It is becoming common practice for most businesses to offer remote work policies. Gallup research showed an increase in telecommuting from 9% in 1995 to 37% in 2015 among American employees. Of course, to most of us work from home sounds appealing and we often overlook the challenge of staying focused on our work when you open up the possibility of at-home distractions. This is why time tracking is an essential tool when you work from home. When working remotely you must be able to stay focused. Remember you working from home and not staying home to accomplish household chores or errands. Timers can help you focus on how long you are spending on tasks and remind you of the task you are supposed to be completing and not the random things that might distract you from that task. Tracking your time will also give you a better understanding of what is actually required for each task and help you be able to use your time wisely. After you learn the time involved in your tasks you will be able to better plan how you can accomplish a project in the most efficient way. You may even realize that you can decrease your idle time and find that you can complete tasks even quicker than you did at the office. If you are able to work quicker, then you may be able to increase your productivity. Time tracking will also aid in your ability to remain accountable, and transparent with your employer when you are not able to be monitored as you would be in an office. There are many options available to track your time and help you manage your work efficiently so it is important that you choose the one that fits you and your companies needs best.
- 37% of workers now telecommute in comparison to 9% in 1995
- Transparency is key to trust issues in this relationship and the workers need to demonstrate their work habits.
- Taking track of this time will not only increase that transparency but make the worker more aware of pitfalls and lost time.
“According to 2015 Gallup research, 37% of workers in the United States telecommute, compared to just 9% in 1995.”