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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
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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
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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

Knowledge workers are the problem-solvers of the world - they work diligently to refine current processes, create new ones, and extract value from data and information.

As such, they can be a huge asset to your team. But there’s a caveat: knowledge workers can’t enjoy the highest productivity levels if they’re fighting against counterproductive systems and relying on outdated tools.

In this guide we’ll address the most significant challenges knowledge workers face, and how you can help them reach greater productivity levels, unlocking their full potential.

Evaluate Current Work Arrangements 

As many companies ask their employees to return to the office, it raises an important question:

How will knowledge workers readjust to in-office working?

While it may be easy to assume that the transition will be smooth, the evidence suggests that it will be anything but. For example, Slack’s Remote Employee Experience Index shows that knowledge workers will have to deal with higher levels of stress and anxiety in the office. 

If there’s anything that hinders productivity more than stress and anxiety, we’re yet to discover it. Working remotely, knowledge workers have everything they need to do their job, and can also enjoy the freedom this flexible work model affords them.

Generally speaking, a healthy work-life balance leads to more productive knowledge workers.

That’s why one of the best ways to maximize your knowledge workers’ potential is to empower them with more autonomy and allow for flexible work arrangements.

How can you use an employee monitoring solution to evaluate in-office vs at-home productivity?

With desktop activity monitoring software Insightful, you can keep your finger on the pulse of your knowledge workers’ output, and compare productivity levels accurately. Automated time and attendance management will let you know if your remote team shows up on time, and at the end of each month you can sort employee tracking data using various filters to identify trends and establish benchmarks.

Identify and Eliminate Silos

Silos can work in certain circumstances, but they can also lead to organizational failure, as each team or department works to its own agenda. Organizational and individual productivity should have a close relationship, with each employee furthering the company’s progress towards its strategic goals.

So how can you break down these departmental walls while also empowering each knowledge worker to do their best work?

The solution is simple (in theory): open up access to knowledge by creating knowledge bases, wikis, or making it easy to learn from others.

Sharing knowledge can be broken down into learning from others and file sharing.

Here’s how to make it easier for knowledge workers to benefit from both forms of knowledge-sharing:

Learning from Others

One of the best ways to encourage internal knowledge sharing is through intelligence platforms. 

An intelligence platform is a central hub which brings employees together and facilitates effortless information exchange. Say one of your employees has a burning question, they can engage with the platform’s smart AI which will connect them to the employee with the answer.

Aside from intelligence platforms, you can also put on regular meetings of the mind. Encourage employees from various departments to engage in conversation and share their latest findings to increase the likelihood of the cross-pollination of ideas.

File Sharing

The harder your knowledge workers have to work to get hold of the information they need, the slower progress will be. That’s why you should implement file sharing systems that make it effortless for employees to find what they need in a matter of minutes.

Information sharing can take various forms:

  • Notes - To effectively distribute notes, an app like Evernote can help knowledge workers pull data from the internet and share their findings.
  • Files - For straightforward file sharing, you can look to apps like Dropbox which can act as secure file storage systems. You can also use apps such as Google Docs to encourage real-time coauthoring and collaboration.
  • Knowledge bases - Knowledge bases act as centralized hubs which can inform about various internal processes. Software solutions such as Notion let you create wikis and knowledge bases which you can then share with your team.

How can you use a screen monitoring solution to monitor collaboration and app usage?

With desktop tracking software tool Insightful, you can track each employees’ specific app usage. With this information from monitoring computers you can understand how frequently employees collaborate and whether or not each app subscription is worth the expense.

Create Ongoing Learning Opportunities

For knowledge workers to stay sharp and innovate, they need to consume high-quality content. 

As IBM programmer George Fuechsel once said, 

Garbage in, garbage out 

It’s not the most poetic expression, but it’s steeped in reality: the quality of content you consume is closely related to the quality of your work. This is especially true for knowledge workers who have to take insights others have reached and blend them with their existing knowledge to create effective shortcuts and innovate new systems.

To encourage your knowledge workers to innovate month after month, it’s wise to help them sharpen their cutting edge with ongoing learning opportunities. In addition to offering courses, seminars, and other forms of professional development, there’s another step to helping knowledge workers reach their potential. And that brings us to our final point…

Foster Meaningful Connections

To truly understand and act on new information, it’s important to encourage knowledge workers to share what they learn with others. By inviting your knowledge workers to touch base once a week and share their latest insights you can keep them on their toes and hungry to track down the latest trends.

 

How can you use a laptop monitoring solution to ensure knowledge workers are seeking new information?

With Insightful, at any moment you can pull up the ‘Logs’ tab and see what your knowledge workers are up to. You can see what computer they’re on, which app they’re using, and perhaps most importantly what websites they’re visiting.

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