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Archive August 15, 2021

Why is a Time Tracker Important in Project Management?

It is necessary to make your office efficient and productive in a business environment. You can do this by keeping track of the employees’ time usage.

To Create a Time Sheet System for Employees

Manager, Businessman, Work, Business ManIt is beneficial if you create a system where you can allot employee’s work hours into each project they are working on. If you have many projects going on at once, it will be hard to manage them all correctly without knowing how much time each person has spent on their job. To solve this problem, some employers use workforce tracking software that automatically records all of an employee’s time throughout the day or week and assigns it to different projects depending on what the employee is doing when they clock in or out. Another option would be to manually keep track of the time spent on each project. If you choose to go this route, there are several different options that you can choose from as well:

To Spot Potential Problems in Your Company

If employees aren’t working efficiently, it is important to be able to spot potential problems early on. If there is someone spending too much time at their desk surfing the internet or goofing off with friends instead of getting work done, it should be fairly easy to see when looking over a week’s worth of timesheets. On the other hand, if an employee’s hours seem to always fall below what they should be working, then maybe they just don’t like their job and need some more motivation. You will also be able to see if your time tracker is being abused. For example, if an employee claims to have worked eight hours but only put in five on their time card, then the account manager will be able to see when this happened so they can confront the employee and figure out what’s going on. As long as your manager isn’t a tyrant, you should be more productive with a system like this than without one.

To See Where Your Employees Need Training or Assistance

It’s also smart to use workforce tracking software that tracks how much time each employee spends on different kinds of tasks throughout the day or week. By doing this, you can determine where employees need training or assistance with certain tasks that might not otherwise be obvious by just looking over their job duties. For example, if an employee seems to have a hard time staying on task and consistently has breaks longer than other employees are permitted to take, and then it might be time for some training.

To Find Opportunities for Growth within Your Company

Office, Business, BusinessmenIf you find that your workforce tracking software is working well and providing enough information for you to make changes in how your company operates, then you can use the data that you’re getting from the time cards to find opportunities for growth within your organization by investing more time in certain areas. This could mean hiring new employees or even just putting more emphasis on certain projects.

To Motivate Employees into Working Harder

Motivation is not always easy when it comes to employees, especially when there are many distractions around the workplace. If you’re trying to get employees to work harder, then it’s important to use a system of tracking the time that they will be interested in. For example, if there is someone on your team who claims that they have been neglecting a certain project because they aren’t motivated by it and don’t think it’s worth their time, a well-designed system should make this kind of information more apparent so you can figure out how to fix the problem with them.

Top Fire Features for Your Deck

Many of us have deck features like these. Or are thinking about getting them. Or regret that we don’t have them! Whatever the case, I hope you will find some useful tips in this blog post.

Most decks at least need a simple decorative feature underneath the overhang to make it look finished. The trick is making it so it looks good with any style house and not fake or overwhelmed by too much detail.

For a larger upper level deck where the stairs meet the house, something like this grand stairway balustrade would look appropriate. It’s pricey for something that will be out in all weather, but if you don’t want to use an awning or umbrella and don’t want to see the exposed top of the deck posts, it is a great option:

Another common feature is steps leading from the ground up to where the deck starts. These are often just ‘open’ treads and risers without any wall behind them. In theory they could even be fake or covered up by your furniture so as not to show when not in use. But there still has to be some way for people using them to know where they are going! Just painting a line on the ground is boring – something more is needed.

Here the designer has made them look like they are not just floating there in space, but part of the deck. The back wall and railing/handrail behind them makes them feel supported and connects with the house and stairs below.

Another option is to bury some sort of post or column right at that spot – even if temporarily set – like these columns here (also from my Deck for Renters article):

What about hidden benches? These tend to be less popular than steps because as I mentioned earlier, when you need one, you really need it, and you want to be able to use it. But if yours stays hidden most of the time that can be a benefit for your deck design!

This one is an actual bench with a storage box built in underneath – very handy. You could probably find something similar at most home improvement stores or online.

For exposed beams near the top of the deck, it’s nice to make them look like part of the house rather than just sticking out like an after thought. One way to do that is to go with exposed beams right at the top of the wall too.

And lastly, what about railings? Again, you need something there that actually looks better than just having nothing.

The railing and posts on this deck are made out of almost exactly the same materials as the house! It’s hard to notice it here because it’s taller than 6″ and post-style balusters are used, but this design uses vertical cedar boards that are painted with a ‘stain’ and look like they were made to be there.

This one has some extra charm due to the open lattice-style railings, the hidden bench in front of them, and the top railing actually upside down against the roofline just above it.