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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
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OVERVIEW
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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
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Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

It only took the coronavirus a couple of months to change the business world as we once knew it. And there has been a lot of talk about how the new normal will look like. 


But how do we expect the future of work to be affected? How will the future of work look? Will we see a revolution in the way we work, or is this more of an evolution of new processes that were already started to take shape?


We have taken an in-depth look at what we can learn from the past, what changes we have already seen, and how we expect these changes to shape the future of work.


Remote Work Could Become the Standard


According to a few studies, over half of the workforce is now working from home. While this may be interesting, what is more surprising is that they have improved their communication and are more productive. 


Tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Square, and Shopify are encouraging their employees to work from home. Some of them, like Shopify, are going all in on remote work, with no plans to bring their people back to the offices in the future.


Because of the improved productivity of the workforce that is working from home, we should expect that remote work arrangements become the new norm rather than a trend. Remote work will likely be regarded as more critical in the post-coronavirus world. Expect to see further development and new investments into platforms and technology for working from home.


However, this does not mean that all of us will be working from home permanently. For many jobs, working from home is not possible. Also, it is likely that even those who can entirely do their job without the office will likely visit the office for in-person meetings.


The New Normal Will Be Technology Dependent


Working from home has forced companies to rely more on software to help them with communication, collaboration, and other areas of business. Technology has made working from home easier for people, which is why many companies will likely keep some of these tools in their arsenal even when everything gets back to normal.  


However, some software will not be easily transferable back to the office. Many companies started using employee monitoring software when they started working remotely. Since now everyone is back at the office, they think that they do not need a remote desktop monitoring software anymore. However, the need for remote desktop monitoring software is still there, maybe even more than before. 


Such software can be used as much more than a remote desktop monitoring software. With it, you can measure and improve the productivity of your staff, your employees' time and attendance, as well as create more efficient workflows. So you can see how a tool like this can still be useful, even with everyone working from the same office.


How We Do Meetings Will Change


Because of the COVID-19 virus, virtual meetings have become much more common. What was once reserved only for distributed teams has now become a reality for most organizations. We can expect that the trend of virtual meetings becomes more popular, just like remote work. 


In the last few months, we have seen the likes of Zoom, and other video meeting platforms pick up steam. However, do not expect that virtual meetings will just replace your daily standups. Many of your meetings will likely be replaced in favor of instant messages and emails since remote work has proven that things can still be done without 2-hour meetings.


Agile and Innovative Companies Will Succeed


If the coronavirus has proven one thing, it is that if companies want to be successful, they need to respond quickly and be prepared to adapt to any situation. Remote-first and remote-only companies have the biggest chance to come out of this pandemic unscattered. 


However, that does not mean that all other companies are doomed. The companies that also have the biggest chance to succeed are the ones who were able to adapt to the new situation quickly. For example, many companies are now making masks and there are gyms that are currently doing virtual training sessions with their clients.


Final Thoughts


The way we work will never be the same. However, just because everything is changing, it does not mean that it should scare us. Change is healthy and positive. 


Instead of fearing what will change and whether or not you will fail, you should instead make sure you are always prepared for any changes that might happen.


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