Once again it’s summer. It’s that time of the year when everyone keeps dreaming about distant destinations, beaches, and our well-deserved vacations. This includes managers and CEOs as well! 

Usually, they are the ones who really need those few days off to get away from all the buzz and stress. This isn’t a problem in large companies, there’s always someone to handle their tasks in the meantime. However, in smaller organizations and startups, it can be difficult to go on a vacation and shut down completely for a week.

For some bosses, not being around the office and not having knowledge of what's happening there can be even more stressful than working itself. 


What Happens When You’re Not Around?

Well, when you go on a vacation, or a conference, or anywhere out of the office for more than one day, there are three possible scenarios:

  1. Understand that this is the only time of the year you have to relax and let it go. This will either lead to a couple of dreadlocks and errors, but everything will turn out good; or there will be some kind of a huge disaster which will take up a lot of energy to fix. This second option is the worst case scenario, and it’s actually quite rare.
  2. You’ll constantly exchange emails, calls, chats, and so on with your team leaders, managers and team members. This option won’t get you anywhere - there’s no way you’re going to get some rest if you keep waiting for the work notification to pop up on your mobile phone.
  3. You implement a time tracking software before going on vacation, making it your eyes and ears while you’re away.


Now, none of these mean that your employees are unwilling or unable to perform while you’re gone - on the contrary, they might turn out to be even more productive without you overseeing their every step. For them, this could be a temporary stress relief (even if you’re not a manager from hell). Still, you must find a way to stay involved and have an insight into what's happening while you’re gone.


How Time Tracking Software Helps?

Once you install an automatic time tracking software in your organization, the software will track how much time each employee has spent on a particular activity, and it will give you accurate data.


Sidenote: if you’re interested in tracking your remote workers, there’s a remote employee tracking software which can help you out.


Even if you’re far from your employees, you can log into the tracking software of your choice, and check if the tasks and projects are still on schedule. You can see this in real time, or you can wait for the end of the day, or week, and see the full report then.


If you keep tracking your employees while you’re in the office, and while you’re away, you can easily see how their behaviour changes when you’re not around. This can help you implement some changes, and once you see they’re doing perfectly fine without you, you won’t be SO stressed about taking a vacation.

Whenever you’re away from the office, for whatever reason, you can just log in and check what your team is doing. Ultimately, this should lead to a more relaxed and trustful atmosphere in your organization.


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