Overcoming multi-tasking with mobile-friendly time tracking – new research

Read about research related to modern time tracking in a mobile connected world.

Is multi-tasking an epidemic in your organisation? According to recent research 97 per cent of team members are allocated to more than one project at a time and almost half (49 per cent) on four or more projects.

Managers are spread even more thinly than the 18 per cent of respondents juggling seven or more concurrent projects. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of managers are dealing with four or more projects and more than a quarter (26 percent) oversee seven or more.

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Research from Changepoint, a project and portfolio management provider, highlights the need for all workers to have simpler ways to manger their work with juggling of multiple projects. The survey of 800 IT professionals, project managers and executives found that four-fifths of employees are frustrated by having to use manual processes in the workplace.

An area of focus was around time tracking data where inaccurate data collected via outdated methods and technologies threatens to have a negative impact on business growth. The study found that some organisations are using old-fashioned methods for collecting time and task data, such as pen and paper (36 per cent) and Excel spreadsheets (28 per cent).

Contrast this with the report finding that 95 per cent of the 800 respondents use mobile for work-related tasks and 35 per cent bring up to three to four devices to work. “Technology frees employees to work anytime, anywhere, from any device” said Eric Bergman, vice president, product management at Changepoint.

“Applications like email and messaging have evolved to meet the needs of today’s hyper-connected, mobile workforce. Time tracking should be simple, easy, and offer the same flexibility.”

If time tracking is an essential part of an organisation, the study asserts it needs to be more intuitive to increase adoption and accuracy. 83 per cent of survey respondents reported that their organisation tracks time and 25 per cent of project managers believe tracking negatively impacts productivity.

“Employees want applications that work like they do–mobile and cross-platform” reports Changepoint. “Technology frees employees to work anytime, anywhere, from any device,” said Bergman.

You can read the full report here.

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