Tracking Employee Time Leads to Increased Productivity Infographic Reveals

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checkInformation compiled by DeskTime’s specialized Infographic has revealed that the use of a time tracking system substantially increases employee productivity. After analyzing data from over 1 million work hours the study showed that employees use non-work related programs an average of 12 percent of the work day. Such programs typically include social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, and video-sharing websites like YouTube.

Desk Time determined that less than 60 percent of the average work day is spend using productive workplace applications. This equates to about 65 unproductive hours per month, on average.

The data also showed that, when using an active tracking system that allows employees to access their own time-tracking data, employee productivity increased 15 percent over a month.  Information that is available to employees includes type of application used and the amount of time spent performing productive and nonproductive tasks. Other information gained from the study involved more generic work habits. For example, the data revealed that most employees use a high number of desktop applications and websites at the same time indicating substantial link-jumping during an average work day. This detail may be considered good or bad depending on the type of employee.

In sum, the tracking analysis indicated that giving access to tracking data is beneficial to employees who can better identify their unproductive habits and work to improve self-management skills. Additionally, HR managers also benefit from such information as it gives a deeper insight into otherwise hidden work habits.

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