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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
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Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
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Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
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Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
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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
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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
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Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
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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
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API
On-premise hosting

COVID-19 has led companies all over the world to let their employees work from home. Even though household tech names like Buffer, Basecamp or Zapier have been working remotely for years and 37% of Americans are working remotely part-time, not all companies were ready to embrace remote work.


However, working remotely isn't easy and can't happen out of the blue. It has to be a choice, it requires attention from the entire company and the processes of remote work constantly need to be approved.


In this article, we'll be taking a look at the best practices to help managers, companies, and remote workers thrive in a remote environment while working efficiently and always staying productive no matter what the conditions are.


Communication

Talk to Your Team

While messaging is a great way to communicate with your teammates, sometimes it's not enough to get ideas across. Instead of typing, talk to your team. Schedule a ten-minute video chat whenever messaging via Slack doesn't get your message across.


Communicate Deliberately

When working remotely, it's important you put communication on the forefront, as it plays a key role in everyone's work. Since you're miles away from your employees, it's hard to tap them on the shoulder when trying to tell them something. That's why you need to be clear in your communication to ensure your employees don't lose track of what's happening in your company.


Productivity

Use Employee Monitoring Software

Some business owners are not allowing remote work in their companies because they don’t know how to supervise remote employees. And while we know that supervising remote employees can seem hard, it's important your company has enough transparency to ensure that your employees can work together. If transparency isn't present, the productivity of employees can suffer. 


By having some sort of way to supervise remote employees, you ensure that your employees are doing the work you’re paying them to do while at the same time they are sure that their efforts are properly noted. Just be transparent about employee monitoring with your team and there’s no reason for them to be against it.

Insist on Accountability

While remote work usually includes some form of flexibility, your employees should be able to report on their progress in a timely and easy to understand manner. By keeping track of the progress of each of your projects and making sure everyone is accountable, you may see an increase in productivity levels across your entire company.

Always Plan Ahead


One of the most vital aspects of remote work is structure. While there is still overhead to your company even when working remotely, you still need to plan in advance to minimize clashes in schedules and overwork. Planning and structuring days effectively needs to happen so that all of your employees have enough time for communication and brainstorming, as well as highly-focused and productive working time.


Create Processes


To ensure everyone is performing at the same level while working remotely, you need to create processes that everyone can follow. This also helps that all of the work, whether it's coding, support, administrative work or anything else, is done to the same high standard.

Work/Life Balance


Set Office Hours


Most people working remotely do it from their home. This can blend the work-life and the home life as sometimes there isn't a visible distinction between the two. By setting office hours for yourself and your employees, everyone will easily divide their home from their work life. It also helps to tell everyone when their colleagues are available or not, no matter what your Slack status says.


Procrastination Isn’t so Bad Sometimes


All of us procrastinate. No matter if people are in the office or at home, no one can be productive and focused 100% of the time. And that's perfectly fine, as long as it doesn't end up taking the majority of one's time. However, you should still communicate with your employees about it to ensure that they try to minimize the lulls.


Start Working Right Away


When working remotely, some people end up slouching in front of their computer while scrolling through social media and drinking their coffee. Try to encourage your employees not to do that but instead tell them not to touch their computer until they're ready to start working. By jumping right into work instead of slouching, it can create a momentum that can push them to be more productive.

Further Reading on Remote Work


Remote work has been advocated by many authors over the years which is why we'll be including some of our favorite books and ebooks. We’re hoping that these titles successfully help you in moving to a remote work arrangement more easily.


The Ultimate Guide to Creating and Managing a Remote Team


Our ebook shows you how to expand your team's possibilities by teaching everything you need to know about creating and managing a remote workforce.


REMOTE: Office Not Required


A staple of remote work literature comes from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, co-founders of Basecamp. The book explains all the benefits and challenges of remote work while showing you why more companies should embrace the remote model.


The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work


Paged by Scott Berkun, it tells the tale of the future of work from the angle of an old-school management executive who starts leading a young team at Wordpress.


Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely


The book shows how remote work can be a win-win for everyone from managers that can save resources and money to the talent that is able to be more independent, satisfied and more productive.

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