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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.