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Time tracking for remote teams

Written 02 January, 2019, 5 minutes to read

Time tracking provides remote teams with essential structure, visibility and transparency. It helps managers coordinate resources; it helps virtual workers master their own performance. But that doesn’t stop it from feeling wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool that can automatically track and log hours for all your remote employees while they work. Everyone can focus on what they were actually hired to do.

The time tracking app for remote teams

Timely tracks all the time your remote team spends on different projects and clients without interrupting them. It records all active web and desktop activity – as well as mobile calls and GPS location – and uses AI to translate it all into fully accurate timesheets. Remote workers can structure their work and share progress with minimal effort, and managers can balance team resources and bill clients accurately all from one place.

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📚 Creates an accurate record for all business time

Whether you are legally required to document all remote employee hours, want fully accurate remote employee timesheets for billing, or just want a complete picture of how your business spends all its time, automatic time tracking has your back. It completely removes the dependence on manual input, so business time is never misreported or forgotten by busy employees. You can see the time you spend down to the app used, to ensure all project work is accounted for and billed appropriately; even commonly overlooked activities like internal team communication, meetings and email.

🔍 Provides team-wide transparency

Timely helps everyone on your remote team get the information they need to be effective and supportive. All your employees can see what their colleagues are working on from one place, alongside individual capacity to facilitate collaboration; when they need help, they can easily see who has room to help out. But it also provides essential transparency for managers. By tracing activity and hours worked across each remote employee, you can ensure everyone is keeping to your priorities and has a healthy workload. It’s especially useful for preventing burnout and simply understanding how you can better support your remote workers.

Supports remote worker self-management

Despite the attraction of flexibility, all remote workers need to establish structure to work effectively. Timely helps them master their own productive performance by revealing exactly how they use their time. Remote workers can understand how long different tasks take, where they get distracted, and where their process can be improved. It also provides the means to schedule their week effectively – calls, meetings, and video conferences auto-import to help them structure work against their capacity, and “planned vs logged” time can help them understand just how much time they will need for each task.

📈 Centralizes remote project management

Quick custom reporting and real-time project dashboards let remote teams instantly review progress from one place without wasting effort digging for information. Remote worker hours are represented in all your project totals, so can track budget spend and project activity with complete confidence. With a complete view of all project activities and task durations, you can make more accurate estimates for future work.

🙌🏼 Leads from a position of trust

Remote employee time tracking can’t work without mutual trust and respect. Unlike some time tracking apps, Timely promotes employee agency over intimidation, providing everyone with a secure space to manage and improve their own performance. Everyone using the app has the right to review their timesheets, activity and project tasks to ensure they are correct and fully representative before sharing them with colleagues. Remote employees feel comfortable using the tool, and managers protect an honest and open working culture.

😎 Supports the remote lifestyle

Timely was built for the dynamic remote work lifestyle. With apps for web, desktop, tablet, smartphone and smartwatch, you can access and manage your time across all your devices. And with GPS location and mobile call tracking, virtual workers can capture all the work they do away from their home office. You can also manage and organize your time however you want – checking at the end of the day, or once a week. Since everything is tracked, there’s no pressure; everyone can just focus on actual productive work.

Why remote teams love Timely

Remote teams from all backgrounds and industries choose Timely to effortlessly coordinate and optimize their performance. But don't just take our word for it; here's what a few of them had to say about the tool:

“I work remotely for a studio in Berlin and also manage a remote start-up. Timely helps me bill for all my work, capture time on client calls, track budgets and understand project task length all in one.”Paola, remote front-end developer

“I have a small team working 100% virtually and am legally required to document all the hours of my team. Timely lets me capture all the hours they work, as well as showing if we’re making the best use of those hours. You would not believe what I've personally learned about how I use my time!”Line, digital marketing company CEO and founder

“I am traveling and working remotely at the same time. Timely’s automatic time tracking provides a layer between what I’m doing and how I organize my time. The onboarding process and tool usability are great!” – __Graysen, remote designer __

“We work in a small office setting, but many of us work remotely. Timely helps us keep track of what we're each working on and how it relates to our clients.”Garin, marketing and PR

“Timely is an awesome app for remote workers. It does everything you forget to do (like hitting a timer to record a project) and everything you hate to do (like trying to add up billable hours). Love it!”Caroline, graphic designer

“I began working remotely about two years ago, working across multiple projects. I needed something that was online, accessible and easy to use on all my devices, which could provide me with a detailed breakdown of all my work. TImely was it, exactly, and I'm really happy to say that it continues to meet my needs.”Waqar, business management

Try Timely with your team

We’d love to know how Timely works for your remote team. Trial the full app free for 14 days and let us know what you think. If there’s a specific functionality that could really supercharge your virtual team management, send a feature request to [email protected] and we’ll push it up our development list!

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