Employee Productivity
Tracking Software

Use CurrentWare’s employee productivity tracking software to see how your staff spends their time on work computers. 

“Figuring out where we were losing productivity gave us a huge help when it came to increasing efficiency”

Larry Salvucci, IT Manager, Boston Centerless

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Why Use Employee Productivity Tracking Software?

CurrentWare’s employee productivity tracking software BrowseReporter provides you with the insights you need to ensure that your employees are working their best.

BrowseReporter monitors the internet and application usage of your employees to provide a comprehensive overview of how your employees are spending their time at work and how they are engaging with the technology in the workplace.

With BrowseReporter you can measure employee engagement in your business to make data-informed productivity management decisions, collect evidence of time theft, and encourage employees to stay focused on their tasks.

Actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. up to $550 billion in lost productivity per year.1

Tracking employee productivity helps discover actively disengaged employees so that they can be provided with the support and training they need to be successful.

64% of employees admit to visiting non-work related websites every day.2

Monitoring employee internet activity is essential for ensuring that excessive web browsing isn’t draining employee productivity by distracting them from their core tasks.

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75% of workers feel distracted at work; 16% feel that they’re almost always distracted.3

Context switching can cost up to 40% of a worker’s productivity.4 Tracking employee work habits throughout the day helps identify workplace distractions so they can be dealt with.

How to Improve Employee Productivity With CurrentWare

The CurrentWare Suite provides the visibility and control you need to manage employee productivity

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See How Employees Spend Their Time

Monitor employee computer activity to gain valuable insights into their work habits. Analyze key productivity indicators to understand productivity trends among your employees.

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Monitor Work-From-Home Employees

See how your employees spend their time, no matter where they work. Automated productivity reporting helps keep managers connected to their remote employees.

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Enforce Computer Use Policies

Control and monitor internet use to prevent employees from accessing websites that are dangerous, unproductive, or inappropriate in the workplace.

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Empower Human Resources

Collect evidence of inappropriate computer activity to address undesirable behavior before it destroys employee productivity and contributes to a hostile work environment.

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Discourage Time Wasters

Workplace distractions are a major drain on productivity. The user activity reports show you who is staying on-task with their projects and who needs help regaining focus.

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Optimize Work Processes

Track idle time trends to find out which departments are underutilized or overutilized. Identify opportunities for growth and areas where work processes need to be adjusted.

Case Study

Shady Maple Transforms Their Business With Employee Productivity Monitoring Software

Shady Maple found CurrentWare during a significant period of growth in their business. As their number of employees grew, Shady Maple knew that they needed an employee productivity solution that was scalable.

Their old ways of managing employee internet abuse – manually checking each employee’s computer individually and hoping that they didn’t clear out their web history – would no longer be sustainable.

Since implementing CurrentWare, Shady Maple’s employee productivity has skyrocketed. Thanks to the central console Shady Maple could review the internet browsing data of their entire workforce from a single device. CurrentWare’s ease of use and automated reporting made the solution accessible for use by managers, HR, and IT personnel alike.

The robust CurrentWare client agent maintained the integrity of browsing data even when employees deleted their browser’s web history, providing Shady Maple with accurate and actionable information about employee browsing habits.

Commonly abused websites and applications were effortlessly blocked from being accessed. Employees that needed access to blocked content for legitimate work purposes could be readily exempted from CurrentWare’s content filtering policies. 

Thanks to CurrentWare Shady Maple’s network performance has dramatically improved and their workforce has regained focus on their core tasks. The HR department suddenly gained the ability to present tangible evidence of disinclination to employees who had been underperforming.

“Being able to identify negative browsing trends and put a stop to them within a couple of hours has meant that our employees are focused on the job almost all of the time. We have become an extremely efficient workforce.”

Kevin Porsche

IT Admin, Shady Maple

BEFORE CURRENTWARE

Network Congestion

Employee internet abuse drains the available bandwidth, harming the productivity & efficiency of the entire organization.

Excessive Cyberloafing

Actively disengaged employees waste excessive amounts of time on unproductive websites, sneakily hiding their browsing habits.

Inefficient AUP Enforcement

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

AFTER CURRENTWARE

Fast & Stable Internet

Employee internet use is monitored for abuse. Bandwidth hogs are blocked and employees are coached on acceptable use policies.

Focused Employees

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

More Resources For Core Tasks

Effortless management from CurrentWare’s central console increases efficiency, allowing saved time to be invested where it matters most.

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See What Else Our Customers Have to Say

Whether it be monitoring and restricting employee internet use to enforce company policies, blocking USB file transfers to protect sensitive data against theft, or remotely controlling PC power states to save money CurrentWare has played an integral part in keeping our customers secure and productive.

“We needed to control internet access to enforce our web usage policies across the organization. In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software.”

Larry Salvucci

IT Manager, Boston Centerless

“Being able to identify negative browsing trends and put a stop to them within a couple of hours has meant that our employees are focused on the job almost all of the time. We have become an extremely efficient workforce.

Kevin Porsche

IT Admin, Shady Maple

We’ve tried using other software for our employee monitoring but it was a pain to work with. BrowseReporter was simple to use and gave us exactly what we needed. I can easily see exactly what sites people are visiting, when they visit them, and how long they stay there.

Aaron Siegel

Network Administrator, Sessions & Kimball LLP

“This software is very easy to set up and use on a daily basis. The value for the cost is excellent and the best we have ever used for controlling access to the internet.

Ken W.

IT Manager, Shoreline Sightseeing

FEATURE OVERVIEW

Stop Misuse of the Internet in the Workplace

Monitoring and controlling employee internet use is essential for enforcing internet use policies, keeping employees focused, and protecting your network against web-based threats.

 Cyberloafing—also known as cyberslacking— is when an employee surfs the web for reasons that are not related to their job. This includes using workplace internet for personal use, playing computer games, and browsing social networking sites. The internet is a powerful tool for boosting productivity, but it can also be a significant workplace distraction. Social networking sites, news, shopping, and sports websites are all tempting distractions throughout the work day.

The majority of employees visit non-work related websites every day at work 5

  • 39% spend one hour or less per week
  • 29% spend 2 hours per week
  • 21% waste five hours per week
  • 3% said they waste 10 hours or more doing unrelated activities

71% of employees surveyed believe that short breaks throughout the day help boost their productivity. 6

Reasonable amounts of cyberloafing can have a positive impact on employee productivity, but only so long as it does not consume more than 12% of an employee’s work time. 7

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Why do employees cyberloaf in the workplace? 8

  • 34% say they are not challenged enough
  • 34% say they work long hours
  • 32% say there are no incentives to work harder
  • 30% are unsatisfied with their employment
  • 23% say they’re bored at work
  • 18% say it’s due to low wages

How to Reduce Cyberloafing in the Workplace

Method 1

Productivity Reporting Tools

Provide employees with greater autonomy by allowing them to browse non-work websites as they see fit. Using the employee productivity reports you can readily see how much time is spent on productive vs unproductive websites.

Starting at $2.99 USD user/month

Employee productivity report, BrowseReporter employee monitoring software

Method 2

Block Unproductive Websites

45% of IT pros in a Spiceworks survey block websites to increase employee productivity. 9 If the work productivity reports indicate that certain websites are becoming a distraction, you can use BrowseControl web filtering software to stop employees from visiting them.

 

Starting at $2.99 USD user/month

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Method 3

Internet Use Policies

Workplace policies are essential for communicating standards to your employees. With an acceptable use policy, you can outline what employees are (and are not) allowed to do on workplace computers.

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BrowseReporter lets you know what employees are up to. We are able to make sure employees are not spending extra work time on the internet, and if there is an issue we have the documentation to prove.”

– Ken W.
IT Manager

BrowseReporter is the most important tool in my company for increasing employee productivity. It provides comprehensive reports that help me keep track of my employees’ web browsing activities. It’s easy to use and setup.”

– Stanley K.
IT Director

What You Can Track With Currentware’s Employee Productivity Monitoring Software

The CurrentWare Suite has 15+ user activity reports to choose from. You can easily track employee computer activity across all of their work devices, providing you with insights into how they spend their time.

Websites Visited & Browsing Time

  • See all of the websites your employees visit and the time they spent on each site, even when they delete their web browsing history
  • Collect evidence of unsafe and unproductive internet usage to ensure that employees are following acceptable use policies
  • See how long each website was actively used for to better understand how much time is being spent on distracting websites
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Employee Productivity

  • Get a high-level overview of how much time employees spend on websites that are productive, unproductive, or neutral
  • Compare productivity levels by location to see whether or not employees are changing their work habits when they work from home
  • Customize the productivity classifications to best match what is considered productive for your employees

Application Usage

  • Identify the use of unsanctioned applications to prevent workplace piracy and shadow IT security risks
  • Collect software usage data to see which programs should be decommissioned and which ones require more licenses
  • Improve employee productivity by ensuring that employees aren’t spending their work day on unproductive applications
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Login & Logout Times*

  • Verify that employees are starting and stopping their work days at expected times with reports of when they logged in and out of their computers
  • Track login duration to ensure that employees are not logging in after hours or working unauthorized overtime
  • Track the utilization rate of laptops and desktops with reports of what devices your employees are logging in to each day

Monitor Employee Productivity
Without Sacrificing Privacy

When using productivity management software to monitor your employees it’s important to be aware of the potential privacy concerns that they may have. BrowseReporter includes a variety of privacy-enhancing features to help you monitor employee productivity transparently.

BrowseReporter’s End-User Reports

How does it work?

This optional feature provides your employees with on-demand access to their user activity data.

To access their data your employees simply need to click the CurrentWare icon that appears in their computer’s system tray and open the dashboard.

Transparency: Employees can clearly see exactly what user activity data is being captured when they work on a monitored device.

Security: Employees are only shown their data; they have no access to the admin console or the data of their coworkers.

Autonomy: With on-demand access to their user activity reports your employees can use BrowseReporter to self-manage their productivity.

“The employees find the reports to be an extremely helpful self-analysis tool. They use the reports to analyze and reconfigure their priorities!”

Kevin Porsche, IT Admin, Shady Maple Farm Market

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Monitoring Software Alerts

Display a custom message to notify your employees that their internet and application activity is being monitored.

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Show in System Tray

Enable this feature to make the CurrentWare Client visible in the system tray of your employee’s computers.

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Schedule Monitoring

Schedule BrowseReporter’s user activity tracking to only collect data during designated hours. Turn off monitoring during non-work hours and personal browsing periods.

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Restrict Access

Restrict access to employee monitoring data with a password-protected console and unique data access permissions for each manager. Easily provide access on an as-needed basis.

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CurrentWare’s Software Solutions

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Device Control Software

  • Block unsanctioned portable storage devices
  • Add trusted devices to an Allowed List
  • Audit USB file operations to track data in motion
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Content Filtering Software

  • Block websites based on URL, IP, and category
  • Close unused or high-risk network ports 
  • Stop users from launching specific applications
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User Activity Monitoring

  • Monitor internet and application use
  • Choose from 15+ detailed user activity reports
  • Get automated alerts of computer policy violations
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Remote Power Management

  • Audit login times for suspicious activity
  • Remotely control computer power states
  • Schedule shutdowns to prevent off-hours access

Employee Productivity Management Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

Disable or enable the Internet with the click of a button.

Internet Off

URL Filter

Create allowed lists and blocked lists for specific URLs.

Internet Off

Category Filtering

Block websites based on categories such as social media.

Internet Off

Internet Scheduler

Schedule unique Internet restrictions throughout the day

Internet Off

Computer Monitoring

Track application usage to detect misuse or unsanctioned software

Internet Off

Internet Monitoring

Determine URLs visited and the time spent on each website

Internet Off

Application Blocker

Block users from launching Windows applications and programs

Internet Off

Email Reports

Get employee activity reports sent to your inbox

Flexible Deployment Options

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On Premises

Easy to install. Everything stored on your own network.

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Remote Workers

Connect remote users with minimal configuration.

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Private Cloud

All the benefits of the cloud on a server of your choice.

Best Practices for Monitoring Employee Productivity

Be Transparent About Monitoring

Employees that are not aware that they are being monitored, why they are being monitored, and how they are being monitored are less likely to find employee monitoring acceptable.  

Covertly monitoring employees risks harming morale, eroding trust, and—ironically—harming employee productivity. The majority of workplace privacy laws even require that employers notify their employees about data collection.

Being transparent about employee monitoring provides employees with the opportunity to learn how productivity monitoring will be used for their benefit. It’ll also allow them to voice any concerns they may have about how the productivity monitoring software will be used.

  • Allow employees to access their activity data so they self-monitor their productivity and see what is being monitored
  • Disclose the scope of productivity monitoring during onboarding and within employee handbooks/policies.
  • Have employees sign a workplace privacy policy that informs them about what data is being collected, how the data will be used, and the purpose for the data collection.

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Set Clear Expectations

Your employees need to understand what is expected of them. What productivity metrics will be used to measure their performance? Are work computers allowed to be used for personal tasks? Is a manageable amount of non-work web browsing allowed so long as they are meeting their KPIs?

Use Monitoring Data Fairly

Employee productivity monitoring is best received when the data is used for learning and developmental purposes. 10

Using this data to micromanage employees, perform automated assessments, or single out individual employees is a surefire way to cultivate negative employee sentiment.

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Keep Employee Data Safe

Employee productivity monitoring software captures potentially sensitive data such as search engine queries and web browsing history.

If this data is leaked to unauthorized parties or used for an inappropriate purpose it can become a serious privacy issue for employees.

For this reason, employee productivity data must be secured in the same way that any other form of sensitive data would be protected.

This includes limiting who has access to the data, keeping the data stored in a secure location, and ensuring that anyone with access to the data understands their data security and privacy responsibilities.

Know the Limits of Productivity Monitoring

Collecting workforce productivity data will help you better understand the work habits of your employees, but there are limits.

For example, employees may have job-adjacent tasks that have them spend time away from their computers; this idle time is still productive.

Employees may also be using unmonitored personal devices for non-work web browsing, making them appear more focused than they actually are.

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“We block clearly objectionable websites, but we wanted a way to see how our people spent their time on the rest of the internet. The Sites Visited report is great, it provides the exact details we’re looking for.

Aaron Siegel

Network Admin, Sessions & Kimball LLP

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Employee Productivity Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial of our employee productivity tracking software is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days.

If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate the best employee productivity tracking software for your organization, reach out to our support team.

Does CurrentWare Have Access to Employee Data?

No. CurrentWare’s employee productivity software does not send your user’s computer usage data to CurrentWare. They are installed and managed by your organization.

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is installed in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider.

For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.

Will My Employees Know They Are Being Monitored?

Depending on the needs of your environment and the laws of your jurisdiction you can opt to deploy BrowseReporter with or without its transparency-enhancing features enabled.

Stealth Employee Monitoring

BrowseReporter operates in stealth mode by default.

In stealth mode, the CurrentWare Client is not visible in the system tray or control panel of the employee’s computer. Your employee will not be able to uninstall the CurrentWare client or prevent it from running.

Transparent Employee Monitoring

BrowseReporter includes a variety of transparency-boosting features to help your employees remain aware that their computer activity is being monitored in the workplace.

  • Monitoring Notifications: Display a custom message that periodically reminds your employees that their internet and application activity is being monitored by BrowseReporter
  • Show In System Tray: Enable this feature to make the CurrentWare Client visible in the system tray of your employee’s computers.
  • End-User Reports: Enable this feature to give your employees access to their own computer activity data. This lets them see exactly what internet and application usage data is being shared.

Can I Use Your Employee Productivity Tracking Software With Remote Workers?

Yes. CurrentWare’s employee productivity tracking software solutions support a variety of deployment options that allow you to monitor employee computer activity and block websites no matter where they work.

To learn more about using employee productivity tracking software with remote workers, visit this article: How to use remote employee productivity tracking software

Is This a Cloud Solution?

No, our employee productivity solutions are not cloud-native. At this time they will continue to be offered exclusively for on-premises deployments, however, you can install CurrentWare’s software on a cloud platform of your choice with our private cloud option.

How Can I Start Monitoring Employee Productivity?

  1. Download & install BrowseReporter
    Download the files for your free employee productivity monitoring software trial. On the administrator’s computer, run CurrentWare.exe to begin your installation.
  2. Deploy the software clients
    Deploy the CurrentWare Client (cwClientSetup.exe) on all the computers you want to monitor. You can deploy the client with a local install or by using Active Directory, SCCM, or our built-in remote deployment tool.
  3. Monitor your employees
    After the installation you will see all of your employee’s computers on the CurrentWare Console. From this console you can run detailed reports on all of your employees’ computer activities.

Who Uses This Employee Productivity Monitoring Software?

CurrentWare has a global client base across a variety of industries including government, healthcare, finance, nonprofit, and manufacturing.

CurrentWare’s customers protect their business against time theft, data leakage, and web-based threats by monitoring and controlling employee computer use.

Read our employee productivity monitoring software customer case studies to learn more.

    Will BrowseReporter Continue Monitoring Employees When They Leave the Network?

    Yes. The client agent has the ability to monitor employee computer activity even if it loses connection to the CurrentWare Server.

    When your employees disconnect from your network the client agent will store their activity data locally on their computer. Once they reconnect to your network their data will be synced to the CurrentWare server.

    Note: If you wish to get activity data from employee computers that are outside of the network, they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server. Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your employee’s computer usage data and any CurrentWare policy updates will take effect.

    Learn More: How to Set Up CurrentWare’s Employee Productivity Tracking Software for Off-Site Workers

      Is It Legal to Use Employee Productivity Monitoring Software?

      When determining how employee productivity monitoring software will be used in your organization it is important to understand the potential privacy implications for your employees and what factors influence your right to monitor employee computer activity. 

      Depending on your jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of your employees you may have legal obligations to fulfill before monitoring employees in the workplace. The best practice is to consult with a legal professional first.

      Most workplace privacy and employee monitoring laws require you to be transparent about data collection. This includes informing employees about what is being monitored, how their data will be protected, and how it will be used.

      Learn more: The Best Practices for Using Employee Productivity Monitoring Software

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