Make Data-Driven Decisions with Customized Time Tracking

If you manage a group of people, then you’ve probably thought, ‘My employees seem incredibly busy all day long, but I’m honestly not sure what they are specifically working on,’ or ‘I’m not sure if my team has the capacity to take on yet another project.’ And really, how do you know? Most departments have weekly meetings where team members check in and provide feedback on what’s happening in the week and month ahead, and some even use project management software to organize all of the moving parts that go into successfully completing a job. But how do you as the overseeing manager really understand where your team is spending their time, and is there anything you can do to increase your team’s productivity and affect your company’s profits? Yes, there is.

While time clocks have largely been used for hourly employees clocking in and out as they appear for work, take breaks, and depart for the day, time and attendance software like stratustime is allowing management teams to really analyze the time spent by all levels of employees within any given time frame. This valuable information is providing executive-level decision makers with the proper data to make strategic workforce decisions.

As a manager of a large department, I previously had full-time salaried employees tell me that they couldn’t possibly add anything else to their workloads. I could see that these individuals were working well over 40 hours each week; they always appeared to be extremely busy and on task; and they frequently came into the office or worked from home on the weekends just to keep up with their duties. It would be easy to explain to my superior that our team was at our maximum capacity and the work would have to either be outsourced, turned down, or that we would need to hire additional employees. Here’s where a system like stratustime can take perceptions and flesh them out with data-driven facts. With up to 15 different labor levels to customize in stratustime, you can track time by anything from department and location to a specific client or job-related activity.

Let’s say you have a law firm that employs paralegals at an average annual salary of $48,00, or about $25 per hour. You might have your paralegals engaging in such as activities as carrying out legal research, drafting legal documents, interviewing witnesses, or other administrative-type duties such as answering phone calls or filing paperwork. What if you were able to track that one of your paralegals was spending 15 hours a week alone on administrative duties — duties another employee, say your receptionist, could easily be doing at a much lower hourly pay rate. Where could your paralegal spend those additional 15 hours each week? Perhaps on additional research projects or document preparation for new clients, both of which are billable activities for your clients.

There are an infinite number of possibilities when your time and attendance software can be completely customized to meet the needs of your unique business.

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