Time is, arguably, our most valuable asset. It’s easy to preoccupy ourselves with earnings, profit margins, scaling, and competition. But ultimately much of our success is tied to time – how much you have and the amount it takes to accomplish an objective.
Better time management can result in increased ROI and productivity across the board. To make this a reality, you have to delegate the right tasks to the right people and use effective tools to manage and track time – guaranteeing everyone is on the right track. To accomplish this feat, here are some of the best methods and tools you can leverage.
Reduce payroll errors with employee time clock apps
The days of your employees clocking into shifts with a machine and sheet of paper are (and should be) long gone. Not only is it an old-fashioned process, but it also isn’t as effective or beneficial as other time clock solutions on the market today. Automated timekeeping for small and large businesses is the new normal since it:
- reduces payroll errors and enforces your company’s pay rules
- streamline tasks to prevent employees from punching in too soon or out too late – to control unapproved overtime
Today’s workforce is mobile and connected. No one wants to wait in line to punch into work using an out-dated machine when a time clock app for your business could automate that function and do so much more (e.g., reward employees for shorter breaks, arriving to work early, and overtime).
Meanwhile, there’s no need to sort and manually record stacks of paperwork when a time clock app empowers you to record and view attendance and work hours in one platform.
If you’re ready to start using an employee time clock, ensure the software provides a mobile application, online access, a messaging system, and multi-language support. These features will help you scale your time management process as your company grows.
Manage projects with collaboration tools
Running a business requires substantial project management skills. The deliverables across employees and freelancers can be varied and comprehensive. For this reason, organization and collaboration apps make it easier to keep track of all of the moving pieces across any number of business projects.
Trello, a web-based list-making application, can help you keep track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details. If you’re working with a large team, back and forth emails won’t cut it, and you’ll appreciate how such a tool can improve productivity. No project is too small or too large.
Project management and collaboration tools like Asana, Wrike, and Workzone are also worth exploring.
Keep passwords safe in a virtual vault
No one loves dealing with passwords – making them, remembering them, or having to create a new one when they expire. When we find out about the latest significant hack attack or big-data snafu, we have to reset our passwords all over again.
Passwords are an essential and overlooked element in our digital lives. Keeping track of passwords for every account and app can be tedious. A better solution is to use a password generation and login automation tool.
There are multiple benefits associated with password protection tools, like 1Password, which includes the ability to manage and control what everyone sees and shares within an organization, reporting to review how employees use 1Password at work, and onboarding anywhere from 50 to 50,000 members within the platform.
Improved password management not only leads to improved security for your business but also a boost in employee productivity as well.
Leverage tech to save time and get more done
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to improve time management, productivity, collaboration, and data security within your business.
Every startup and small business can benefit from the use of automated and cloud-based tools to manage products, employees, and track real-time results.
Zac Johnson is an entrepreneur who blogs at ZacJohnson.com. Follow his journey as he documents more than 20 years of experience and success in the world of online marketing and branding. Connect with @zacjohnsonon Twitter.
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