Employee Monitoring Software is a kind of software allowing to track all employee’s activities within his/her computer and measure their productivity/performance.
Tools like existing employee monitoring software are simply a new implementation of employee monitoring process, which was a common practice for a long time (people started to use timesheets in 1888 and punch cards even earlier – in 1886).
Now, with the modern software tools companies can track not just how much time employees spend at work, but:
- how productive they are,
- how much time they are on the internet,
- which applications they use most,
- whether they were productive while surfing the internet or simply doing their shopping,
- what tasks they struggle with,
- when they work best,
and much more.
Thanks to current technology, businesses can monitor almost 100% of employee’s activity, including but not limited to:
- Internet usage
- Software and apps usage
- Employee productivity
- Login and logout time
- Attendance time
- Email content
- Computer screen capturing
- Keystrokes recording
- Phone use
- Video/audio surveillance
- GPS tracking
- Location tracking by access badge
and many other indicators.
Most companies support the concept of non-intrusive and respectful employee monitoring to keep their employees privacy at the appropriate level. So they do not involve any spy-like features (screen and keystrokes capturing, email content screening, for instance).
After collecting this data is transformed into readable charts, reports and other entities improving the decision-making process on C-level.
A manager has the possibility to determine any team (or each employee) gaps and successes: from appropriate salary, сorresponding (or not) rates, to optimal team size, apps kit, and workflows.
Also, if there’s anything a manager should know about a specific team member (like, Heather was much less efficient in the past month, or Peter has really accelerated in the past two weeks), it can be detected objectively—not intuitively.