When we talk about work time tracking, there are people who either love it or hate it.
On the love side, are those who have already embraced time tracking in a way that benefits their business, clients, and empowers employees to work better. On the hate side, are usually those who were forced to track work time.
Tracking work time is a personal decision. There is no one-size-fits-all methodology for time tracking, billing clients by the hour or flat bidding projects. You have to find what works the best for your business.
However, here are ten common myths about tracking work time.
Myth #1: Paper timesheets are still good for tracking time and attendance
Paper timesheets are old school. There`s way too much room for mistakes with paper timesheets.
Tracking work time using paper timesheets also means that you have to hire more employees to collect, analyze and approve the data.
Isn`t it better to streamline this process and use automated time tracking software?
Myth #2: Employers implement time tracking software for their benefit only
No. Time tracking software helps employees and managers collaborate better and faster. What if your developers for example are spending to much time with support tickets, or your designers too much time in meetings instead of doing what they love. Time tracking software works for both the employees` and employers` benefit.
Myth #3: Work time tracking demotivates employees
The truth is completely the opposite. Time tracking allows employers to detect hard working employees and reward their efforts. Employers can also detect those who take longer to execute tasks and find a way to help them. This could be down to a slow process put in place by the management in the first place!
So hard working employees are happy because their work is appreciated, and other employees can do their work better.
Myth #4 Time tracking is a waste of time
If you use the right tool then no. But if you still track your time writing it down on a piece of paper or application where you forget to enter the time, then yes. This is why you need to choose an automated time tracking application that does all this for you without you having to lift a finger. You need a solution that can track everything for you in the background so you don't waste time, tracking time.
Myth #5 Work time tracking works best for freelancers
Employees that work on a salary can also benefit from using time tracking software. Because it helps to improve time management and self-organization skills.
Myth #6 No one uses time tracking software
Nonsense, At Yaware alone, in 3 years we've helped analyze working time for over 15,540 employees in more than 1,275 companies.
Myth #7 All time tracking software is the same
Time tracking software varies a lot. From start and stop timers you must do yourself, to fully automated solutions like Yaware that track time and Internet usage in the background as you work.
Myth #8 Work time tracking invades employee privacy
If employees are being tracked secretly, then yes. And it is against the law.
Most time tracking companies encourage open time tracking. This way it can help employees improve their work.
Myth #9 It takes a lot of time to implement and teach employees how to use it
Most time tracking software is web based. This means that you don`t have to spend time and money to install local servers, hire employees to install and customize the system, etc.
The best time tracking software is user-friendly and doesn`t require employee training as it works in the background so you don't have to do a thing.
Myth #10 Small businesses don't really need time tracking
No matter what the company size, tracking work time can bring a lot of competitive benefits. By implementing time tracking, you can streamline payroll, CRM, project and task management and see the gaps in employees` performance.
As a result you can run your business better, faster, empower employees and solve issues in a timely manner.