4 Main Reasons Employers Monitor Their Workers
According to 2007 “Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance Survey” from the American Management Association (AMA) and the ePolicy Institute, about 73% of employers in the US apply computer monitoring in the workplace. This is a significant number. But what is the idea behind this? Why do employers do it?
Why Do Employers Monitor Their Wokers?
- To Improve Employees’ Productivity
- To Measure How Workers Spend Their Time
- To Evaluate In-house and Remote Staff
- To Protect Company’s Data from Disclosure/Theft
Read more about these core reasons in the article below.
With over 20 years of experience in the field, we have done extensive research and here are the four main reasons prompting managers to monitor their workers:
1. Improve Employees’ Productivity
In 2016 the US Bureau of Labor indicated a decline in employee productivity. Why did this happen? The reason is pretty straightforward. When employees sleep on their duties, there’s a deadtime effect: they’re not just wasting the company’s time, they’re also wasting money.
“Low employee productivity can be harmful to a business. The impact might be so significant, it brings down a particular project or even the business and in the process ruining the business reputation and losing clients as a result. Creating a highly productive environment is important for both sides – the business and the employees.” NesterSoft Inc. CEO Kirill Nesterenko.
2. Measure How Workers Spend Their Time
The typical full-timer is paid for approximately 8-9 hours of work each day – but he or she is wasting between wasting between 60 to 290 minutes.
Imagine how much money this is costing you, Let’s use a real-life case study:
A case study conducted by WorkTime revealed how employees of a Dutch business travel club spent their work hours unsupervised.
Being a highly productive business-owner, Jennie K. is often on-the-move.
A small team of office employees had been suspected of staying much less productive, by either being idle or indulging in personal internet activities whenever the club owner was away (according to statistics, non-work related internet surfing results in up to a 40% loss of productivity each year for American businesses). This is just one out of many cases employers face every day in the workplace.
How can an employer know the number of hours his employees put into work?
With the help of employee monitoring software, employers can gain a true measure of the exact number of hours employees are putting into work.
Offices/companies use functional employee monitoring software like WorkTime in a very simple way. They monitor computer idle time along with personal Internet and software use. The use of this type of monitoring software is often made known to everyone in the office.
Workers who know they are being monitored are more likely to avoid inappropriate internet use and unsolicited personal time and focus on their work.
The answer is obvious. The big picture of using employee monitoring software is paying a small price to prevent business losses in the long run.
3. Evaluate In-house and Remote Staff Performance
You will be astonished at how employee monitoring software can synchronize your work even across time zones enabling you to focus on both workplace and remote employees’operations, point out mistakes and make proper adjustments or take corrective measures.
When performance checks are done using employee monitoring software, employers can detect who the cyberslackers are, spot shortcomings right on time by uncovering what employees are currently working on, guide them to handle projects in the order of priority, and also recognize who is doing a great job, hitting performance goals.
Employees can be provided with real, tangible examples of great performance and areas to improve. Training materials or sessions can be tendered to better address those challenges, and boost activity increase in the long run (source: This article from customerthink points out).
4. Protection of Company’s Data from Disclosure/Theft
Sadly, data theft is rampant in the business world. Resentful employees who have access to computer files containing trading secrets or proprietary information could conceivably steal and distribute the information to competitors causing great harm to the company in the process.
Here’s another real situation. In 2018, A company filed a lawsuit against an executive for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets for stealing a large number of files. It was alleged that the files included, personal data of the company’s client: actual credit card numbers, names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses. Those documents contained personal information on around 143 million Americans (Source from Forbes).
Exposing Important assets, delicate information and trading secrets can give room to destroyed careers and companies. The decision to avert those from occurring in your company is just an employee monitoring software, and the correct configuration will help protect the company from insider threats – that is; against the leaking of sensitive or vital information.
Will employee monitoring be beneficial to my business?
Yes, if used in accordance with your business goal. Monitoring software can yield great benefits. It plays a crucial role in improving the running of the business as well as ensuring productivity, safety and time management within the company, further leading to a thriving business.
The right employee monitoring software will help you achieve these major goals:
– Empower you to monitor almost 100 percent of work operations, including task execution, web/computer activities and active/idle times among others.
– The information created by reports can change the entire work process, giving you a better understanding of your work environment.
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Analytical Writer, NesterSoft Inc.
www.worktime.com – Employee Monitoring Experts Since 1998