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The topic for today is “time tracking at work”.

Task 1
Read the text below to get the general idea:

For most employees timekeeping at work seems mundane or even a total waste of time. When forced to record the exact time spent on a single task, people either turn to less contemporary pen-and-paper methods or tap into more advanced solutions, like time-tracking software. For employers, however, efficient time management tools are crucial rates of job efficiency analysis. Managers need to keep track of their employees’ time to monitor their work efficiency and productivity. Most people do not realize the fact how much time is spent on professional versus personal tasks, so it is really important for those in charge to check time management of the staff on a regular basis. Otherwise the company might lose a lot of money.

There are, however, several ways which companies may use to track their employees’ time. They usually select sophisticated time-tracking software which allows to capture the lost revenue and boost productivity. Some modern applications, for instance, focus only on time duration of particular tasks. Other cutting-edge systems record clock-in, clock-out time of arrival/ departure to and from work. Still others monitor active and idle time of employees using a computer. All those systems share a common feature – they are very accurate. They are aimed to provide unified and precise information about every single employee in a company. Those solutions are often very swift and easy to work with, so they save supervisors a lot of time, money and energy.

Although time-tracking apps might be very useful and appreciated by bosses, they are not very much valued by employees who simply find them intimidating or slightly invigilating.

Task 2
Study the text carefully and gap fill the sentences below with suitable words:

1.  In short, ……………………… is doing the work overseas while ………………………… is doing the work for us.
2.  Services and jobs are now ……………..…… to less expensive locations to increase profits and reduce maintenance costs.
3.  There are some companies which specialize in …………..……. businesses from one place to another.
4.  Another way of saying that a company is in the process of employing local people is …………….………
5.  By definition, a ………………………. is a local part of a bigger company.
6.  Hostile takeovers take place when foreign corporations start to interfere with ……………..….. affairs.
7.  Annual audits in most companies are conducted by ………………….…. and fully independent groups of professionals.
8.  Companies with smaller capital might consider …………………….… as an interesting alternative for the future.
9.  Money spent regularly on rent, building maintenance, insurance and other operating costs is called ………………………..
10.  If you seek my approval, you need to ……………….….. your statement with solid facts and statistics.

Task 3
Study the text carefully and tick (√) only the sentences which include ideas from the text:

1. For most employees timekeeping is very boring. ……
2. Pen-and-paper methods are old-fashioned. ……
3. Time tracking helps managers to assess work efficiency. …..
4. People spend more time on personal than job-related tasks. …..
5. Thanks to time-tracking software companies do not lose money. …..
6. Productivity is a crucial issue for most companies. …..
7. Some apps monitor employees in distant locations. …..
8. In some systems employees enter the actual start for a task. …..
9. Time-tracking IT solutions are said to be very accurate. …..
10. Some employees might find time tracking inappropriate. …..

ANSWER KEY

Task 2                                                                     
1.; 3.; 5.; 6.; 9;, 10.

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