Once almost everyone started working from home, managers and employees alike were struggling with maintaining, measuring and analyzing productivity at work. Given the circumstances, it really isn’t odd. 


This is where people started seeing office computer monitoring software as a way to help with many different things. From tracking time and attendance, to staying on top of the projects, while at the same time measuring productivity.


However, as people are going back into the offices, we’re seeing that many companies are looking to cancel their subscriptions for the office PC monitoring software and just go back to the old ways of work. Well, the monitoring systems aren’t only useful in the remote environment - they can offer a lot even in the office. So, let’s explore the reasons why you shouldn’t stop monitoring your employees because you’re back in the office.


Productivity Should Be Measured Regardless of Employees’ Location

It’s simple - the more productive your employees are, your business will do better. Therefore, measuring, analyzing and improving their productivity should be on your list regardless of their location. 


In the office, you can see if people are chatting or taking breaks more than usual, however, you can’t really see what they’re doing on their computers. With the best office monitoring software you can make sure that the productivity and efficiency of your workforce is at a high level all the time. Same as for remote teams, it will give you insight into how much time your employees spend browsing through different websites, using various apps, or in the meetings, on client calls, and so on.


Getting Accurate Clock-in Data

A lot of companies are using physical time clock devices, which are usually placed at the office/building entrance. Employees swipe their key card, or another tool, once they’re in, and again once their shift is over. But, it’s easy to clock in at 08:56, and start working at 09:30. This time difference is usually spent making coffee, talking to other employees, etc.


With office desktop monitoring software you get two tools for clock-ins. You get the time when your employees come to work once they swipe their keycards, and the time when they actually start working once they clock-in on their computers. This can help you minimize time theft, and potentially save thousands of dollars on it.


This feature is especially useful if you have hourly workers. Knowing exactly how many hours they’ve worked will help you pay them sufficiently, while making sure they’re also getting paid for overtime work.


Minimizing Office Distractions

Distractions are numerous at the office - someone’s having a call, there are people talking to each other - especially now when they haven’t seen each other in a while. We definitely agree that your team should be close, it can boost office morale and help people feel better about their jobs. However, distractions are the main cause of low productivity in the office, so you’ll need an office computer monitoring software to tackle them.



COVID-19 Restrictions are Still in Place


As the COVID-19 restrictions are changing, you might not be able to have all your employees in the office at the same time. Some of them might be even working a few hours from the office and then the rest of the workday from home. The office PC monitoring software will help you ensure everyone is still doing their part. 


Isn’t Workpuls a Remote Employee Monitoring Software?

Workpuls is both remote and office desktop monitoring software. Our features are suitable for teams of all shapes and sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re working remotely, from an office, or if you have a mixed setup - Workpuls is there with you. 


With the features that allow you to control what will be monitored, and how, you have the flexibility to have different tracking options for different teams, or individuals. Those that work from the office can have their time tracked automatically, while you can let your remote workers control the tracking agent so they can ensure you’re not tracking them while they’re finishing up any personal activities.


The important thing is - even with your team in the office you’ll still be getting all the benefits you were enjoying while your team was working from home.


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