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 a practice of using different means of surveillance to collect data about employee performance, location, computer use, etc.


If you’re concerned your employees are wasting too much time at work, or you suspect they’re sharing business secrets with outsiders, you should definitely think about getting an employee monitoring software or another form of employee surveillance that can help you out.

Employee monitoring and surveillance has been around for a long time. However, as technology and society developed, the monitoring practices changed. Once could even argue they became too severe.


While there are some very “Black Mirror” monitoring practices which would make Orwell’s 1984 seem like a child’s game, there are other, non-intrusive methods that can still help you ensure your workers are productive and efficient.


In this article, we’ll explore several means of employee tracking, what they include, as well as how severe they are.

Keycards

keycards

Most corporations have them nowadays. It’s impossible for an employee to move around the building without a keycard.


Each card contains a chip, and once the card is swiped at the door, the system recognizes if the employee in question has access to that part of the building. If they do, the door will open, otherwise the employee won’t be able to enter, or they could even trip some kind of an alarm system.


The software behind the keycard chips shows when each employee came to work, as well as in which part of the building they are at the moment. 


Keycards are good for tracking punctuality and attendance. Additionally, if there was a suspicious incident in the building, you can always go back to the logs and see who was in the vicinity.


However, if you opt-in for this type of employee monitoring, don’t forget that the fact an employee came to office at 8:45 AM doesn’t mean they started working at 9:00.


Video Surveillance

video surveillance

Video surveillance is another common type of monitoring. However, it is rather used for security reasons than for actually monitoring employee computer activity. Even some studies have shown that most employers are using video surveillance to prevent theft, violence or sabotage. A very small portion of companies uses video to track performance because in most industries it’s virtually impossible.


In some countries, video surveillance is even a requirement, and all employers must have it in order to follow health and safety procedures. Anyways, we believe that we can all agree that CCTV is very helpful and much needed in all workplaces.

Network Monitoring

network monitoring

Computer network monitoring is used to track the traffic that comes and goes from the company’s network. Organizations usually use a firewall or router that scans content and email addresses that are used on the network.


Essentially these programs are able to recognize malicious data, infected computers, and any network activity that is out of the ordinary. 


Depending on the software, you could even track who’s accessing which files. Additionally, you can see who edited or downloaded documents on the network.


Email Monitoring

monitoring employee emails

Work email isn’t private and it shouldn’t be used for private matters under any circumstances. Most companies use email hosting services, and usually they have admin access which allows you or your IT team to check up on the emails.


Another thing that is quite popular when it comes to monitoring employee emails is actually filtering the emails before they even reach the inbox of anyone in the company. This is a great way to cut down bandwidth and security risks, but employers should be aware that some emails could be seen as spam even if they aren’t. Therefore, the filtered messages should be checked from time to time, in case one of your client’s emails ended up in the spam by accident.


DLP Solutions

dlp solutions

Data loss prevention (DLP) solutions are mainly security related. They allow you to keep your data safe and protected. It’s not employee tracking in a true sense of the word. But given that it can still detect who accessed, edited or downloaded files, it could be looked at as an employee tracking program.


These tools are praised because they help detect and prevent data breaches. Yet, because of the nature of their work, they can be quite expensive and possibly intrusive on the employees.


Employee Monitoring Software

employee monitoring software

And last but not the least, our favourite way of monitoring - employee tracking software. There are so many different tracking tools nowadays, and various features these tools have.


It starts with basic time tracking options, while a bit more advanced tools have options of tracking app and website usage, productive and unproductive activities, and so on.


As the time goes by this type of monitoring software is becoming more popular, and for a good reason! It helps organizations boost productivity, manage their time and projects in an easier way, as well as improve on cost calculations.

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