Costs are always a concern for a manager when it comes to the company’s bottom line. Considering that in average labor costs can reach up to 50-60% of operational costs, the way that employees spend their working hours becomes paramount. If you add to that the global COVID pandemic, with more and more employees switching to remote work and also with the economic crisis that is beginning to show it’s effects, managing HR duties and labor costs can become a nightmare.
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Getting back to work after a vacation can be hard. It requires readjusting to schedules, routines and workload. And this is even harder for people who work from home. Although remote workers may have a more flexible schedule, they still need to find the motivation to pick up where they left off.
As more and more people work remotely, managers also need to find ways to motivate their employees and keeping their team engaged and productive.
While safe from office related distractions, people who work from home are faced with other challenges like things that need to be done around the house or unexpected visitors or family members that require their attention. They also need time off work, to rest and recharge their batteries.
More and more teams are changing their activity to working remotely. This change is a good thing, as stated in a study by eJobs Romania: even under normal circumstances, 8 out of 10 Romanians would like to work from home. Even more, under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are willing to isolate themselves at home and not be exposed to any risk by commuting to work. It is estimated that by now, over 500.000 Romanians are working from home.
When you dilligently track time, it is much easier to know who is working on what project, when, for how long and whether they are being slowed down by any issues. Projects nowadays are complex matters, which oftentimes require interdepartmental assistance. When everyone knows how much time they can or should allocate for a task, it becomes much more facile to track duties.