (nor pay the bills). And who would refuse more time to spend with family or friends? The most competitive applicants are, consequently, the most efficient.

People should be more aware of how they spend their day because it empowers them. Implementing a time tracker can be an eye-opening act, since the excellence of one’s work is often affected by the time devoted to it. Once you realize how time is spent you can best decide how to control yourself and prioritize tasks. Managers ultimately judge work this way, and it’s difficult to debate subordinates presenting tangible evidence of their  efficiency.
Not only should we identify whether we are more of an asset to our business than a cost, but we should also know how much of an asset we are. An accurate rating of output translates into proof of value, which one would hope translates into an adequate recompense. And when it comes to pay and job security, it’s no longer a matter of whether we can afford to track time on a per-product or per-activity basis, but whether we can afford not to.

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