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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 • 4 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 • 5 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 • 4 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 • 5 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.

Eight 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 5 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 • 6 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 • 3 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 • 4 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.

Hire for diversity

12 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As businesses, we are uniquely positioned to challenge the deep-rooted trends that determine who has access to opportunity – and true workplace diversity only serves to strengthen our productive and creative output. Here’s how to hire for diversity without making the whole thing two-dimensional.

What every business should know about itself

27 September, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, self-knowledge is everything; you can’t function or grow without it. Going beyond the obvious information – like knowing your cash flow situation and target market – this list shines a light on the less overt, but equally important factors that every business should know about itself.

Work burnout: causes and cures

24 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Work burnout happens to the best of us and it isn’t just down to working too much. While stress and long hours do add up, work burnout is often the sum of more subtle factors. Keep these serial causes of work burnout – and their cures – in mind to protect you and your team from its worst effects.

How learning can help you manage work stress

20 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Stressed at work? The best stress management technique is probably one you’ve never considered. No massage chairs, no therapy dogs needed. See why a little regular self-attention in the form of learning has been scientifically proven to reduce work stress and build personal resilience.

How to procrastinate constructively

12 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Procrastination is often seen as a vice we all need to cure. But some of the most successful people in the world have been procrastinators. There’s a lot to be said for this completely healthy and useful part of our natural creative process. Here’s how constructive procrastination helps us win big.

Why you need a mobile time clock in your life

10 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When you only use a desktop time tracker, you only track part of your work. As work increasingly moves across devices and outside the office, we need to rethink how we capture all our billable hours. It starts with asking more of our tracking tools – and mobile time clocks might just be the answer.

Five ways to improve employee motivation

06 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Motivation is a staple feature of every successful workforce. But it’s also one of the hardest to maintain. While no singular approach works consistently, every company can improve employee motivation and performance by prioritizing a few things – from employee autonomy to recognition and respect.

The emotional cost of productivity

31 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected, progress-obsessed world, it’s hard not to ask more of our own performance. But while some level of challenge is good, we need to recognize the emotional cost of productivity. Using Elon Musk as an example, we explore why success is as much about attitude as hard work.

Is your team workload management fair?

29 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Maintaining a fair team workload is no mean feat – but failing to do so can absolutely kill team productivity and morale. This practical guide breaks down how to approach team workload management and the team management tools that help you support and enable a vibrant team of motivated specialists.

Admin costs us tons in lost work productivity

28 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While we all have a hunch that admin hold holds us back, the degree to which tasks like accounting, expensing and time tracking limit our work productivity is staggering. With excessive bureaucratic processes swallowing up to 25% of a company’s productive power, it’s time to take back control.

Time tracking for agencies

24 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Agency time tracking is boring, unnatural and wildly unproductive, but without it nobody can get paid. As much as we hate time tracking, it isn’t going anywhere. It’s exactly why we built Timely – the first automatic time tracking app to track and log hours for all your employees while they work.

The pillars of a thriving agency culture

23 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Agency culture can be hard to define. Ask ten people what it means and you’ll get ten different answers. But getting it right is essential for long-term success. It makes the difference between progression and regression, engagement and disillusionment. So what makes a thriving agency culture?

How to make "remote" work

22 August, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

While the idea of remote work is not new, going “remote” is now easier than ever. But not every story ends in success. This guide – informed by Timely remote workers’ 17 cumulative years of experience – explores what remote workers and managers can practically do to make “remote” work for everyone.

How to respond to negative feedback

21 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While it’s normal to feel upset or defensive when receiving negative feedback, these responses are almost never helpful. Making mistakes is a necessary part of our development, so we need to be able to respond to negative feedback constructively. Here’s exactly how to go about it without burning bridges.

4 ways to maximize team collaboration

20 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, your people will always be your biggest asset. But effective teams require more than just smart hires. In a changing landscape of flexible working, in-house consultancy and remote lifestyles, we explore how businesses can rise to new teamwork challenges and maximize team collaboration.

Essential software for every small business

14 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Starting any business is daunting, but for small businesses it’s even harder. Luckily, the software market is saturated with tools to help; the hard part is choosing them well. We’ve put together our choice of small business software – managing everything from communications and projects to taxes.

The dangerous power of habit

09 August, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

When it comes to change, humans have a funny way of stalling their own progress. A lot of us regularly rely on hard-wired habit to make decisions, even though it's highly irrational and limiting. We explore exactly why overcoming habit is essential for enabling personal growth and long-term happiness.

Technological innovation is a healthy and wholly expected part of running a business. But your new technology is completely pointless until people actually adopt it. We look at some of the main reasons people resist technological change and explore strategies to encourage rapid technology adoption.

How to only run effective meetings

25 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

People love to hate on meetings, but it’s for good reason – unproductive meetings cost the US economy alone $25 million a day. Yet meetings are still essential vehicles for cross-company collaboration. We explore six different ways to lead more effective meetings and control your hidden internal costs.

Attracting only the “right” candidates is a sure-fire way to make recruiting more bearable. Having just hired 10 such people to the Timely team, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to do it. Here are our top pointers on writing job adverts that really pop.

Office fitness challenges help teams strengthen relationships and focus on personal wellbeing. But how do you get people to actually commit to them? Technology may well be the answer! Here are the best office fitness challenge apps we’ve found for simple, memorable competitions.

Time tracking for teams

11 July, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time tracking provides teams with essential work transparency. We designed Timely as a tool employees can actually trust, to help everyone in your team become the master of their own performance. By tracking all your team’s time automatically, everyone can just get back to what’s actually important.

A change of plan can increase employee engagement

21 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Research shows that creating a simple daily plan can increase employee engagement – but choosing the wrong type of plan can actually harm it. We explore time management planning and contingency planning to discuss exactly how employees can make the right plan to stay engaged and in control.

The best project trackers are automatic

11 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Forget about spreadsheets – all the activity and time you spend on your projects can now be tracked automatically while you work. There’s no more need to log project time manually or cross-reference multiple documents: capture, review and manage projects performance from one place.

The power of project time tracking

01 June, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

As an essential lightweight project management tool, you’re going to want to get a project time tracker set up. Project time tracking helps improve every aspect of project performance – from estimation and management, through to accurate reporting and invoicing. See how to do it without wasting any of your own time.

Give constructive feedback in 4 steps

15 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Feedback is just a misunderstood term for communicating effectively. It’s in everyone’s power and interest to give feedback; we just need to get a whole lot better at how, why and when we dish it out. Here’s how reclaim the F-word and start giving constructive feedback in 4 simple steps.

The best employee time clock isn’t a time clock

10 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Every company can benefit from employee time tracking. But as our tools turn digital, manual time clocks aren’t up to the job. We explore how time clocks work against employers, how modern time clock apps repeat their mistakes, and how automatic time tracking apps solve the problem.

Team building activities for total strangers

06 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team building activities aren’t about forcing strangers to have weirdly structured “fun” together. And they don’t have to be eye-wateringly awful. Take a look at our top tried-and-tested team building activities, and how to go about choosing activities that truly include and motivate everyone.

The essential company meetup checklist

04 May, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Company meetups are a great idea for every business, but for companies with remote teams they're essential. Here at Timely, 50% of our workforce is remote and, having just held another roaring international gathering, we’ve think we've cracked the formula to the perfect meetup. Take a look at our essential checklist (and save a copy of our handy infographic) to help plan your own cracking company meetup.

The concept of “tracking” is scary, but in the workplace, it's essential for improving employee productivity. We explore the careful decisions managers and developers need to make in order to avoid supporting tracking tools that beat the very people they were designed to serve.

Remote employee time tracking isn't just for managers

24 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

As the popularity of remote working rises, so does the need for effective work tracking tools. But despite the slew of invasive software out there, remote employee tracking doesn’t have to be creepy – it simply requires light-touch collaborative time tracking.

KPIs for measuring employee performance

18 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Measuring employee performance is an essential part of assessing your business’ financial health. Since your people are your biggest asset, you need to ensure your investment in them is actually paying off. We’ve put together some of the best universal KPIs businesses can use to quickly check high-level employee productivity and effectiveness.

The workplace presence problem

29 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

We need to talk about workplace presence – specifically, our weird socialized need to be “visible” and immediately available at work. We call it the presence problem.

How to motivate employees to track time

27 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Since time tracking began, managers have been hounding employees to log their hours. It’s a problem many companies still haven’t cracked, but we think we have: the best way to motivate employees to track time is to remove the dreaded burden entirely.

Time tracking helps employee management

09 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking and employee management go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t manage teams, spread workloads, reduce costs or improve employee performance without tracking employee time. Our short infographic breaks down the key time tracking insights which enable effective day-to-day employee management.

Office design isn’t just about physical space

26 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of redesigning your office? Read this first. Office design can make or break wellbeing and productivity. We assess the strengths and pitfalls of modern office design trends to explore what a good office design looks like, and why it goes well beyond simply styling a physical space.

Why we work remotely

19 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of working remotely? Looking to hire remote workers? Or just want a better sense of how it works in practice? This one’s for you. Our hybrid office/remote model has just entered its fourth year of smooth sailing and we want to share exactly how it works, why we do it and how we created it.

The huge benefits of project task tracking

09 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Project task tracking reveals a whole host of insights which help you improve project management, budget estimation and timeline scoping. And it doesn’t need to require any extra administrative effort. We explore just how project task tracking helps you run efficient projects and how to go about it.

Increase employee productivity with time tracking

02 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking offers a huge opportunity for increasing productivity, helping employees become more efficient and engaged with work. We look at exactly how tracking time can increase employee productivity, and the time tracking tools that make sure you don’t waste more time getting there.

Five essentials of team effectiveness

01 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Team effectiveness relies on a few core principles – whether you manage a fixed in-house team, freelancers or remote employees. We break down the five key areas you need to nail to get the most out of every team member.

Automatic time tracking benefits everyone

29 January, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Automatic time tracking redefines the way entire businesses value and bill for their time. We break down what automatic time tracking actually is and discuss the benefits of automatic time tracking for managers, employees and business leaders alike.

The biggest problems with time tracking

07 December, 2017 • 4 minutes to read

Employees hate time tracking, but if your business bills by the hour, you can’t do without it. We tackle some of the biggest issues employees have with time tracking to help you restart the conversation. Use our useful strategies to help get your employees to track time.

Why are you still chasing timesheets?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

Late timesheets can cost your business serious money, but there’s no reason to chase for a timesheet ever again. We look at the best strategies around to ensure you always get your employees’ timesheets in on time, including apps that create your timesheets for you.

Is it ethical to track employees?

22 November, 2017 • 2 minutes to read

This is a really important question to feel comfortable answering. Kudos for looking into it – you clearly actually care about your team. We discuss how to track employee hours and productivity the right way.