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How to convince your boss you need digital time tracking

Amy Bourne |

Digital time tracking can add much-needed organization and accuracy to your company’s regular day-to-day operations, but it can be difficult to convince leadership to make the switch.

Most bosses and company owners strive to incorporate routines that enable optimum efficiency and productivity for their business—and they’re sometimes reluctant to change. To avoid having your ideas put on the back burner, it’s important to help your boss see how a new technology can benefit the business as a whole.

While this is easier said than done, here are a few steps you can take to convince your boss of the value digital time tracking can provide.

Plant the Seeds Early

Since you’re advocating for it, you likely already know the pros and cons of digital time tracking, but your boss likely doesn’t. And it can be a lot to process.

Instead of unleashing everything you know about digital time tracking all at once, try easing into it in small doses. If you have regular one-on-one evaluations with your boss, that’s a great time to talk through aspects of your job that are challenging. That will get both you and your boss thinking together about what options are available to reduce these challenges.

If You Want It, Own it

Put it on yourself to do the research and become your company’s resident digital time tracking expert. It’s almost impossible to convince a boss of implementing changes in procedure if it ends up putting more work on them.

If you’re able to address any question your boss has about the logistics, purpose and benefits of digital time tracking, it will be much harder for him or her to shrug off your suggestion.

Explain the Advantages

In most cases, bosses genuinely want employees to be happy on the job. By clearly laying out the many advantages of digital time tracking and explaining how those advantages can help you (and others) do your job better, implementing this technology should be a no-brainer for your boss.

If there’s still some uncertainty, make sure you’re specific about what your current limitations are and what digital time tracking can do to help you reach beyond those restrictions.

Talk Budget

Let’s face it: most business decisions ultimately come back to money. Be prepared to talk to your boss about the investment cost—both in the software itself and in the process of implementing the new system across the company.

That’s why you need to be as quick to mention the upside: good time tracking software pays for itself, and then some. Through cutting payroll processing time to eliminating time theft, digital time tracking often actually saves the company significant amounts of money.

Still having trouble convincing your boss? Give us a call or let us know in the comments, and we’ll be glad to help!

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Amy Bourne is the marketing copywriter for ExakTime. She enjoys learning about the real challenges faced in the construction-related field, and providing content that helps business owners work smarter.

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