Did you know that almost 40% of all college graduates that are employed do all or at least some of their work from home? According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s true. With the availability of email and suites such as Word and LibreOffice available on tablets, smartphones and laptops, the modern employee is always “plugged in.” They are always online and always reachable. They are doing their work from home, the car, the office, at lunch—and most businesses aren’t taking advantage of that.
The Chicken or the Egg-It Doesn’t Matter
So just how did we get away from the old 9 to 5 routine?
You know, the one your parents worked where they wouldn’t dream of doing any work after clocking out—they literally punched a clock and that was that! What happened was the Internet and globalization. Businesses all over the world run on different times and since business is now more global than ever, time zones have become a frail and penetrable boundary.
So, did technology follow the globalization or did it cause it? Who cares! The point is: it’s here and if you aren’t taking advantage of the modern worker, your business isn’t as competitive as it should be. To put this in understandable terms, take a look at your own daily schedule.
• You wake up and check your emails on your phone, maybe answer a few, maybe read through some social media articles pertaining to your industry
• After that, you go to work
Did you see what just happened there? You went to work, but you were already working before that. This is the way that business works today and it’s lead to a “when I get to it” type of world. Are you ready for that?
Making Business Mobility Mobile
If you’re not, it’s high past time you get ready. How? There’s a simple solution for the mobile workforce and it’s called the mobile device. Mobile devices can range from our iPhones and Androids to our tablets and laptops. Even Google Glass for those who can afford it! These devices are never far from our hands, in many cases coming to the bathroom or even bed with us. Can you imagine a 1950s businessman getting up from his desk and taking his briefcase, a pen, a paper and his secretary into the bathroom with him?
From your average mobile device (average meaning sans work apps), you can schedule appointments on your calendar, read through important memo and news, send and read email, work on documents, view videos, make conference calls, attend video chats—the list goes on and on. What this means is that your employees have a mobile productivity device right in the palms of their hands and to make matters interesting, they’re addicted to it—we all are.
Getting that latest app, upgrading to the latest iteration of the iPhone or tablet, we’re a world of tech junkies, mostly because it’s cool, partly because it’s a status symbol, but mainly because it helps alleviate some of the workload we face “on the job.” Imagine you actually had to read and respond to every email you got while you were in the office, clocked in. Then, you had to take meetings, get work done—you do realize you’d never get a second for a break or to eat if you kept up at demand, right?
Time Management and Tracking in this Mobile Madness
But what does this mean for our schedules? Are we doing more work than we’re getting paid for? Less? If we expect a fair shake, shouldn’t our employees? That’s been a big problem for some companies that do business in the modern world, but manage it from the 1990s.
When an employee is always connected and a business is always on, it’s easy to work from anywhere, but even easier to turn that into ineffective time usage. Luckily, time tracking and management systems and software are available, most of which work with all mobile devices. This lets you or your employees keep a log of all the time spent working.
This type of time tracking and monitoring not only helps at the individual level, but at the company level as well. In a culture that is on 24 hours a day, it can be hard to keep track of who is doing what and how many hours are actually spent on any given project. You might have two or three people doing exactly the same thing, doubling your costs while lowering your productivity. This also leads to confusion and headache, two things that you do not want associated with your workday.
Advantages of Time Tracking Software in Mobile Devices
Here is a quick list of reasons your business should be using time tracking and management apps and software for your employees:
• Ensures maximum productivity
• Eliminates under and overpaying
• Keeps employees on task and on time
• Ensures labor law compliance
• Keeps payroll accurate
• Keeps projects on time and within budget