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Slip Slipping Away

Published: January 11, 2016

Have you ever started a task at work, and felt like you’d been working on it for hours, only to check the time and find that barely 15 minutes had passed?

What about the opposite, where you dive into a task when you get into work in the morning and are interrupted by your colleagues asking you to go to lunch with them, when you feel like it must be barely 10am?

Perhaps you’re still on your festive season vacation right now, and are not even quite sure what day of the week it is. Time just keeps slip, slipping away!

Turns out, you’re not alone in feeling like this. The Wall Street Journal’s Sumathi Reddy recently published an article titled, ‘We Know Why You’re Always Late’ which brought some new research on the subject of time allocated to various jobs and workplace lateness into focus. Some research highlighted in the article sheds light on why we are all so remarkably bad at timekeeping. For example, according to Buehler, people generally underestimate task-completion time by up to 40 per cent.

The news was not all bad though, as there are a number of ways you can improve your time-keeping ability. For example, Kruger research suggests that people give more accurate estimates of how long a task will take if they first break it into detailed steps.

Employee lateness and issues like over and underestimating the amount of time allocated to a particular job can have a drastic impact on a company’s bottom line, especially in cases where your clients have been quoted a timeline and cost estimate for job completion. No manager wants to be left in the lurch by poor timekeeping.

Mitrefinch workforce time and attendance can allow operations and supervisors to have up-to-date information on matters related to jobs and times with the system’s unique labour cost control functionality. The benefits include:

• A real-time view of work in progress

• Accurate calculation of production costs for client quotations and billing

• Compare planned against actual tasks and budgets achieved

• Plan daily and weekly tasks, multiple cost centres and staff deployment according to budget

• Track projects and sub-projects by hours, quantity or cost

• Easy set-up of multiple projects and tasks

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