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

People have been fascinated by time since forever. Even our ancestors in the Ancient ages used the Sun and the Moon to track times, dates, and seasons. The early hunter-gatherers made the earliest known calendars with sticks, stones, and bones. Tracking time was even life or death for some societies. 


Tracking time was always something people needed. Everyone wants to know how long it will take them to do a certain task, which makes time tracking an age-old problem. The root of time tracking started in the 1880s when Herman Hollerith proposed storing info with the help of holes punched through a piece of paper. His invention of the punched cards set the standard for the next 80 years. Another invention around the same time, was the time clock. 


Combining the punch card with the time clock resulted in the first time card recorder that was used by employees to punch in and out of work. This invention helped birth the now world-renowned technological giant IBM.

Why Is Time Tracking Important Today?


Tracking time spent on a task is almost as important as the ability to manage the task itself. By knowing how long it takes to do a task immensely helps in the overall project planning process which ultimately determines the success of the project itself. Work time monitor tracking helps align the efficiency and productivity of your team with the quality of your project.


Time is a limited asset. To ensure you achieve the desired productivity, you need to track it and plan it as a systematic expense. Work time monitor tracking also helps you be aware of the deadline of the project. By knowing when the project is due, you can increase or decrease the pace to ensure that successful goals are achieved.


Best Practices for Time Tracking


In an organization, work time monitor tracking should start from the top down. Employees want to see their managers practicing the same policies they are instructed to follow. To ensure time tracking becomes second nature for employees in the company, the business owner or a manager must train their employees. For training to be successful, the trainers need to understand the software they are using so that they can train the employees in various ways.


As technology progresses, more and more of everyday tasks are automated. No one should expect anything else for time tracking. Ensure everyone follows the same tracking schedule.


Even though the most convenient way to track time may differ from person to person, set a schedule that makes most sense for the business. If one team tracks time, make sure all others do. 


Usually, trusting employees is hard, especially if someone was forging their time before. To help keep trust within your company, make sure that everyone is following the rules. Trusting that the employees are tracking their time will result in reciprocated measures with them.


Benefits of Time Tracking (That Are Not Productivity)


Time monitoring software, which is often used to track time, can also tell you how long each employee spends using certain apps or websites. This gives business owners an exact overview of the activity of every employee, including who did what, for how long, and whether or not they've finished on time. Having this data helps business owners make informed decisions about the best ways to distribute the workload. 


Time tracking can help you detect how long each employee has worked on any given day, assuming that they've tracked all of their time or if you have an automated time tracker. Time tracking can also help you correctly calculate any overtime that may have happened.


Final Takeaways


Tracking time has been a part of everyone's lives since forever. Our early ancestors used to track time, seasons, and dates, as they needed to know how long it would take them to do a certain task. And ever since the 1880s, companies started implementing time card recorders that employees used to punch in and out of work.


Today, work time monitor tracking is as important as ever. If you know how long it will take to finish a certain task, you'll better plan entire projects. It also helps business owners figure out the best way to distribute workload. For work time monitor tracking to be successful in a company, it should include the entire organization, start from the top down and be automated as much as possible. 

By implementing time tracking in your company, you encourage everyone to be more productive and efficient in their work.

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