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

Working remotely is much more than a simple passing trend. It’s a concept that celebrates employee independence, self-organization and work-life balance. As such, it’s become more of a requirement with job seekers than just one of the benefits. And apparently, it’s here to stay.


These days, companies that don’t allow remote work even for a couple of days a week are slowly getting extinct. On the other hand, companies that employ only and exclusively remote workforce are growing in numbers. These are the kinds of businesses that we’re going to focus on in this article.

Managing a 100% remote team comes with its ups and downs, and it’s your job to make as many ‘ups’ happen and as few ‘downs’. Which isn’t easy at all since your team is dispersed, you can’t see anyone, most of the communication is asynchronous, and still, everyone should work together seamlessly.


When we put it like this, it becomes obvious that you need some sort of a tool to get a better overview of who does what and how efficiently. In other words, you need something to make sure that the time your remote workers claim to be working is really spent on productive activities instead of watching YouTube all day long. Enter: employees monitoring software.


This tool can do everything that we’ve just mentioned, but you might be tempted to believe that your employees aren’t going to like it. Well, as it turns out, app usage and employees monitoring software is often better received than managers expect. This is because it offers quite a few benefits to employees themselves, which we’re going to talk quite a bit about. However, its use should be conducted with a bit of caution, too.


But first, on to the good things!


Why Your Remote Teams Will Love Monitoring Software

Accountability


When an employee is working 100% remotely, one of their primary concerns could be whether they’re paid fairly for the work they do every day. For example, if they need to stay overtime, how can they make sure that that’s going to be recorded and paid for? They need some way to ensure that they always have accurate data on their activities so that you can be aware of how much effort they put in. Computer activity and employees monitoring software can provide just that.


You can either track their use of productive apps and websites and count that towards their contribution, or you could assign them tasks and project and let them turn the timer on and off depending on which task they’re working on. This is a classic example of a win-win situation - your remote employees will get a reliable way to record their working hours, and you’ll get proof that you’re paying for the actual work done.


Productivity


Another thing that a lot of remote workers appreciate is to be given an opportunity to improve and grow as professionals. A huge part of this development process is being more productive and efficient at their jobs. You can enable them to achieve this by giving them access to their employees monitoring software data.


This way, remote employees can see their performance metrics and figure out how they can improve their productivity. The analysis includes how much time they spend on productive tasks, what their most productive time of day is, how long they tend to waste on distractions, and much more. These things can tell them how they can improve their performance and productivity, and this is definitely a type of personal development strategy that they’re going to value.


Independence


We’ve mentioned in the introduction that independence and the ability to organize their own time and workload is one of the most important and most common reasons why remote work is gaining in popularity in the first place. Your only job is to try not to do anything that would prevent this system from working properly. Like, for example, micromanage.


Your employees monitoring software can provide you with everything you need in order to find out what each employee is working on at any given moment, so there’s really no need to bug members of your remote team with progress questions five times an hour. Let them focus and manage their time, and they’ll be grateful.


Transparency


One more thing to keep in mind if you want to be completely convinced that your remote teams aren’t going to have a problem with employee tracking software is the fact that they understand the need for business optimization and data protection, and they also appreciate honesty and transparency. Which means that as long as you explain to them why you think implementing and using this system is beneficial to them and to your company, they’ll understand and they’ll be on board.


Things to Be Careful About


As we’ve seen so far in this article, there are many benefits to using employee tracking and employees monitoring software for teams who work from home. But even though there are so many good uses, there are also a couple of don’ts that go along with them.


Here, we’ll only mention the most important one. There’s one fundamental thing that you always need to keep in mind when tracking remote workers. That’s the fact that the employees whose permanent situation is to work from home don’t have the option to leave their laptops in the office. They keep the machines that they use for work at home, so it will probably happen on occasion that they use those computers for personal activities, like checking social media, watching a Netflix show or doing some online shopping.


Having this in mind, monitoring their activities outside their working hours is very likely to lead to some form of privacy violation. So, it’s best to make sure that your remote workers can turn the monitoring system on and off according to when they’re doing work-related tasks. If this isn’t possible or convenient, you can find a program that allows you to set custom working hours during which the monitoring features will work.


Conclusion


Teams that are 100% remote work a little differently than in-office staff. But those differences can sometimes be a good thing, if you only know how to cater to them. Using computer tracking software can be perceived as a positive thing by your remote workforce provided that you use it in the right way. With that, the possibilities for improving your remote team’s productivity are virtually endless.


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