What employees do after they clock in each morning totally depends on how they feel about the environment they work in.
If their job is challenging or entertaining, their co-workers are friendly, and they feel valued, they will probably begin the next challenge with creativity and a positive attitude. If, on the other hand, they feel bored, under-appreciated, and threatened by fellow employees, they may be consumed with negativity and unable, or unwilling, to concentrate.
- “How do I know my employees won’t clock in from home?”
- “What if employees share passwords and clock in for each other?”
- “What if my mobile employees clock in from their phones before they reach the job site?”
Employers who are curious about switching to online time tracking wonder about these things. They are all valid questions. The internet can be accessed from anywhere so it makes sense that employers would be concerned that employees could clock in from anywhere too.
This post was contributed by Seb Atkinson. Seb is a writer by day, fitness fanatic by night, believing that a healthy lifestyle can improve your quality of life at home and at work. Follow him at https://twitter.com/SebAtkinson.
In the US, employees take an average of 4.9 days off each year in sick leave, according to research by PwC. If you’re a small business, these days can really add up – if you have 100 employees for example, that could mean an average of 490 days are lost each year due to sickness. As a result, it can really pay to reduce this figure and improve productivity by empowering your staff to live healthier, happier lives. Read on to discover how to achieve this.
Ever have one of those bosses who guides the team back to business a minute and thirty seconds into goofing off? From the boss’s perspective, he’s paying a lot of money for a whole roomful of employees to have a chuckle, a chuckle they could just save for after work. It’s like an extra paid break and that’s just not fair, right? But from the employee’s perspective, the time they spend at work is nearly half of their waking lives and the expectation to work seriously the whole time, leave friendships outside the office, and only look up from work once per day at lunch is the fast track to burn out.
This guest post was contributed by JT Ripton who is a business consultant and freelance writer out of Tampa. You can follow him on Twitter @JTRipton
As the modern business world becomes more dependent on independent contractors and remote workers, the models of leadership have to change. Today’s manager has to use every tool at his or her disposal to make sure every member of the team is on the same page, whether in person or telecommuting. Here are some strategies to keep remote employees engaged and on-task.
We recently started using a chat system on our website. Chat is great for our business because it gives us another avenue to connect with customers. Chat doesn’t get as busy as the phones do here and so we don’t have dedicated staff to answer them. Instead, several of us keep a chat window open on our browsers while we’re working and share the task of responding to the messages.
What does this have to do with clocking in and out online? It’s not much different actually. It’s a task that must be completed online before and after every shift and break. And it’s a new habit that employees have had to get into.
Our experience with the new system has lent some valuable insight into the difficulty of adopting a new procedure and we’ve come up with some solutions to resolve it.
In some businesses employee lateness doesn’t really matter. Some jobs simply require completion, like stuffing envelopes for example, and it doesn’t really matter if it gets done at 10am or 10pm. But for most workers, being on time does matter, and for some, it matters a whole lot.
Sales people, for example, have a window of time when their prospects are available; store clerks are needed on the floor to help customers as soon as the store opens; managers need to be available for their workforce; and teammates need to collaborate. In most businesses, work is conducted during specific hours and employees need to be there during those times. If they’re not, productivity slides.