• What it Means to Be an Autonomous Team and 10 Steps to Create Team Autonomy

    Steve Jobs famously said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” 

    Lee Iacocca shared a similar view: “I hire people brighter than me and get out of their way.”

    Whether you’re building an internal team or hiring external contractors, you can often create a significant impact on your business by giving great people the freedom to solve problems in their own way. They produce better results, create more efficiencies, enable innovation, and overcome challenges in ways you might not otherwise.

    But to get the most value out of great people, you must give them autonomy. With autonomy, they will work to their potential, and your business will reap the benefits of their knowledge and experience.

    This article provides an overview of what it means to be an autonomous team. We discuss the characteristics of autonomous teams and offer some critical steps to create your own.

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  • The 4 Day Week – Halfway Trial Results and Participating Countries

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    There is a lot of talk around the six-month trial of a 4-day work week in the United Kingdom. The trial is run by the 4 Day Week Global Foundation who funds research into 4-day week practices, the future of work and workplace wellbeing. The UK trial is in partnership with Autonomy and 4 Day Week UK.

    What is the 4 Day Week?

    The 4 Day Week Global Foundation is a not-for-profit community established by Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart. It aims to “provide a platform for like-minded people who are interested in supporting the idea of the 4 day week as a part of the future of work”. A future where workers get an extra day off per week with no reduction in pay. This is based on the 100-80-100™ model. Which stands for 100% pay, for 80% of the time and a commitment to maintain at least 100% of the output.

    The UK Trial Halfway Results

    The UK 6-month trial kicked off in June 2022 and will conclude in November 2022. The full pilot programme started in February this year with information sessions and a call to sign up. More than 70 UK organisations signed up for the 6-month trial with the halfway point results published last month. Some of these results include: 

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  • Key Features and Benefits You Need in a Team Time Tracking App

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    You’ve decided that time tracking is right for your team due to the potential productivity and work/life balance benefits. Now you’re ready to get started.

    You’ll need a team time tracking app to track time accurately and reliably with as little disruption to your business and team as possible. While teams previously used paper forms and punched clocks to record time, those methods have become outdated and inefficient. We’re in the digital age; you need a powerful app.

    A proper time tracking tool is more than just a stopwatch. It’s easy to use, records detailed information about individual activities, and keeps private data private. It lets teams work their best and administrators manage effectively.

    But which time tracking app should you choose? Admittedly, several are available, so you must search for the right app for your organization. Consider your options carefully because this tool can profoundly impact your team’s performance.

    This article lists the most important features you should look for in a potential time tracking app. Don’t settle on a tool until it meets these criteria.

    (Before you dive in, consider browsing our complete guide on team time tracking. It’s a great primer on tracking the time of a group, including how time tracking works, the benefits you can get from it, and how to implement it in your team.)

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  • Time Management & Mental Health – Create the work-life balance you need

    In support of this year’s World Mental Health Day theme ‘Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority’, we have a unique roundup of articles to help you create a healthy work-life balance and build the life you want. 

    You may be a freelancer, consultant, entrepreneur, part of a team or manage a team – whoever you are, life is busy. Our lives actually seem to be getting even more and more busy; and it’s getting more difficult to keep on top of everything we need to do. 

    Did you know that time management isn’t about getting everything done, but rather about getting the important things done? Psychology Today refers to time management as “a skill necessary for achieving a better quality of life. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you get the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.”

    Discover how you can improve your time management skills for a better quality of life with this collection of Timing articles. 

    These articles include tips on how to work less, understand what some of the biggest time management challenges are, as well as helpful references and apps that can help you create the life you want. 

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  • Screen Time on Your iPhone, iPad and Mac: The Definitive Guide

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    Apple rarely fails to impress and delight us with new iPhone updates, products, and industry announcements.

    And the iOS 12 software update has not disappointed, especially with a newly released feature designed to increase your awareness of the time you spend on your iPhone: Screen Time.

    Screen Time could change the way you think about your iPhone or iPad by allowing you to review how you are using your device and how often, and make adjustments accordingly.

    Here at Timing, we’re applauding – Obviously, we’re all about time tracking for increasing productivity!

    And while there are significant differences between Timing on macOS and Screen Time on your iPhone or iPad, we’re still excited to take a deeper look at what Screen Time offers you, and how it can help you review and improve your time usage.

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  • How to Introduce Time Tracking to Your Team

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    You’ve decided to start tracking your team’s time. You understand the benefits of time tracking and believe it’s right for your team and organization. Your next step is to get your team on board and kick off the time tracking program.

    Time tracking is a powerful asset for teams of all sizes, including in-house employees and teams of outsourced freelancers. Time tracking offers better productivity, accountability among team members, faster work production, and accurate billing when used properly. 

    Some team members are naturally suspicious of team time tracking. This hesitancy is often due to preconceived notions of what time tracking is and how it works. They may assume that you’ll use it to force them to work unreasonably hard or fast. Obviously, this isn’t your intent, so thoughtfully introducing your time tracking program to your team is essential. You can soothe many of their fears with the right information. 

    Many teams welcome time tracking as a powerful tool to improve productivity and gain insight into their work. This article offers a step-by-step guide to introducing time tracking to your team. Then we illuminate some common concerns team members make about time tracking and how you can address them. 

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  • The Complete Guide to Team Time Tracking

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    As a team leader, you want your team members to be as productive as possible to make the team (and your overall organization) successful. You also want them to be happy, satisfied workers who don’t struggle with burnout or underappreciation. You can manage both of these concerns with team time tracking. 

    At one point, we used time tracking only to calculate salaries and paid time off. But in the age of data, time tracking offers numerous additional benefits – for businesses and individual employees. To be competitive, you should take advantage of this powerful technique

    In this guide on team time tracking, we explain what it is, how it works, the benefits you can get from it, and how to implement it in your team.

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  • How to Recognize Toxic Productivity With Time Tracking

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    It is 8 AM on Saturday, and you already feel anxious because you have a lengthy list of tasks you want to complete. Your team told you to take some time off, but you can’t seem to slow down. Your mind is always racing, so you can’t relax.

    This is what it’s like when toxic productivity takes over your life. Your mindset makes you believe that your worth is determined by how much you accomplish. If you are not constantly working, you feel useless.  Suffering from toxic productivity can lead to depression, anxiety, and burnout.

    Tracking how much time you spend on tasks and projects is a great way to reduce toxic productivity as you can ensure you’re not wasting time on unimportant work. It helps you reach your goals faster and with less stress.  You can use your downtime to rest and recharge to become even more productive when you return to work.

    Automatic time tracking tools, such as Timing for macOS users, help you track how much time you spend on various tasks to see which ones are taking up most of your time.  

    Timing helps you focus on what’s important instead of wasting time on non-essential tasks. It shows you a detailed breakdown of where your time goes throughout the day to identify any blind spots in your workflow, so you can adjust accordingly. 

    When you keep track of your time, you’ll be able to identify patterns in your work day and understand how to improve your productivity and efficiency.  

    Timing also helps you gain a sense of control over your work life and provides you time tracking data you can use for both personal and professional development. To see how it works, download Timing today and start your 30-day free trial.

    Toxic productivity and being productive are two completely different things. In today’s article, we will provide the information you need to recognize and overcome this challenge. We will also explain how Timing helps you reduce the need for constant productivity. Let’s start with some basics.
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  • The Importance of Time Recording for Team Efficiency

    Many teams agree that time recording is essential in improving productivity and efficiency. However, they usually avoid tracking work hours. It feels like a burden to record time manually since it disrupts their work days, takes up additional time, and results in inaccurate reports.

    In the long run, avoiding time recording will do far more harm than good for your team since the average employee faces more than 50 distractions daily, while multitasking makes them 40% less productive

    You can use automatic time tracking software such as Timing to overcome these challenges and improve operational efficiency and team effectiveness.

    Timing automatically tracks time for your team, helping them do their jobs without interruptions. They can freely switch between tasks without worrying about starting and stopping timers. 

    Timing enables you to understand team capacity, improve time, resources, project management, and increase project profitability by keeping your team on track. 

    Timing also preserves your team members’ privacy by showing the aggregate project time record without personal details. You can get an overview of the time spent on each project to make necessary improvements. To see how it works, download Timing and start tracking time with a 30-day free trial.

    In today’s article, we will explain the importance of time recording for team efficiency and show how to use Timing to achieve your business goals. Let’s start with some general information on time recording.
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  • How to Track Employee Time Effectively: Manual vs Automatic Time Tracking

    To track or not to track… That was the question.

    Not anymore.

    To track manually or automatically – that is the question of today’s importance. Because of poor time tracking habits and, consequently, untracked time, US companies lose $8.8 billion per day.

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    Businesses still face burdensome disagreements around employee work hours and struggle to decide how to monitor the latter efficiently. Let’s take the controversy around old-fashioned paper timesheets vs digitally-driven solutions for worker time monitoring.

    Are you still using paper timesheets or have you already switched to digital methods and productivity apps?

    You’ll definitely change your mind in favor of automatic tools after reading this article. Dive in.

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