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

Even before all that's been happening in the world, many companies have wondered whether they should introduce employee monitoring. Employee monitoring is a hot topic among both companies working from offices and companies working remotely. 


While most people think all managers are for and all workers are against employee monitoring, we believe that that is not true. In fact, we believe that if the benefits of employee monitoring are explained to the workers correctly, that most will not be against employee monitoring.


That’s why in this article, we’ll be talking about why and how should you, as a business owner, introduce an online employee tracking system in the company so that both employees and the management can enjoy it.

Before Anything Else, Consider the Privacy of Your Employees


Modern technology has helped employers track their employees in many ways - from cameras to GPS trackers, businesses today can easily monitor the behavior of their employees. It can be hard for employee monitoring to be cost effective, respective of employees' cultures and privacy, as well as their perceptions.


One can argue that the time spent in office is technically the company's time, so the management should be able to monitor how the workers spend it. However, this can be a poor argument if you look at it objectively, as workers are still people, not robots (well, for now at least). It's unreasonable to expect people to be working without distractions and breaks 100% of the time. Monitoring what an employee does on their break, arguably their private time, should not happen. 


Would you be okay if someone invaded your privacy? You probably would not. Your employees will probably say the same which is why you should do employee monitoring properly and respect your employees’ privacy.


Benefits of an Online Employee Tracking System


Proper Evaluation of Employees Performance


An online employee tracking system helps you and your management to properly evaluate the performance of your employees. By knowing how your employees are performing, you are able to potentially reward the top ones. 


In addition to knowing which of your employees you should reward, a computer monitoring software can help you better plan and optimize any future projects by showing you the capability of any employees. 


For instance, if two of your junior developers worked 16 hours on a project that took 10 hours for one senior developer to complete, you might consider assigning a similar project to the senior developer sometime in the future.


It’s Easier to Give and Receive Feedback


Employee monitoring helps managers to better deliver employee feedback much more easily. Many employees, especially those working remotely, say that they lack regular feedback from their management. By tracking employees, managers are able to provide activities-specific feedback instead of general feedback that most workers are accustomed to. This also lets the management provide additional training to those team members that are struggling with certain types of tasks.


Better Resources Allocation


Sometimes, it can be hard to judge how much effort, time, and other resources will be needed to complete a project. With a proper online employee tracking system in place, project managers can see how much time a certain employee spent on each task in the project. 


This data gives project managers a better sense of the client's needs so that they are able to better allocate workers and other resources for that and similar future projects.


Effective Project Timelines


Usually, project managers will outline a timeline for a project before assigning out tasks to employees. However, with an online employee tracking system in place, managers can see how employees are spending their time while working on a project and whether or not this aligns with the timeline they've proposed. 


These insights can help managers determine if they should add more people to a project or even change the projects' timeline completely.


Final Takeaways


Online employee tracking systems and employee monitoring in general have been a debatable topic in businesses for years. Even though most people think that managers are for and employees are against employee monitoring, we believe that the truth is somewhere in the middle and that the benefits of employee monitoring outrun any potential cons. 


We believe that if employee monitoring is used properly, it can be very beneficial for both the company and the employees. If the privacy of employees is handled properly, employee monitoring helps with proper evaluation of their performance, better feedback system, better resources allocation, and more effective project timeliness.

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