For many, the word “Ricola” conjures the image of a Swiss alphorn player and his colleague calling out “Riiiicccoooollaaaa” amongst a backdrop of stunning Swiss mountain range. Today over 500 people work for the Swiss herb company, providing consumers the world over with their ever-popular products – indeed, the original herb sweet recipe remains unaltered since 1940.
Like all forward-thinking organisations, the office team at Ricola were keen to capture where their time is spent in order to objectively identify perceived time-wasting activities and to have the data they need to make positive changes. The team also needed to provide a simple management-friendly report to provide transparency over time spent on various innovation projects.
It was at this point that they learned of Timeular and embarked upon a 3-month data-collecting and learning period.
Timeular is the easiest way to track time. The 8-sided physical Timeular Tracker makes time tracking simple to collect, minute-precise and with fewer forgotten or lost entries – all without a manual spreadsheet in sight. The Tracker automatically populates a timesheet in the Timeular app and the underlying data turned into meaningful insight.
Using the full suite of Timeular products (Tracker, desktop and mobile apps) so as to ensure everyone can track, analyze and improve according to their platform preference, the team at Ricola have already started to see potential for where time can be optimized – meetings, for example.
Team members are also seeing the personal benefit of Timeular, with feedback that the Tracker is helping make individual task and project time more focused, and people are finding themselves switching tasks less often (even if some were skeptical to start with).
“This is a great tool, which, thanks to its intuitive use, makes it easy for the entire team to use data.”