Workpuls Teramind ActivTrak Hubstaff DeskTime Time Doctor RescueTime Kickidler Veriato Work Examiner
OVERVIEW
Price $6/user/month $6/user/month $7.20/user/month $7/user/month $7/user/month $9.99/user/month $6/user/month $9.99/user/month $150/licence/year $60/licence (lifetime)
Free trial 7 days 7 days No 14 days 14 days 14 days 30 days 7 days Yes 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Very easy Easy Easy Very easy Very easy Very easy Very difficult Easy
TRACKING METHODS
Unlimited (tracker working 24/7)
Fixed (defined working hours)
Automatic (when computer is connected to a specified network)
Manual (start/stop)
Project based (track time only on projects)
GENERAL MONITORING FEATURES
Stealth mode
App and website usage
Real-time monitoring
Offline time tracking
Attendance
Activity levels
Keylogger
Geolocation
Remote desktop control
Website/activity blocking
SCREENSHOTS AND RECORDING
Screenshots
Screenshots on demand
Screen recording
PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES
Productivity trends
Websites and apps labeling
Category labeling
Productivity alerts
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES
User behavior analytics
Data loss prevention
Advanced file and web monitoring
REPORTING
Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
Mobile app iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android Android
Browser extension Chrome Chrome Chrome
Other Citrix, VMware Chrome OS
OTHER
Support Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Email, online Phone, email, online, in-person Online Phone, email, online Email, online, Viber, Whatsapp Phone, email, online, support ticket Phone, email, online
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations comming soon
API
Deployment cloud, on-premise cloud, on-premise, AWS, Azure cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud on-premise cloud, on-premise on-premise
Kronos Humanity Timeclockplus Tsheets Wheniwork Deputy Replicon Jibble EbilityTimeTracker OnTheClock BeeBole
OVERVIEW
Price(per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user+$16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan:$30 for 5 users+$5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user+$8From $2.20 per user$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
Mobile app
Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
MANAGEMENT
Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
PLATFORMS
Web
Android app
iOS app
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
OTHER
SupportPhone and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,chat and onlinePhone and chatEmail and onlineChat and phonePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
Start/stop buttons
Automatic time mapping
IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
Screenshots
App and website usage
Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
TASK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project adding
Project templates
Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
Budget alerts coming soon
REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app coming soon
iOS app Beta
Android app
Browser extension Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
OTHER
Support Phone and online Email and online Email and online Online Online, email and phone Email, online and support ticket Email and chat Email and chat Email Chat
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

When there are so many things that can go wrong in business - not even accounting for times of economic uncertainty or pandemics - it makes sense to focus on long-term sustainability and stability.

To grow a stable foundation centered around sustainable productivity, it’s important to put the right systems into place to support your workforce.

Remote employee monitoring software or time and attendance tracking software can help you create a robust work culture that stands the test of time, and in this guide, we’ll show you how.

Build a Sustainable Work Culture 

If you want to build a business centered around sustainable productivity, you have to start with the work culture.


To attract top talent and retain your existing employees, you need to make every effort to prove that you value their wellbeing above anything else. That’s the cornerstone of a successful sustainable work culture.

Sustainable productivity, after all, is the pursuit of results but not at the expense of the employees themselves. By accommodating the employees in your organization and taking a critical approach to how you distribute, manage, and review work, you can build a work culture that top talent wants to be a part of.

One of the best ways to lay the foundations for a sustainable work culture is to implement monitoring software for remote employees. There’s a way to go about it too if you want to create complete buy-in from your workforce.

To dispel employee concerns about privacy, you have to be upfront about your plans and transparent. Let employees know why you’re introducing the software, and how it can help both you and them achieve more.

A sustainable work culture is built on trust, so full transparency is an excellent way to get off on the right foot with your employees.

Communicate the Benefits

When monitoring computers and activity, transparency is the first step, and communication is the next.

Announcing that you’ll introduce monitoring software for work from home is a great step in the right direction, but unless you clearly communicate the benefits of using it, you’ll likely run into skepticism.

So what are the benefits of tracking work from home productivity with software?

  • Productivity insights - One of the primary benefits of user activity tracking software is that you can glean valuable insights into productivity performance measures. By automatically collecting time data, performance appraisals, and workload distribution becomes much more straightforward.

  • Performance trends - With a real-time dashboard and productivity reports, you can start to notice long-term trends. For example, you can use the software to spot signs of employee burnout or identify what times of day certain teams and employees appear to be at their most productive.

  • Professional development opportunities - When you step back and start keeping track of employees working from home, you can more easily identify who may need training or upskilling, and who should be in line for a promotion according to individual performance.

When communicating the benefits, be sure to emphasize the fact that the software isn’t to enable further employee micromanagement, but to answer the question of how to monitor employees working from home. It can lead to broad insights that can help everyone achieve more.

Rather than distilling it down to a way of simply tracking productivity, explain how the software can help you distribute workloads more evenly, understand when some employees are struggling, and identify opportunities to capitalize on highly-productive times of day.

You can even use the software to transition to a flexible work environment. Provided you trust your employees to deliver results, you can manage their performance remotely and ensure productivity levels remain high.

It can also be a good idea to sit down with your managers and invite questions from them and their individual team members. Make sure that everyone understands exactly how you’ll use the software, and you can create trust from the outset.

Share Data to Boost Accountability

When you decide to lean in on transparency, you give yourself an excellent opportunity to grow your business.

How?

By empowering employees to act with greater accountability, and take initiative to improve their own performance.

When you communicate the benefits of employee monitoring software, you can let your employees know that they’ll also have access to the performance data you collect. When you openly share the data, employees can take their performance into their own hands and evaluate their own output.

Even just the knowledge of how much time they’re spending on tasks of varying levels of importance can help employees better prioritize and maximize their potential. This, combined with the incentive of performance-related bonuses or career development, can create a powerful cocktail for an energized, engaged, and motivated workforce.

If you want to create a sustainable work environment, you need an engaged workforce, and one that continues to be over time. With this level of data transparency, you can help employees reach their potential and nobody will be left wondering why they aren’t advancing up the career ladder.

You can also disclose to your employees that any issue you, or they, have regarding their performance can result in an open discussion with their manager. That way, they can feel as if they have the support they need when they’re struggling, and they’re able to directly communicate what they need help with.

After all, data provides a clear picture of performance, but it doesn’t factor in the human element.

It could be that a lull in performance could be down to the fact that the employee felt ill but showed up to work regardless. Or it could be that they were working remotely from a coffee shop and the Wi-Fi was temperamental.

By identifying and discussing performance trends, you can understand the human behind the employee and work with them to resolve their issues. That’s what it means to maintain a sustainable work environment: compassion and support combined with robust performance tracking. 

Data-Driven Strategy

Finally, you can use the data you gather through employee monitoring software to inform your business strategy moving forwards.

Data drives results, so if you can create a reliable system for collecting and evaluating your workforce data, you can set yourself up well for future challenges. Not only can employee monitoring help you understand your employees better, but it can give you a framework for making decisions.

For example:

  • Deciding project timelines - When you have data about workforce and team productivity, it’s much easier to make estimates regarding project timeframes, so you can give clients an accurate timeframe.

  • Agreeing on client budgets - With access to a wealth of time data, you can bill clients based on accurate hourly rates.
  • Choosing software to use -  App usage tracking gives you insight into which apps are most and least used, and whether you could get a better ROI with other software tools.
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How to Build a Sustainable Business with Employee Monitoring Software

Written by
Kendra Gaffin
Published on
May 11, 2023

When there are so many things that can go wrong in business - not even accounting for times of economic uncertainty or pandemics - it makes sense to focus on long-term sustainability and stability.

To grow a stable foundation centered around sustainable productivity, it’s important to put the right systems into place to support your workforce.

Remote employee monitoring software or time and attendance tracking software can help you create a robust work culture that stands the test of time, and in this guide, we’ll show you how.

Build a Sustainable Work Culture 

If you want to build a business centered around sustainable productivity, you have to start with the work culture.


To attract top talent and retain your existing employees, you need to make every effort to prove that you value their wellbeing above anything else. That’s the cornerstone of a successful sustainable work culture.

Sustainable productivity, after all, is the pursuit of results but not at the expense of the employees themselves. By accommodating the employees in your organization and taking a critical approach to how you distribute, manage, and review work, you can build a work culture that top talent wants to be a part of.

One of the best ways to lay the foundations for a sustainable work culture is to implement monitoring software for remote employees. There’s a way to go about it too if you want to create complete buy-in from your workforce.

To dispel employee concerns about privacy, you have to be upfront about your plans and transparent. Let employees know why you’re introducing the software, and how it can help both you and them achieve more.

A sustainable work culture is built on trust, so full transparency is an excellent way to get off on the right foot with your employees.

Communicate the Benefits

When monitoring computers and activity, transparency is the first step, and communication is the next.

Announcing that you’ll introduce monitoring software for work from home is a great step in the right direction, but unless you clearly communicate the benefits of using it, you’ll likely run into skepticism.

So what are the benefits of tracking work from home productivity with software?

  • Productivity insights - One of the primary benefits of user activity tracking software is that you can glean valuable insights into productivity performance measures. By automatically collecting time data, performance appraisals, and workload distribution becomes much more straightforward.

  • Performance trends - With a real-time dashboard and productivity reports, you can start to notice long-term trends. For example, you can use the software to spot signs of employee burnout or identify what times of day certain teams and employees appear to be at their most productive.

  • Professional development opportunities - When you step back and start keeping track of employees working from home, you can more easily identify who may need training or upskilling, and who should be in line for a promotion according to individual performance.

When communicating the benefits, be sure to emphasize the fact that the software isn’t to enable further employee micromanagement, but to answer the question of how to monitor employees working from home. It can lead to broad insights that can help everyone achieve more.

Rather than distilling it down to a way of simply tracking productivity, explain how the software can help you distribute workloads more evenly, understand when some employees are struggling, and identify opportunities to capitalize on highly-productive times of day.

You can even use the software to transition to a flexible work environment. Provided you trust your employees to deliver results, you can manage their performance remotely and ensure productivity levels remain high.

It can also be a good idea to sit down with your managers and invite questions from them and their individual team members. Make sure that everyone understands exactly how you’ll use the software, and you can create trust from the outset.

Share Data to Boost Accountability

When you decide to lean in on transparency, you give yourself an excellent opportunity to grow your business.

How?

By empowering employees to act with greater accountability, and take initiative to improve their own performance.

When you communicate the benefits of employee monitoring software, you can let your employees know that they’ll also have access to the performance data you collect. When you openly share the data, employees can take their performance into their own hands and evaluate their own output.

Even just the knowledge of how much time they’re spending on tasks of varying levels of importance can help employees better prioritize and maximize their potential. This, combined with the incentive of performance-related bonuses or career development, can create a powerful cocktail for an energized, engaged, and motivated workforce.

If you want to create a sustainable work environment, you need an engaged workforce, and one that continues to be over time. With this level of data transparency, you can help employees reach their potential and nobody will be left wondering why they aren’t advancing up the career ladder.

You can also disclose to your employees that any issue you, or they, have regarding their performance can result in an open discussion with their manager. That way, they can feel as if they have the support they need when they’re struggling, and they’re able to directly communicate what they need help with.

After all, data provides a clear picture of performance, but it doesn’t factor in the human element.

It could be that a lull in performance could be down to the fact that the employee felt ill but showed up to work regardless. Or it could be that they were working remotely from a coffee shop and the Wi-Fi was temperamental.

By identifying and discussing performance trends, you can understand the human behind the employee and work with them to resolve their issues. That’s what it means to maintain a sustainable work environment: compassion and support combined with robust performance tracking. 

Data-Driven Strategy

Finally, you can use the data you gather through employee monitoring software to inform your business strategy moving forwards.

Data drives results, so if you can create a reliable system for collecting and evaluating your workforce data, you can set yourself up well for future challenges. Not only can employee monitoring help you understand your employees better, but it can give you a framework for making decisions.

For example:

  • Deciding project timelines - When you have data about workforce and team productivity, it’s much easier to make estimates regarding project timeframes, so you can give clients an accurate timeframe.

  • Agreeing on client budgets - With access to a wealth of time data, you can bill clients based on accurate hourly rates.
  • Choosing software to use -  App usage tracking gives you insight into which apps are most and least used, and whether you could get a better ROI with other software tools.
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