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Automated time trackers: 5 key benefits

12 December, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Automatic time trackers promise to completely outsource one of your most hated bits of essential admin. But what does that mean in practice? Are they that much different from well-established timer apps used by most professional services? And do their benefits justify the hassle of switching tools?

No one likes hurting other people’s feelings, but without honest feedback it’s impossible to grow. Sincere feedback is a gift, even if it doesn’t always seem like a desirable one. This is the basis of the “Radical Candor” method, but is it really the best way to approach feedback?

Task management software: 9 best-in-class tools

10 December, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

However you like to organize and manage tasks across your team, there’s an app waiting for you. While many task management tools appear share similar characteristics, they can take quite different approaches. We look at the best task management software out there to help you find your perfect match.

Working smarter starts with correcting our unconscious unproductive behaviors. These are the habits and processes that stud our daily workflows, without returning any real value. If you’re looking to become more effective and productive, tackle the eight main ways you waste time at work first.

How to stay on top of software sprawl

03 December, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Tools are the basic bones of business. But too many companies sitting on a mass of unruly, uncoordinated software that doesn’t actually offer any real value. Apart from being expensive and time consuming, it breeds new inefficiencies. But how do you manage this software sprawl, let alone contain it?

Disengaged employees: 5 signs to watch out for

28 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While more companies are investing in employee happiness, action is less clear cut when dealing with its adversary: disengagement. But identifying and managing it early is essential for minimizing its worst effects. Here are the biggest signs of employee disengagement managers need to be aware of.

How to build an appreciation culture at work

26 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to be recognized and appreciated in life – and things are no different in the workplace. When employees feel appreciated, they perform better, are more positive about their work and have better retention rates. But how exactly do you build appreciation and recognition into your culture?

7 ways managers can support employee mental health

25 November, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

It is the corporate responsibility of every business to ensure barriers around mental health are removed. But spreading awareness isn’t enough; to truly support your employees, you need to take action. This list synthesizes seven of the best ways managers can better support employee mental health.

How to action employee feedback

21 November, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

More companies are creating systems for regular, candid feedback. But they often miss the crucial final step – actioning it. Action is the ultimate objective of feedback, and failing to respond to it can harm trust, engagement and culture. So how do you actually go about actioning employee feedback?

While there is no single hack that can turn team productivity around, asynchronous communication is as close as it gets. At its simplest, it’s about letting people work thoughtfully on their own terms. Here’s how async. communication works and why it’s the secret ingredient to team productivity.

How to manage remote employee performance

18 November, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Remote working may be the future, but how do you manage a person you hardly meet? How do you check their progress, balance their workload, give them the right support and steer them to your priorities? This article lays out exactly how remote performance management works – with 0 micromanagement.

How do you measure employee engagement?

13 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee engagement is notoriously hard to measure, mainly because it is an emotion with no universal definition. There is in fact no single way to calculate it, but managers can use a combination of approaches to gauge it. Here are 5 simple and effective ways to measure employee engagement.

What high-performing teams look like

11 November, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

High-performing teams are supremly productive, engaged and supportive. While their anatomy may differ across industry and product categories, there are a few general principles that all high-performing teams share. Here’s what high-performing teams look like and how managers can enable them.

How to successfully ask your boss to work remotely

07 November, 2019 • 9 minutes to read

The future of work is distributed, but many employers are still slow on the uptake. Whatever the resistance, companies can no longer ignore the remote work question. If you’re wondering how to raise it, this article’s for you – it outlines exactly how to successfully ask your boss to work remotely.

After four years in the making, the US Department of Labor has settled on a final ruling to extend overtime law. Coming into effect on January 1, 2020, it will make an extra 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. Here’s exactly what the new ruling means and how to prepare for it.

Happy teams are productive teams – but happiness isn’t a given. Managers need to keep a range of different needs and aspirations in balance to keep their teams motivated, content and psychologically safe. Making sure you keep on top of these ten influencing factors is a great place to start.

Why email bans don’t work

29 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Email sits on the boundary between our professional and personal lives – often working its way into our downtime. To try and control it, many companies have introduced out-of-hours email bans, but new research suggests this may actually be harmful. So what can companies do to contain work email?

Capacity planning – what it is, how to do it well

24 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While capacity planning is one of the least creative parts of project management, it’s essential you get it right. Without it, you can’t realistically hope to deliver projects on time without compromising others or exhausting your team. Here’s how to nail capacity planning in just 5 simple steps.

What is reverse mentoring – and does it work?

23 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

For decades, businesses have paired new employees with established ones. It’s a great way to help new people learn the ropes, build human connection and engage with their work. Traditionally, that dynamic has flowed in one direction, but “reverse mentoring” is now turning the practice on its head.

Resource planning is essential to project success – making sure tasks are completed on-time without derailing other projects. While there are a lot of variables to balance, a good resource planner tool can simplify the entire process and cut scheduling down to seconds. Here’s our pick of the best.

The building blocks of successful projects

21 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Project success happens by design – through a masterful understanding of resources, timings, budgets and expectations. But how exactly do you go about it? Delivering successful projects starts with understanding the key building blocks behind them. Here’s how to get it right every time.

How to create an intelligent project schedule

17 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creating a project schedule is one of the first and most important tasks in project planning. Project schedules go well beyond timings to consider risks, communication and resources. But to be truly useful, they need to be grounded in data. Here’s how to create an intelligent project schedule.

8 OKR tools to keep everyone on-track

15 October, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Nobody likes a work acronym, but “OKR” is one you should come to terms with. When used properly, Objectives and Key Results can superpower company growth, health and happiness. But how do you go about setting them? And how can you simplify the whole process of tracking them? Check out these tools!

How to prepare employees for change

14 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Change at work is inevitable, on-going and healthy – no successul business is ever static. But that doesn’t make it an easy process. We’ve already explored why people resist change at work, but acceptance is another matter. Here’s how to smoothen the transitionand help prepare employees for change.

How to identify and manage project risk

10 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

While project risks can’t be 100% controlled, adopting a culture of risk management is vital to delivering projects successfully. It helps you solve issues flexibly, improve estimates, and make informed decisions when taking on new projects. Here’s exactly how to go about project risk management.

Resource planning – what it is, how to do it well

09 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Project planning isn’t just about listing tasks; you need the foresight to know what resources you need when, and the flexibility to overcome changes to timings and availability. Here’s why resource planning is essential to every successful project – and how to go about curating your own project dream team.

Team management: a checklist for new managers

07 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Many people fall into team management, rather than actively choosing it. But getting it right from the start is crucial for your success. We’ve put together a simple checklist of actions, to help you cultivate key management skills, connect with your team and balance all your responsibilities.

How much “shallow work” do you perform?

02 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Ever have days at work where you’re totally rushed off your feet, but have nothing to really show for it? If so, you might’ve fallen into the shallow work trap. But what is shallow work and why is it so bad for us? More importantly, how can we identify and address our own shallow work problem?

6 essential design collaboration tools

01 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While modern design teams are more distributed than ever, there is a ton of software available to help streamline communications, share knowledge and visualize progress. From centralizing all design feedback to delivering assets to developers, here are six essential design collaboration tools.

Project scheduling best practices

26 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We may be biased, but timing is everything when it comes to delivering successful projects. Project focus, client confidence and profitability all suffer when deadlines aren’t respected. To help you stay on course and deliver against what you promise, here’s how to create a robust project schedule.

7 simple team planners for effective collaboration

25 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Good team planners visualize what people are working on, simplify collaboration and help you plan resources thoughtfully across projects. You just need to know what to look for. Showcasing the diversity of design and functionality available, these best-in-class planners are great place to start.

5 project planning oversights to watch out for

24 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While no two projects are the same, many are often derailed by similar problems. From underestimating resources and task durations, to failing to set strict project boundaries, here are five of the most common project planning oversights to watch out for – and what you can do to manage them.

20 ways time tracking helps increase productivity

23 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

From its inception, time tracking has been used to increase productivity. With solutions that can now automatically track all our digital activity, we can uncover rich insights on how we work which let us introduce effective change. Here are just XX ways time tracking helps increase productivity.

Do tight deadlines work?

19 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The productive benefits of deadlines are long established, but increasing pressure doesn’t always produce better results. While tight deadlines can motivate and inspire teams, they can also be wildly self-destructive. Here’s how to set intelligent deadlines that always get the best from your team.

5 task management tools for smarter collaboration

17 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Companies are increasingly using tech to make collaboration smarter, from streamlining communication and resource coordination, to helping employees get more done in less time. We analyze the biggest challenges modern teams face, and the best task management tools to keep everyone pulling together.

12 essential startup tools: from CRM to payroll

12 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Bringing a concept to market requires a specialist set of tools. But with limited budgets and pressure to produce results fast, startups can’t afford to muck around with the wrong ones. Separating wheat from chaff, here are the essential startup tools you need to scale effortlessly – and cheaply!

Should we fear automation?

11 September, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, the rise of automation signals mass redundancy, social inequality and an end to purposeful work. But this is only one potential future – and a simplistic one at that. Here’s what an automated future might mean for employees and businesses, from short-term adjustments to life beyond work.

Managing remote teams: 5 essential tools

10 September, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

How do you manage the performance of someone you rarely meet in person? From employee engagement and work visibility, to trans-time zone communication, managing remote employees effectively hinges on a very specific toolkit. Here are the essential tools you need for managing remote teams.

13 indispensable tools for agency growth

04 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Many leaders correlate agency growth with building their client base and making more money. But behind each fast-paced business is a stellar team who grow alongside it. From streamlining recruitment to keeping everyone on the same page, here are 13 of the best tools for agency growth.

Timesheet templates: the good, the bad, the pointless

03 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Timesheets can be shockingly time consuming, so using a preformatted template makes huge sense. But not all timesheet templates are created equal. Here’s a walk-through of the main timesheet templates you can expect to encounter; including a verdict on their relative quality, utility and efficiency.

How to lead a more adaptive business

02 September, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In our ever-changing digital landscape, being able to adapt and evolve quickly is crucial. But competitive advantage requires more than just being agile. Companies need to continually rethink and reconfigure themselves to maximize new opportunities. Here’s how to lead a more adaptive business.

How can we improve the remote work experience?

29 August, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Increased productivity, satisfaction, savings – remote work seems like an unending list of positives. But for the remote model to work long-term, it needs to be understood in its entirety. Here are some of the most frequently overlooked challenges of working remotely and their practical solutions.

There’s no shortage of architect tools for every stage of project delivery, but the sheer amount of choice can be paralyzing. Yet certain tools have withstood changing trends. Cropping up in almost every architect’s toolkit, here are the 10 essential architecture apps you should know about.

The best time tracking apps are automatic

22 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The majority of time tracking apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies who value accuracy and efficiency are increasingly recognizing that the best time tracking apps are automatic. Here’s how automatic time tracking apps work and why they’re a cut above the rest.

Digital process automation: what it is, how to do it

21 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Digital transformation in a word is “software”. But tooling up can introduce a ton of low-value tasks into your workflows. It’s exactly why more companies are embracing digital process automation to stay agile. Here’s what you know to know about digital process automation and how to go about it.

6 strategies for dealing with work anxiety

20 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

No matter how much we like our jobs, almost all of us will experience anxiety at work. But while stress at work is unavoidable, it should never be crippling. Luckily, it can be effectively managed – try these strategies to minimize work stress and deal with workplace anxiety whenever it strikes.

When you work with limited resources, you need to choose your tools very carefully. The last thing you want is to pay for features you don’t need, or introduce inefficiencies into your workflow. Before you buy any small business technology, make sure it fully satisfies these nine conditions.

27 things you can do with time tracking

15 August, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Time tracking is mainly seen as a tool for billing clients. But modern tracking tools provide insights that go far beyond this, from unconscious behaviors and productivity, to employee performance and profitability. For those new to the territory, here’s what you can do with automatic time tracking.

What workplace stress looks like

14 August, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Workplace stress often goes unrecognized and can even be brushed off as ‘normal’ by employees. But work stress is inherently unhealthy and can snowball into bigger problems, if left unchecked. Here’s how to identify and address work-related stress to ensure your health and wellbeing isn’t at risk.

How to introduce time tracking to your team

08 August, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, time tracking is dangerous territory. But it it isn’t actually inherently “good” or “bad”; the approach you take will ultimately determine its value. This guide is all about how to leverage transparency, empathy and trust to introduce time tracking so that your team thrives by it.

The best team management software for growing teams

07 August, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

The flexibility of modern work poses unique new challenges for team management. Thankfully, there is an abundance of team management software to help – but which are the most useful for smaller teams? Which will scale with you as you grow? To fasttrack your research, here’s our pick of the best.

8 tools for building transparent client relationships

05 August, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Transparency is central to building strong client relationships. But beyond communicating well with clients, you need to build transparency into your operation. With the help of a few well-chosen tools, it’s easier than it sounds. Here are 8 of the best for building transparent client relationships.

The benefits of time tracking for employees

01 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Far from being a means to control, time tracking can enable – helping employees achieve greater self-management and mastery. When adopting time tracking, you need to clearly communicate that value. Check out our infographic, which lays out some of the main benefits of time tracking for employees.

When employee engagement becomes burnout

31 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee engagement is often seen as the gateway to competitive advantage. But there is a ceiling to its success. Rather than sustaining and motivating people, it can be the means to their undoing. Here’s how employee engagement becomes burnout, and what you can do to stay on the right side of it.

Will time tracking hurt your culture?

25 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, time tracking means discipline and surveillance. But in a new era of remote work and autonomy, more people are turning to time tracking to facilitate team collaboration and employee self-management. So is it time to rethink our approach, or will introducing time tracking hurt your culture?

How AI is increasing employee productivity

24 July, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Enterprise use of AI alone has grown over 270% in the past four years, with one of the biggest draws relating to its huge potential to increase employee productivity. But how exactly does AI create these productive gains? And what should businesses be mindful of in order to enjoy their full effect?

The best ways to build trust in the workplace

22 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Trust provides us with the psychological safety to do our best work, so it’s no surprise trusting, open workplaces perform better. And a lack of it can completely destroy culture – breeding resentment and disengagement. So what are the best ways to build lasting trust in the workplace?

How to build greater autonomy at work

18 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While most managers know micro-management is bad, few put strategies in place to support its solution: work autonomy. But in an era of employee experience, autonomy is now expected. Here’s why building greater autonomy at work should be a top priority for every company – and how to go about it.

How to protect your team from burnout

17 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In our perma-connected world, we are all at increased risk of burnout. Managers clearly have a central role to play in managing that risk, but since there are so many burnout causes, how do you practically go about it? Try starting with these simple strategies to protect your team from burnout.

Time tracking for lawyers

16 July, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

As a lawyer, robust time tracking is essential. But traditional manual methods introduce huge inaccuracies and stop you being fully present in your work. It’s exactly why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to capture all the time lawyers spend across cases and clients automatically.

Adopting AI doesn’t have to be overwhelming

11 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

We’re constantly told to adopt AI or perish; but when it comes to implementation, advice is rather lacking. Is it better to introduce AI in one go or choose a slower integration? As an AI-led company, we know adopting AI doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here’s the simple and flexible route to automation.

The best employee timesheet apps are automatic

09 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The majority of employee timesheet apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies prioritizing accuracy and usability are increasingly realizing that the best tools for the job are automatic. Here’s how automatic employee timesheet apps work and why they’re different.

Following a new EU ruling, all EU companies must now track employee working hours. But a quick Google reveals time tracking software is a bit of a minefield. This article provides an overview of the main types of time tracking tools on the market, and what to consider when making your decision.

Is data privacy dead in the information age?

26 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Collecting and sharing personal data is ubiquitous with the age of information. It lets companies know where we are, what we like and who we talk to – leading many to assert that data privacy is now dead. But is it premature to mourn its passing? What’s being done to better protect digital privacy?

5 ways AI can supercharge your workplace

24 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI continues to redefine the modern workplace, making work more efficient, focused and enjoyable. It’s no longer the tool of a privileged few, being more affordable and accessible than ever before. So if you’re keen to keep pace, here are five immediate ways that AI can supercharge your workplace.

Time tracking for creatives

20 June, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every creative workflow – making sure you get paid in full and understand your successes. But that doesn’t stop it being boring and intrusive. It’s precisely why we designed Timely – the first AI-powered time tracking tool that automatically tracks everything for you.

How to automate unproductive work

19 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Automating the unproductive parts of your work is the easiest way to improve your productive potential. And it doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. We explore how to go about it, what kind of tasks you should automate, and the best out-the-box AI tools for automating everyday time wasters.

Working overtime: exploitation or opportunity?

18 June, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

People usually work overtime because they have to, but it can also be an opportunity – for additional compensation or greater schedule flexibility. So what should workplaces consider when offering overtime? Can overtime be positive, or should it always be see as undesirable and potentially dangerous?

How to cultivate a digital culture

12 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Digitalization has transformed how buisnesses operate and laid new rules for competition, efficiency and productivity. But before you can consider rolling out new tech, you need to cultivate a digital culture that embraces digital strategies and collaboration. Here’s exactly how to go about it.

Top 3 biggest factors that impact work engagement

10 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Since a ton of variables affect it, engagement is often hard to quantiy and it remains rather indefinite. But a recent comprehensive survey on engagement, surveying over 19,000 employees across the globe, has shone new light on the issue. And it’s revealed the biggest factors that impact engagement.

When's the right time to adopt AI?

06 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI is hyped as the new game-changer for business; that we should immediately adopt it or face redundancy. But deciding when and where to adopt AI requires deeper thought and planning. Here’s what you need to seriously consider to work out the right time to adopt AI and the form it should take.

Is working overtime legal?

04 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Failing to talk about overtime clearly can lead to confusion and distrust. But while overtime policies can vary wildly between employers, there is still a lawful and unlawful way to do it. Here’s what everybody needs to know about the law and overtime – including when working overtime isn’t legal.

Time tracking for remote employees

29 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

As a remote employee, time tracking is essential; it helps you stay visible and accountable. But that doesn’t stop it being wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first employee-led remote time tracking tool that can automatically track and log hours for you while you work.

Is gig work good for business?

28 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

The gig economy is bigger and more accessible than ever before. But is that a good thing? What impact does gig work have on businesses? And can it work as a long-term solution? We consider the biggest benefits and risks of remote gig work to help you decide whether gig work is good for business.

How to build empathy into everyday leadership

27 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Empathy sets effective leaders apart from ineffective ones, but it’s still shockingly undervalued when compared to non-emotional attributes, like productivity. Since people are your greatest asset, it makes sense to actually understand them. Here’s how to build empathy into your everyday leadership.

Following a new ECJ ruling, all companies operating in the EU are required to track employee work hours to prove compliance with labour law. But how will it work in practice? Can a tool historically used to control workers now support their empowerment? How can time tracking protect worker rights?

How to stop project scope creep in its tracks

22 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Scope creep is the one challenge project managers battle on a daily basis. While it’s great to work with a variety of different opinions and ideas, they can completely derail projects when raised too late. So how can you stop scope creep in its tracks, and only deliver what you agreed at the start?

The 5 most effective ways to reduce overhead

16 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Every company has operational costs, but these are often much higher than we realize. But there’s tons you can do to reduce them – from automating routine parts of your workflow to hiring freelancers. Here are five of the most effective ways to reduce overhead and run a more efficient business.

Time tracking for engineers

14 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every engineer, but few have the capacity or cognitive energy to do it accurately. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects and clients for you while you work.

Meaningful rewards employees actually want

13 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee rewards can boost engagement, increase productivity and improve retention. But as we increasingly expect more substance from our employers, pay rises alone don’t cut it any more. To be effective, employee rewards need to be meaningful – here are a few of the best to help you get started.

How to build a better employee experience

08 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

From sustaining productivity to staying relevant, employee experience represents important new ground for every business. But how do you go about it? How can you attract the best talent, inspire their best work and convince them to stay? Build a better employee experience today with these pointers.

Project management has been around since the ‘50s, but being good at it requires a new approach. Companies are increasingly investing in “intangibles” like employee morale and company culture to boost bottom lines, suggesting that good project management is now about much more than the end product.

The “busyness” trap

02 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Have you ever looked back at your week and wondered what you accomplished? How much of what you did actually mattered? Whether you applied the skills you were hired to use? Too many of us are working in a state of perpetual busyness without anything to show for it – and we need to talk about it.

How to get the most from employee data

01 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Employee data presents an exciting new opportunity for companies, from increasing employee engagement to improving workflow efficiency. You just need to go about collecting and using data in a way that respects and enables people. Here’s how to get the most from employee data – the responsible way.

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion – or so reads the first line of Parkinson’s law. But did he get it right? Are companies destined to develop unproductive cycles? What can Parkinson’s law teach modern businesses? And why, more than 50 years on, are we still talking about it?

The 7 best gmail add-ons for more productive work

23 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Gmail is by far the most popular email service in the world, but email is still a huge productive sinkhole. Luckily, a ton of Gmail add-ons can help – from prioritizing your inbox to tracking all client communication time. Here are seven of our favorite Gmail add-ons for more productive work.

Dealing with the problem of ‘presenteeism’

18 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Forget ‘absenteeism’ – in 2019, there’s a new problem: ‘presenteeism’. Being so hard to detect and combat, it represents a unique danger for employee motivation and productivity. To protect your company from the worst effects, here’s exactly how to deal with the problem of presenteeism.

Are you too available at work?

17 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to be good employees – replying to requests promptly and being part of the discussion. But this shouldn’t come at the expense of the job we were hired to do. The danger of being too available at work is very real – here’s how to ensure your culture and wellbeing doesn’t take a back seat.

The rise of “employee experience”

11 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The age of “employee experience” has set new demands on how companies operate. It’s become a crucial consideration – from competing for the best talent to just staying relevant as a business. In case you’re new to the concept, here’s everything you need to know about the rise of employee experience.

Top 10 tools for everyday agency management

10 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

There seems no end agency management or the number of tools designed to make it easier. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which agency tools are useful and which create more work? We’ve learnt the hard way so you don’t have to; here are our top 10 tools for everyday agency management.

Is working from home the most productive work model?

09 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Working from home is an idea most companies are still warming to. But despite managerial hang-ups and suspicions, the practice offers significant benefits for employers and employees alike. The most important for employers? Remote working may actually be the most productive work model going.

Why employee engagement matters

08 April, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Employee engagement is one of the single most important factors for any business. But since it’s hard to quantify, many aren’t aware of just how it impacts their productivity and efficiency. Here’s exactly why employee engagement matters, and why prioritizing it will always be crucial for success.

How to conduct a project post-mortem

04 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Projects rarely go entirely to plan, and even the most successful ones have room for improvement. But a good project post-mortem can show you what went wrong (and right!), so you can lead more effective projects. Here’s everything you need to know about how to conduct a project post-mortem.

Overcoming data blindness in your company

03 April, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Data is treated as the new oil; it carries huge rewards for businesses looking to better understand their consumers and improve operational efficiency. But as much as 73% of data goes unused within companies. Here’s how to overcome data blindness in your company, and put data designs into practice.

How to get out of a work slump for good

02 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Even if you love your job, some days the last thing you want to do is go to work. It’s completely normal, but when days stretch into several weeks, things get trickier. Being in a work rut has a greater effect than you might think, so make quick work of it – here’s how to get out of a work slump.

Time tracking for startups

28 March, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

In the startup business, time is the one variable you have complete control over and using it well is a basic matter of survival. But you don’t want to waste valuable time and effort tracking where it all goes. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool that automatically tracks how your startup actually spends its time in the background while you work.

How can we make work email more productive?

27 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Email is one of the most inefficient work tools going, eating up 23% of the average worker’s day. but it’s unlikely to go anywhere soon. So how can we make email more productive? How can we ensure we only use it where it really excels, and free up more time for the job we were actually hired to do?

The importance of empathy in organizational change

26 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Businesses need to change to stay relevant. But even when a change is clearly for the best, employees are often reluctant to accept it. So what’s the best way to get your team on board with organizational change and embrace future ones? The short answer: lead organizational change with empathy.

4 Leadership Philosophies To Live By

25 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

“Leadership” is a coveted quality in every workplace. You need to be decisive and inspiring, providing vision and structure, and helping every member of your team do their best work. But how do you go about this exactly? These four leadership philosophies are a great place to start.

What employees stand to gain from AI

21 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI is often sold to businesses for its huge potential to increase efficiency, lower costs, and enable smarter decisions. But the human impact of adopting AI often goes overlooked. Here’s what employees stand to gain from AI and why adoption represents a robust investment in your own company culture.

7 time management skills everybody needs

20 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Most of us could be better at managing time. But when it comes to effective time management, which actions actually make a difference and have a lasting impact on the way we work? Having helped thousands of companies get more quality from time, we’ve found you need these 7 time management skills.

Project monitoring: what it is and how to do it well

19 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Project management contains a whole world of responsibilities, from initiation to closeout. But with solid project monitoring, managing all of your project variables gets a lot easier. Here’s everything you need to know about project monitoring – from what it is, to how to do it really well.

How to build a feedback culture

18 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Feedback is key to company culture. People need to feel comfortable voicing ideas and opinions, and valued enough to want to contribute. But getting there isn’t always straightforward. For active and honest employee contribution, here’s how to build a feedback culture that actually sustains itself.

A guide to supporting mental health in the workplace

14 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

More companies are realizing the need to properly address employee mental health, but few actually know how to translate their responsibility into effective action. This guide is all about how to put policy into practice, and how supporting mental health in the workplace is within everyone’s grasp.

How much do distractions cost your productivity?

13 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Emails, pings, meetings, colleagues – a sum of interruptions wreak havoc with our productivity every day. While they seem small, it’s not as easy to refocus from distractions as you might think. From the biggest culprits to how they impact your work, here’s how to cost and control your distractions.

Why employee happiness should be a top priority

12 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In a corporate climate increasingly defined by values, employee happiness counts for a lot. We seek greater individuality, flexibility and meaning from the companies we choose to work for. In the age of “employee experience”, here’s why employee happiness should be a top priority for every business.

How to lead effective communication in the workplace

11 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

While email, Slack and meetings distract us on a daily basis, unproductive communication isn’t just the fault of our tools. Effective communication in the workplace starts with shared structure and boundaries. Here’s where most of us are go wrong and how a simple communication framework can help.

The best ways to support women in your workplace

06 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In spite of the progress made over the past few decades, things still aren’t always equal in the office, or the boardroom, or even the breakout room. From giving women credit for their own ideas to calling out unacceptable behavior, here are nine of the best ways to support women in your workplace.

Improve your delegation skills in 6 steps

05 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Delegating work can be a tricky business, but our desire for control shouldn’t come at the cost of a balanced workload. Delegation is a key leadership skill and basic sign of a healthy, cooperative team. If it’s been an issue for you in the past, improve your delegation skills with these six steps.

Hidden project costs that limit project ROI

28 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Profitability is the ultimate measure of any project. But even the most organized project managers run into hidden project tasks that limit project ROI. So how can you ensure you don’t undersell yourself? How do you identify everything that goes into your projects and cover costs in your proposals?

The art behind creative collaboration

26 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creatives are a rare breed. They’re brimming with ideas and eager to solve new challenges. But getting them to work together effectively requires a certain art. Use these five winning approaches to maximize your team’s creative collaboration and offer clients your best creative ideas – every time.

Mapping the future of organizations

20 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Automation, new work models and values-driven consumption are challenging how businesses organize and operate. We’re increasingly losing patience with rigid control and bloated process, and expect organizations to match our priorities. Here’s what the future organization looks like.

22 indispensable project management tips

19 February, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Project management is a notoriously tricky business. Costs, risks, resources, deadlines; just staying on top of them is a job in itself. But there are a few things you can do to avoid the most common difficulties. Minimize risks and lead more effective projects with these 20 project management tips.

From perk to policy: The rise of flexible working

18 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Flexible working has moved from employee perk to default company policy. But the change means more than just picking and choosing your hours. Here’s how the rise of flexible working happened – and how the fallout is set to dramatically change other areas or corporate organization and opportunity.

Time tracking for accountants

11 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As an accountant, good bookkeeping is par for the course. But you don’t want to waste any billable time doing your own. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects and clients for you while you work.

How to become creative on demand

06 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Businesses live and die by the C word; creativity is the difference between innovation and stagnation. But when your work hinges upon being creative, what do you do when ideas run dry? Can creativity be hacked so you can be creative on demand – or does that somehow weaken or compromise its effect?

How leadership can fix a toxic work environment

31 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Sadly, almost every workplace has its share of bad behavior – from ableism and unfair treatment, to bullying, sexual harassment and racial abuse. But what’s the best way to deal with it? How should you act in the wake of negative events? And as a leader, how can you fix a toxic work environment?

From flexi-schedules to remote working, more companies than ever before are adopting flexible working arrangements. While the positives for employees seem obvious, there’s a lot to be said about how flexible working benefits companies. Here’s why flexible working should be your policy, not perk.

How to onboard remote employees

28 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

How do you welcome, set up and train an employee who you never actually meet in-person? As a company that has worked 50% remotely for years now, we think we might have just nailed the winning approach. Here’s how to onboard remote employees the right way for long-term remote success.

Time tracking for employees

24 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Time tracking provides essential structure and visibility. But that doesn’t stop it from being the bane of employees’ lives. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours while employees work. Everyone can focus on what they were hired to do.

Is perfectionism preferable?

23 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Are high standards always a good thing? Is single-mindedness desirable in the workplace? And should employees feel comfortable to fail? As companies become increasingly supportive of employee mental health, they need to seriously question whether perfectionism is still preferable in the workplace.

Why company culture matters

21 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Company culture is a massive deal and should be permanently at the top of your business agenda. Why? Because it’s singularly responsible for building corporate reputation, team engagement and sustained productivity. Here’s exactly why company culture matters and how to build a really robust one.

Mental health sick days: should they be standard policy?

18 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Company policy around mental health is often vague, confusing or completely lacking. So in an attempt to raise its profile and encourage employees, many companies now openly promote “mental health sick days”. But is this the best way to approach employee mental health? And as a policy, is it enough?

While technology can facilitate project management, many heavy-weight tools just add to the burden. A saturation of features and complex interface can disengage employees entirely. So choose simplicity: here’s our pick of the best simple project management tools out there – no training necessary.

Dealing with work demotivation

16 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Forget about January blues – work demotivation is a perennial issue. But while it’s completely natural, it sure isn’t enjoyable. To help employees and colleagues make quick work of their blues and return to a warmer palette, here’s everything you need to know about dealing with work demotivation.

The best team building activities for remote teams

10 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Team collaboration depends on meaningful interaction. But how can you bond with your colleagues if never actually meet in person? Here are our favourite remote team building activities – for breaking the ice, starting new conversations, or simply enjoying quality time with your virtual team.

Are you a compassionate leader?

08 January, 2019 • 2 minutes to read

Teams are social units like any other; they depend on basic principles of trust, respect and compassion. But it is this latter quality – compassion – that often goes overlooked in company culture. Here’s how compassion impacts team effectiveness, and why every leader should make it a priority.

Five ways to streamline your small business

03 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to small business operations, efficiency and effectiveness are key. Fortunately, with the help of a few tools and methods, you can simplify everyday processes and free up time to focus on just doing your job. Streamline your small business with these five essential approaches.

Time tracking for remote teams

02 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Time tracking provides remote teams with essential structure, visibility and transparency. But that doesn’t stop it from feeling wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours for all your remote employees.

8 types of bias in decision making

27 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

We like to think we’re open-minded and impartial, but a ton of different biases are constantly distorting our thinking. To protect workplace diversity and make the best choice in any situation, we need to control them. Here are 8 common biases affecting your decision making and how to master them.

Time tracking for marketers

20 December, 2018 • 8 minutes to read

Whether you work in an agency, in a small team or for yourself, time tracking is a necessary evil for every marketer. But it isn’t going away any time soon. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first automatic time tracking app for marketers that can track all your hours for you while you work.

Four work tools that have outlived their value

17 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In an age of overwhelming innovation, technology is quickly superseded and forgotten – and our work tools are no different. But some inefficient work technologies just won’t seem to leave us alone. Here are four still-existent work tools that have outlived their value that we think will go next.

What tools do you need to set up a remote team?

13 December, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

Remote working has never been more popular, but as a very young working structure, it’s not without its teething problems. As a company whose workforce is 50% remote and 50% in-house, we think we might have just cracked the code. Here are the eight essential tools you need to set up a remote team.

Why time tracking is important for every business

12 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In business, time is the key to competitive advantage, and the only way to know how to use it better is to track it accurately. But it’s not just a measurement of profitability; it’s a means of essential self-discovery. Regardless of trade, here’s why time tracking is important for every business.

Do you have small task addiction?

11 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Crossing jobs off your list feels great, but it’s actually wonderfully unproductive. Our inbuilt preference for little tasks provides a huge sense of progress with very little substance. Here’s all you need to know about small task addiction – and why meaningful achievement always beats easy reward.

How to motivate your creative department

06 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

With high competition, talent shortages, and pressure to deliver work to rigid deadlines, agencies can be punishing places for creatives to work. And in the race to deliver, managers often block creativity. So how can you motivate your creative department to really get the best out of them?

How to manage remote workers

03 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While many companies grasp the benefits of hiring remote workers, few consider the infrastructure they’ll need to actually sustain them. From measuring employee progress to building team relationships within a virtual space, here are our tried-and-tested pointers on how to manage remote workers.

Employee time tracking doesn't have to be creepy

27 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Employee time tracking sounds creepy, but it shouldn’t be. Instead of policing people, time tracking can offer employees huge opportunity for autonomy and self-management. It’s just about choosing a time tracking tool based on trust, and showing employees exactly how it serves their interests.

The sustainable way to increase work engagement

15 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

There is no one single way to miraculously boost work engagement – but there are a whole host of things you can do in combination which support and inspire your team. From communicating and listening, to prioritizing employee wellbeing, here are four of the best ways to increase work engagement.

Can workplace competition ever be healthy?

14 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Increased motivation and productivity: just two positives from healthy workplace competition. But what does “healthy competition” even look like? Before trying it out with your team, it’s worth stopping to consider whether competition is actually ever a healthy choice in a collaborative environment.

Why we lose work motivation

13 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

We all experience a work slump at some point; it’s completely normal and natural. But that doesn’t stop it being utterly miserable. So how can we protect against it? How do we reignite our passion? How do we know when to call it a day? By working out why we lose work motivation in the first place.

Time tracking for architects

12 November, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

Time tracking is an essential practice for every architect, but few actually have the spare time and cognitive energy to do it accurately. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects while you work.

Why collaboration fails

09 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Effective collaboration is easier said than done. While we all have an innate need to connect with our colleagues, a ton of obstacles stop us from doing so. And investing in collaboration tools alone is not enough to solve the problem. So why does collaboration fail? And how can we protect against it?

Quantifying productivity

29 October, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

We all want to be more productive, but where do we start? How can we measure productivity to get more from our performance? If every business is different, what does productivity even mean? This detailed guide helps you comprehensively quantify and measure your personal version of productivity.

What you can learn from time tracking

23 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Time tracking is not just about getting paid. It’s essential for anyone looking to improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability. Since few people grasp the sheer amount of self-knowledge you can glean from it, here are the most useful things everyone can learn from time tracking.

From "data-driven" to "data-enabled"

22 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

“Data-driven” is dead. We know data is important, we’ve got the tools to track it - our problem isn’t collecting data, it’s knowing what to do with it. This article moves beyond the empty idea of being “data-driven” to explore the latest challenge for ambitious business: being data-enabled.

Good resource management keeps things simple

18 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Resource management can make or break projects. While using your resources to maximum effect can seem like an impossible task, it’s well within every project manager’s grasp. The trick to good resource management is to keep things simple – following a few key principles and choosing intuitive tools.

The importance of project control in project management

15 October, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Project control is an essential part of project management, crucial to every stage of a project’s lifecycle. To help you repeatedly deliver successful, valuable projects, we break down exactly what it is, how it fits into project management and the project control tools that keep it simple.