Camelia Zoica
Camelia Zoica

Inside Project Management: UAB “Northern Baltic”

Our series of conversations with Paymo customers is continuing today with UAB “Northern Baltic”, a company providing construction, design, contractual and labor hire services in compliance with the highest international standards in Norway. They were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules to thoroughly answer our questions, so we appreciate it.

UAB Northern Baltic

Tell us a little bit about UAB Northern Baltic. When was it founded?

UAB Northern Baltic was founded in 2006 in Lithuania. From 2012, our company has an engineering consultancy office where we help our clients solve different engineering questions. We are involved in many projects during the year, it is important for us to handle big amount of projects at a time. Our company’s main work is to provide work force labor and engineering consultancy services to our clients abroad.

How many people do you have working with you? Do you all work in the same office?

25 employees work in our Vilnius office. Also, we have 200 builders and carpenters who travel in different parts of Norway to assembly wooden frame houses for our clients. Only the engineering office uses Paymo on a daily basis currently ~15 engineers.

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Elizabeth Harrin
Elizabeth Harrin

The Guide to Employee Time Tracking

Employee Time Tracking

How much time do you really spend on Twitter a day? How often does it get to 11am and you realize that you haven’t managed to complete any of your project tasks for the day? It’s very easy to get side-tracked into a line of research, or a conversation with colleagues and then suddenly you are behind on your own work. Employee time tracking is serious business.

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos, writing in Forbes, says that 15 minutes a day is all it takes to stop wasting time. The greater the visibility of where your time is going, the more productive you can be.

Timesheets are a secret weapon for small and medium businesses. Armed with information about how you spend your day you can make better decisions about what to do that day and what your priorities should be. In turn that leads to you wasting less time because you are more conscious about where that time goes. The few minutes it takes to complete an online timesheet really does pay off.

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Camelia Zoica
Camelia Zoica

Inside Project Management: Cathexis Partners

We’ve talked with Mark Becker and Jon Reich, partners at Cathexis Partners, an industry leading provider of web design, development and support services, to find out more about their company and workflow, get insight into their project management process, see what challenges they face in managing their projects and any tips they might have to ease and improve the process.

Cathexis Partners

Q: Tell us a little bit about Cathexis Partners. When was it founded?

A: Founded in 2008, Cathexis Partners helps nonprofit organizations implement and use technology to raise funds and spread the word about their mission more effectively and more efficiently. Our services include:

  • CRM, CMS, and peer-to-peer fundraising software implementation and ongoing support
  • website development — including responsive design, integrations, implementation, CSS/template deployment, social media integration, and strategy
  • custom software training
  • database management
  • reporting
  • IT consulting
  • online fundraising campaign strategy and execution
  • project management

Q: How many people do you have working with you? Do you all work in the same office?

A: There are 3 partners / owners and we have over 30 consultants that we work with. All of us work remotely in our home offices across the United States with 1 consultant recently moving over to England.

Q: What workflow challenges do you face in your daily work routine?

A: We have over 200 active clients that we are working with, with over 250 projects. That is a lot for a team of less than 35 folks to keep track of and ensure we are always delighting our clients with our services.

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Camelia Zoica
Camelia Zoica

The Comprehensive Guide to Productivity at Work

Productivity

Productivity at work is not about just showing up. So many things play into it. From sleep to food to preparing your work clothes ahead of time, there are so many aspects that play a role in the way we handle work. Some of them have a bigger impact, others a smaller one, but all of them add up to form our work persona. I can’t cover all of them in this article, but I’d like to share with you the ones I find the most important for our success at the workplace, so here they are (in order of importance).

Browse by Category: Click any of the links below to jump to each category.

Sleeping
Diet
Exercising
Taking breaks
Prioritizing
Organizing
To-do lists
Avoiding multi-tasking
Reading
Tracking time

Make sure you’re sleeping well and going to bed early

According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and sleep problems that can greatly impact their health, alertness and safety. Sleep disorders left untreated have been associated with hypertension, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and other chronic diseases. In addition to the serious health problems they can cause, both the amount and quality of your sleep can significantly affect your productivity at work.

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Laurentiu Bancu
Laurentiu Bancu

What’s new in Paymo: expenses per project, employee overtime

In addition to the regular work that has been done on improving the overall look and feel of the app (speed improvements, bug fixes etc.), here are some of the requested features that have been implemented in the past weeks:

Employee overtime

When looking at a user profile you now get textual information about his/hers overtime as well as a visual representation of overtime.

Overtime
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Elizabeth Harrin
Elizabeth Harrin

Project Management in the Digital Age

In my work as a project manager I haven’t met anyone recently (read: last 5 years) who thinks that project management hasn’t been shaken up by the internet. Lots of jobs have suffered from – or benefited from, depending on your point of view – digital disruption. Gartner’s Nexus of Forces has become the way we do business today. Businesses from the single entrepreneur to the multinational have had to adapt to take advantage of social, mobile, cloud and data.
Or at least, the good ones have.

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Zach Watson
Zach Watson

4 People You Need on Your Project Team

It’s easy to focus on the methodology of project management. From scrum to lean to critical path, each approach orchestrates projects in a unique and fascinating way.

But focusing too heavily on the methodology for managing a team can lead to neglecting an equally important consideration: who should actually be on the project team?

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Laurentiu Bancu
Laurentiu Bancu

Working with tasks just got better

In the past few weeks our team has worked on improving the way you handle tasks. We’ve also taken into consideration your requests and here are the changes that have been made:

Global and single expand/collapse feature for task lists

Besides the fact that you can expand/collapse all task lists in one click, you can now do the same for each task list.

Collapse task lists
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Camelia Zoica
Camelia Zoica

How automatic Time Tracking can help with Project Management

We all know that putting in the effort to be more organized pays up in the end. But it’s a serious hassle. Especially when it comes to time tracking. As a project manager or business owner, you want your team to work without interruptions and distractions (especially if they multi-task a lot), and some employees find clocking in and out can be annoying. Sometimes they just want to stay focused on what they need to do and worry about all the time tracking technicalities at the end of the day. And they should be able to do that. With PaymoPlus, they can!

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Laurentiu Bancu
Laurentiu Bancu

What’s new in Paymo: new mobile app version, Zapier integration and more

Here’s a list with some of the most important things we’ve been working on over the past weeks:

  • Zapier integration allows you to connect Paymo with hundreds of other apps you use, like QuickBooks Online, Slack or Xero. Check this link for the full list and integration details.
  • new mobile app version for iOS and Android (bug fixes + new features)
  • week numbers in timesheet month view:

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