You probably still haven’t decided whether PC monitoring software is a good solution for your company. And that’s fine, you probably didn’t finish your research yet and you’re looking for that one piece of information that can help you make a final choice.
Well, you’re in luck, because today we’re presenting common business challenges employee monitoring software can solve in any company. Let’s check them out!
Distractions are everywhere… They start with your employees’ smartphones, go over to work computers, and end up next to the new coffee maker you bought last week. Maybe a colleague said something funny, now the laugh is spiralling out of control.
Don’t take this the wrong way, here at Insightful we’re all up for having a bit of fun in the office! Co-workers should get their coffees together, and have a few laughs - why not? But sometimes those situations can go out of everyone’s hands, and suddenly you have an office with 10 or more people and no one’s doing any work.
Once you’ve installed an employee tracking tool, you’ll see that workers will pay less attention to distractions. Their focus will improve, productivity will skyrocket and you’ll quickly see how projects are wrapping up more efficiently.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll create an office full of robots programmed only to perform their daily tasks and leave. Your employees will still get to joke around, and talk to each other, it just won’t affect their work as much as it did before.
In any case, employee monitoring and productivity go hand in hand, whether you like it or not.
Punctuality (or the lack of)
If your office has flexible working hours, feel free to skip this point and move to the next one. On the other hand, if your company works in a fixed 9 to 5 environment, you’ll want to read this.
As a manager, you want your employees to come to the office on time so they can start working on their tasks as soon as possible. However, every company has a few of those people who just can’t seem to get anywhere on time. It’s not a big deal if those employees don’t have direct contact with your clients, or if they’re late once a month. But if it happens often it can become a costly problem for your organization.
With a PC monitoring program that has a time and attendance feature, you’ll get an overview of when your employees are coming to work, as well as how many hours they’ve worked every day. It also tracks breaks and private time, so those workers who kept taking longer break periods will become more mindful.
Almost every manager had a situation in which their supervision started to look more like micromanaging than actual supervision. This is an uncomfortable situation, both for employees and managers.
Managers start losing track of their projects and tasks, because they keep checking up on every little thing their team members do. On the other hand, the workers feel like they're being observed around the clock, they lose the sense of independence and autonomy at work. Such work conditions are unhealthy for everyone involved - including the company itself.
These practices can cause large employee turnover, because each one of your workers will feel stressed, tired, and exhausted. Until they eventually find a better job and leave.
With computer monitoring software for business, your managers will have an overview into employee activity logs. Business activity monitoring software usually tracks website and app usage, and some tools can even track projects and tasks automatically! In just a few clicks, a manager can reach an analytics dashboard and know what everyone’s been up to without having to look over their shoulders.
No matter how hard you try, it’s hard to avoid bias during performance appraisals. Employee reviews are usually done through a form, and based on manager’s opinion, or on the fact that they remember this employee did something good or bad in the past period.
It’s hard to remember what each of your employees has done in the past year, and more importantly HOW they did it. Biased reviews can cause many problems. Bad performers could be deemed good, and have no idea they should improve their behaviour. On the other hand, top performers might not be rewarded for their achievements because the reviewer was just so busy completing reviews for everyone last night.
This is where worker monitoring software comes in more than handy. Based on app and website categorizations, managers can see who’s had more productive time in the past period, who’s completed more projects, etc. Although, through a software like this you can’t see if the project was done successfully or not, it can spark memories, and you can go back to other files you might have to check what happened.