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 BeeBole
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$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
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 onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
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

Remote work is not a new concept. Almost all people worked from their homes before the Industrial Revolution. Skilled people used to set up shops at their homes and sold the goods that they made right on their porches.


The Industrial Revolution brought the need for the creation of factories. Later, the need for larger offices, corporate headquarters, and cubicles also got bigger. The development of technology and the internet paved the way for remote work as we know it today.


But as remote work is slowly becoming the new norm, many people see only the positive sides of it. At the same time, they fail to realize that remote work can have a fair share of drawbacks on its own. 


In this post, we will be taking a look at some of the most significant drawbacks of remote work and what you can do to avoid them.


Networking Is Harder for Remote Workers


If you work from home, you might not be able to stay on top of everything that is happening in your industry. Remote work will likely take you out of this circle. Plus, since you are physically away from your peers, it might be a bit harder for you to stay involved with them and their professional lives.


If that is happening to you, you need to make an effort to stay connected with your peers and industry. As much as you can, talk to the other people from your line of work. Go to events and connect with people. Check out your local coworking spaces, they usually organize networking events, seminars and brief courses - it’s a great opportunity to meet with likeminded people from the industry. 


Remote Work Can Be Lonely


Whether an extrovert or an introvert, remote work can get lonely after a while. For most people that are just starting to work remotely, the lack of socialization may feel strange at first.


As much as being alone can do wonders for one's productivity, constant isolation can also affect it in a negative way. 


If you are feeling lonely, and are missing socializing with people, instead of working from your home, go to a coffee shop. Many local coffee shops around the world have turned into unofficial offices for remote workers.


If you are running a company with many remote workers and are afraid that your employees are feeling lonely and disconnected from the colleagues, you should organize company events for some or all of your employees to attend.


Self-Direction Is Necessary


Remote work requires a certain degree of self-discipline. For remote workers to be successful at what they do, most of the time, they need to be self-starters and proactive at what they do. Because they cannot just ask their manager for directions, remote workers need to be able to work most of the time independently. 


Being an independent worker does not equal working alone; it just means that even in a collaborative environment, each remote employee needs to be on top of what they are doing.


Remote Work Makes It Difficult to Switch-Off


Working in a traditional office makes it easier to differentiate between your work life and your home time, as most of the time, you are done with your work as soon as you leave the office. 


If you work and live in the same space, differentiating the two can be harder. 


Unwinding after a stressful day is not easy when you cannot just leave everything at the office. To separate your work from your home life, you need to give yourself proper time off. That means no emails, no checking your computer, nothing like that. 


In addition to shutting off from work, make sure you often leave your home after you are done with work. Just take a walk around your neighborhood. It will help your head relax and unwind.


Remote Work Is a Skill


Remote workers need to excel at communication. They also need to be resourceful with what they have. As a remote worker, you need to be disciplined and have a strong work ethic. If you are hiring remote workers, you need to be skilled in all of this. Your life will be much easier when you can trust your employees. 


However, just saying that your remote employees will do their tasks does not mean that they will. As a remote manager, you need to know how to monitor staff working from home correctly. Most remote companies rely on employee monitoring software like Workplus to help them with that. 


Knowing how to monitor staff working from home will help you determine whether or not your remote employees are as resourceful and self-disciplined as you need them to be.


Final Thoughts


Hopefully, this post has given you a more realistic view of what is actually like to work remotely. If you are considering making the switch to remote work, know that the only way to tell whether or not you will be successful in remote work is to try it.


Just like anything else worthy in life, being successful in remote work will take lots of effort, focus, and discipline.


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