More people are working remotely than ever before. It’s good news, then, that a recent study found working from home increased employee productivity up to 47%. Still, seven out of ten employees struggle with the remote work model. While it’s clear that working remotely offers huge benefits for both the employee and the company, it needs to be done strategically, with the proper tools and supports in place, to make sure it’s successful. Here’s how time tracking software can help.
Three Common Problems for Remote Workers
Remote workers encounter unique challenges. Loneliness, technical glitches, communication struggles, or keeping a remote employee engaged with the company and connected to their team is difficult. Time-tracking software can play a role in improving employee satisfaction and streamlining the management of these off-site workers. Here are three ways it works.
PROBLEM #1: Managing projects is difficult with a remote team. From dividing up tasks to knowing the progress toward completion, it’s a challenge for both managers and employees to have full confidence in the status of a project.
SOLUTION: Time tracking software involves more than simply logging the number of hours worked. Use a more detailed time-keeping system to create individual line items for employees to log time on specific tasks or projects, which helps remote employees know exactly what their managers expect them to be working on. This also allows managers to see the amount of time (including billable hours) spent on projects to better assess progress toward completion.
PROBLEM #2: Remote workers struggle to build trust with managers. Without traditional rapport-building activities or the automatic accountability of an in-office environment, it’s often difficult for remote workers to feel like their managers are seeing their true performance, or for managers to fully trust that their employees are spending their time the way they’re supposed to.
SOLUTION: Time tracking software offers a way to hold workers accountable and also have their work efforts recognized by managers, fostering a working relationship built on mutual trust and respect. Managers won’t feel the need to micromanage their remote employees’ workload when they can see the amount of time they’ve logged on specific tasks or projects. Employees can input detailed records of their time and progress, giving managers a transparent view of their individual effort and productivity.
PROBLEM #3: Time management is a huge challenge for remote workers. With multiple home-based distractions, productivity can wane if effective accountability systems aren’t in place.
SOLUTION: Time tracking software gives remote employees a way to organize their time completely with built-in accountability to their managers. Create logs that require a specific time and task tracking. Or, encourage employees to use a built-in stopwatch to track actual time spent working on a project if they’re more motivated by a visually ticking clock. Simple tools like this can give remote workers some additional structure to their nontraditional working environment, improving their time management, and preventing a dip in productivity.
Easy-to-Use Time Tracking Software
Implementing a better time tracking system doesn’t have to be complicated. MindSalt’s web-based time tracking platform requires NO installation or configuration and is easily accessible to your remote employees and managers. MindSalt has a straightforward pricing model and is perfect for companies of any size. Sign up for a free trial today!