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
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
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasy
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 online
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

Employee monitoring is popular among businesses of all sizes. From startups to multinational corporations, many companies want to use the data to improve their business operations. With employee monitoring, companies can measure, optimize, and improve the productivity of their employees, while at the same time ensure that they are not slacking off. If done right, employee monitoring could be beneficial both to the employee and to the company.


While laws in most countries do not prohibit companies from monitoring employees and collecting data about them, it has to be relevant and appropriate. You should have a justified reason to monitor your employees. At the same time, your employees expect a certain level of privacy in the workplace which is why you should inform them about how and why you are planning on monitoring their activity.


If you want to ensure that remote work monitoring is implemented correctly and lawfully in your company, you need to create and carry out an employee monitoring policy. But how do you find the right balance between protecting your company and not intruding on the private lives of your employees?


Here are a few recommendations to help you create an employee monitoring policy for your company, no matter if your employees work from the office or remotely.


The Intention of the Policy


To create an effective employee monitoring policy, you first need to make sure your employees know what you are trying to accomplish with the employee monitoring policy. To ensure your employees clearly understand your goals, you should keep your policy as clear and as simple as possible.


Define the Eligibility for Employee Monitoring


Next, you should specify who of your employees the policy applies to and why it is essential that you use an employee PC monitoring software to keep track of your team’s work. Telling everyone that you plan on using an employee PC monitoring software will help clear out any potential confusion about the way you will monitor your employees.


Set Expectations


Employees may feel that the employee monitoring policy will negatively affect them and the way they work. You should detail your expectations for monitoring each of your employees. They need to know how productive do you expect them to be as well as what you are looking to achieve by tracing their activities.


Use of Equipment


The policy should also include specifics about how you expect your teams to use the employee PC monitoring software, VPNs, or any other related tools. If you are working with remote employees, you may need to state how your employees should use company property during and after work hours. If your remote employees are working on their equipment, you should also explain how they should carry out work-related duties on their equipment.


Outline Data Collection Standards


Make sure that you clearly explain how the employee PC monitoring software will collect the data, what data it will collect, and what is the purpose of the collected data. Also, make sure you state the measures you will take to protect the employee data such as who has access to the data and to what extent.


Productivity Assessment


Explain how t software will measure and evaluate the productivity and the performance of employees. Make sure you list exactly what metrics the employee computer monitoring software collects, including clocking in and out, attendance, breaks, time spent on tasks and projects, and the difference between active and idle time. Also, make sure that all your employees know how to use the software, how to track their time, and ensure that everyone records time properly.


Define Compliance


Finally, do not forget to state that employees are required to review all the documentation you have provided and they must sign an employee monitoring consent form. Before starting the process, you need to ensure that all your employees are compliant with all monitoring policies and handbooks.


Final Thoughts


Employee monitoring can have great benefits both for employees and the company. But for employee monitoring to be positively accepted by your employees, you need to ensure that all your employees clearly understand how you plan on monitoring their activity at work and what you are looking to achieve with it. A policy that defines that intention, eligibility, expectations, assessments, standards, security, compliance, as well as methods of monitoring is a great starting point.


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