At the beginning, in the distant past, software was far from perfect and to use it was very frustrating, complicated and not fun. One had to be tech-savvy to even know how to start the software. Over time however, the progress has moved forward, especially with the new cloud and mobile applications appearing every day. The user interface has improved significantly,are easy to use and many software can now be interconnected in order to fulfill your needs.
Let’s look at online time tracking. Do you need or want to use it in your company, but are not really sure how to introduce it to your team, explain them the benefits and get started with it? Here are our tips:
1. Explain them the benefits
Talk with them openly about the reasons why one should track their time and what benefits and also disadvantages it has. The most important is, to explain to them that time tracking is not micromanagement or some form of employment control. It is not meant to be used to control how much time they work, but rather see how they spend their time. It is a more result-driven software, where teams, which focus on results rather than time at the workplace, will really benefit from this.
What are the benefits?
- Obtain a comprehensive overview of how much time is spent on individual tasks. Use this information to better plan resources in the future
- Obtain awareness of what your employees or colleagues are doing. You will easily see who is overworked and who you can pass the task to.
Tipp: When meeting with your team, just explain them the benefits and answer all their questions. Make sure to emphasize that this is to improve the efficiency and the work environment.
2. Show them it’s simple
In today’s world, it is no longer necessary to manually write down the time spent or use old spreadsheets. It’s much better to invest some time in searching for high-quality apps and testing them to see which one is suitable for your company. The app should be simple, intuitive and of course within your budget. Today there are a number of different applications and to choose the best one can of course be very challenging. If your time is too expensive, ask one of your colleagues to do the research and choose the most suitable software for your business. Just make sure you do a thorough research as you don’t want to have to introduce this “control software” twice ;).
Once you’ve found one you like, test it thoroughly and after you (or your colleague) understand the app, show it to your team. Explain them the application and all the features and options it has. Of course, ask them for their opinion and answer any questions they might have. If you chose a good software, it shouldn’t be difficult to implement or use, neither for you nor your team.
3. Teach the software and help your team
As said, choose a program that is user-friendly and intuitive. Most companies are placing more and more value on Cloud software with mobile versions, as the employees can track their time whenever and wherever they are, making it flexible and also a fun alternative to the typical, “boring” timesheets.
During the first week of the launch of the software, support your team by:
- Sending daily reminders about using the time tracker and asking for feedback
- Reminding them to help each other
- Making an effort to not only use the stopwatch to keep track of attendance, but also to increase their productivity (maybe with some game or competition)
- Sharing and discussing the results after some time
4. Analyze the results
Once you have the results, sit down with your team and share the data. The statistics can show a lot about who does what and who has been using the software, as the data should also show an increase in productivity. Maybe at the beginning it will not, but you will see, over time the efficiency and productivity of the whole team should increase. Many software offer a team overview, so the team can see how everyone is doing, which will in turn motivate them to do better. Do remember that not everything is numbers though: in the end, the most motivating thing for anyone is praise and verbal feedback. So don’t just let the numbers show it, but use the numbers to support it :-)
5. Make it a habit
To make a change more accepted, the important part is regularity. Once people use it as a habit without questioning the reason behind it, you have succeeded in your goal. But it’s not just that. You should also monitor the time tracking regularly and make sure people use it. The worst what can happen, is that you tell the employees or colleagues to use it, but you don’t check it regularly or analyze the data. The team will then soon also stop using it, because then they don’t see the point.
So try it for yourself. You will see, with all the statistics and data you obtain from a time tracking software, which is easy, fun, and helpful, it is beneficial to not only the company, but also to the individual and the environment. It’s helped many companies and individuals so far, so why shouldn’t it help you? :-)
One last Tip: Try primaERP! It has both a complex and simplified time tracking version, plus the possibility to create bills. It’s free for 3 users, so you have nothing to lose :-)