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

How do you make sure your employees are actually working when they’re supposed to? Does your company have monitoring software implemented or do you rely on your employees’ honesty and integrity?

Especially if you run a distributed team, it’s difficult to always keep track of the staff’s working routine and productivity. 

The best solution is to just use specialized software to monitor remote workers - like Workpuls - and ensure you always get accurate data and insight into how your employees are behaving during working hours.

Remote work has certainly made employees more independent from their superiors, if nothing else, then because they simply aren’t in the same physical location. That means you are never quite sure if the staff is watching funny videos or actually working. 

While no one expects people to work for eight hours straight, it’s important to ensure that they are working on tasks that actually have high priority, and not just answer a few emails and go out for ice-cream and rollerblading for the rest of the day. 

On the other hand, regardless of whether you have access to employer software to monitor staff, you can’t be looking over their shoulder constantly - nor is that any way to manage employees if you want them to be productive. 

So, what should managers do to ensure productive work days from their employees? 

Here are a few things you can implement. 

Create Tasks With Expected End-Results and Deadlines

Whether it’s the manager or the employee the one who actually creates tasks in your chosen project management and time tracking software, each and every one of them needs to be thought-out beforehand. 

That means that every task has to have a well-defined expected result and a realistic due date. 

This will give all members of the team a clear picture of what needs to be done and in which time frame, so they can coordinate accordingly. You can’t have one employee creating bottlenecks where everyone else is waiting for them to finish so they can start with their part. 

Even if that wasn’t the case, and no one is dependent upon the resolution of a particular task, missing deadlines can signal a much deeper issue that needs to be resolved in order to increase team productivity. Team monitoring software can be particularly useful in this respect. 

For example, if your developer just can’t finish any task on time since they switched to a new coding platform, maybe that’s the wrong tool for them. It might be buggy or they might not have enough knowledge or practice to work in it effectively. That would mean you’d have to investigate which is it, and switch to another platform or organize training related to the new platform. 

Moreover, all members of the team have to be crystal clear on what result makes a task complete. Slapping a date on it in your time tracking project software and resolving a task within that frame is not enough if the function is not working or the cake doesn’t have icing on it. 

In any case, set measurable parameters for all tasks that will allow you to successfully monitor the progress. 

Monitor Team Activity Regularly

Some managers don’t really care how much time an employee needs to complete a task and consequentially, how many hours they are actually working. 

However, those bosses are rare as geniuses who can close 15.000 tasks a day and still clock in only four hours. 

With distractions coming at us from all sides - computers, smartphones, colleagues, that one neighbor who plays loud music - it’s imperative that you know what the staff is doing and how productive they are while working. 

Hence, having an employee time tracking app like Workpuls keeping an eye on things makes everyone’s lives easier. 

In order to develop good team dynamics, it’s crucial to be sure every team member can handle their assigned workload in a reasonable amount of time. 

A tool like Workpuls will give you actionable information that allows you to shift tasks from one team member to another or modify the processes should they prove ineffective for some reason. 

Track Employee Internet Usage

Another good way to monitor employee behavior is to keep an eye on what websites they are spending their working hours on. 

Screen capture is the new boss over your shoulder. 

But it may not be enough on its own. 

To really make sure the staff is being responsible in cyberspace, you can implement Workpuls - innovative employee internet usage monitoring software. 

Not only does it track your employees’ clock-in and clock-out times, keyboard and browsing activity, but it takes random screenshots while working and sends alerts about undesired behavior - long periods of inactivity or unproductive website and app usage (e.g. checking social media or inappropriate sites). 

Workpuls also allows a great deal of customization in terms of labeling productive, unproductive, and neutral behavior and websites. You can label websites and apps in Workpuls’ website monitor software for which you know are decidedly productive or unproductive as such in terms of the work your team does. 

For example, your developers have no business browsing social media during work hours, but for the marketing team that is inevitable for the tasks they are working on. So, you can make adjustments in how you view the productivity levels of your employees in that sense. 

And it’s one of the things that make it one of the best software to monitor computer activity. 

Keep Tabs on Remote Teams

Has the epidemic forced your entire company to go fully remote? Are you having trouble making sure it’s business as usual for your team? We understand your problem and have a solution for it. 

If your employees are working remotely, they’re out of your eyesight. That means you may not always know what they are working on and how they are progressing. 

You can fix that by implementing a remote desktop monitoring software, but for optimal results, the entire company culture must tilt in that direction as well. 

Yes, remote work comes with a little bit more freedom for the staff, but that doesn’t mean we can all just appear on video calls in our pajamas and ping coworkers at 3 AM. 

There are certain rules of engagement you should implement in order to bring the working atmosphere to as close as possible to when all the employees were working in the same office space. 

  • Establish core working hours - all members of the remote team must work at least part of the day in the same interval (for example, 10 AM - 2 PM)
  • Use a good project management tool with time tracking - have a clear overview of all tasks and duties so nothing falls through the cracks
  • Use only one communication platform - all teams must use the same communication tool so everyone is in the loop on issues relevant to their work
  • Organize video call meetings - simulate the meeting atmosphere from the office with weekly sync meetings, etc.

These are just some examples of how you can speed up certain processes and boost productivity on the company level by minimizing delays and maintaining a professional, office-like environment with a little bit of help from monitoring software. 

Introduce Reports

Every successfully run remote team has weekly meetings where they discuss the tasks done the week before and plans for the one that just started. 

It’s a simple, but effective way of keeping everyone accountable and in the know about the progress on team assignments, as well as getting direct feedback on a task, results, or future decisions, such as which website monitor software to choose. 

It’s an oldie but goodie that one. 

But if you want to make sure the staff is on track in between those, you can introduce daily reports, for example. A variation of the weekly meetings would be for every employee to write their own summary of tasks (done and to do), and it has proven effective, if not a bit unnecessarily time-consuming. 

To overcome that particular hurdle - and to get a better understanding of the productivity levels in your team - you can simply implement an employee reporting software that would allow you to see which projects and tasks they have been working on and how much time was spent on them.

Workpuls offers one such solution and, what is more, allows you to immediately see if all the deadlines were met and what kind of workload each team member deals with. 

Conclusion

You must keep a close eye on employees to ensure optimal productivity levels. Whether you all work in an office or are a remote team, tools like Workpuls can aid you in that quest. 

And while people do work more productively when they know they’re being watched, to initiate a sustainable change in the company culture, you should reveal that you want to implement monitoring software and include them in the choosing process. That way, they can better see it as an aiding tool and not a form of strict control.

This article was originally written on August 14th, 2019 by Aleksa Misic. It was updated on June 26th, 2020 by Aleksandra Djordjevic.

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