Employee monitoring allows a business owner or a manager to track employee activities while working hours. Also, this process involves monitoring a worker’s engagement with workplace-related tasks and his/her productivity. Today businesses use employee monitoring on a computer for tracking and measuring productivity, attendance, and proof of hours worked.
Employee monitoring can involve not only specific employee computer software, but also wearable devices, external video/audio devices (like cameras), GPS trackers and other.
Employee monitoring has been around for a while. People always tend to measure their productivity and tried different tools for this. Well-known punch cards were invented in 1886 by the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) that was a holding company of manufacturers of record-keeping and measuring systems subsequently known as IBM.
This invention set the standard of employee monitoring industry for the next 80 years.
Today companies have the opportunity of using a wide variety of tools and devices for employee monitoring. Due to people spend on the computer a lot of activities while working hours, one of the most used tools is Employee Monitoring Software allowing to track all actions within the computer workplace.
Employee Monitoring became a quite sensitive area for every company. Before launching it’s necessary to consider the following points:
- it’s a good idea to compile a company’s Employee Monitoring Policy and let every employee have it as a handbook;
- most companies practice official announcing and the team’s training in order employees could both estimate the benefits of employee monitoring and acknowledge its consequences;
- preferably run any monitoring tool in a visible mode, not in stealth to let an employee know he/she is under monitoring at the moment;
- monitor only activities that are legally available for tracking. To learn more about Employee Monitoring laws in your country visit our Legal section;
announce any changes in the company’s monitoring policy. Establishing trust between the managers and team members is the main point in employee monitoring.