Do you really need to Track your Employees?

An employee browsing the Internet on a laptop computer with different websites that are being tracked by the Internet monitoring software.

In today’s competitive business environment, the attainment of growth and profitability depends greatly on how productive you are as an organization. Even as technology changes every day, so do the challenges associated with ensuring consistently high levels of employee productivity.

According to a recent survey, a whopping 80 percent of employees admit to wasting time at work. Employers are spending on average nearly $18,000 per year, per employee, on wasted time. Internet surfing and social media appear to be among the biggest contributors to lower levels of productivity.

To curb distractions and ensure high levels of productivity, many companies are using employee monitoring software. Tracking an employee’s computer or workstation is often interpreted as an act of spying or micromanagement. It is also perceived as negatively impacting the employer-employee relationship. So the question arises, should you really use employee tracking software, and does it help improve your productivity levels.

Below we’ve outlined three ways in which employee activity monitoring can actually benefit your employees and put your organization’s productivity on an upward spiral of growth.

1.     Coaching and mentoring

Most businesses provide comprehensive training to their employees prior to engaging them in office roles. What most managers don’t know, however, is whether their employees are following the right methods and procedures or if they’re using all their tools effectively. Software tools that offer detailed reports of your employee’s activities can help you spot where they need help. Using these reports managers can help their employees improve their work performance. In addition, internet activity tracking can help you check and mentor employees who are frequently distracted by social media, ecommerce, and gaming sites. To completely eliminate the temptation among employees to access such websites, you can also use content filtering and web blocking tools.

2.     Analyze, delegate, and redistribute tasks

Real-time monitoring tools such as Currentware’s BrowseReporter allow you to analyze the current workload of individual employees. This can help you identify which of your employees are most heavily burdened with tasks. By delegating and redistributing some of these tasks to other employees, you can save time and reduce stress on your employees. This allows you to manage your team members more efficiently and prevents the notion of work bias from creeping in, with some employees feeling overburdened with work.

3.     Best-practice sharing

Every company has a few top performers. Not only do they complete their tasks on time, but their work is of a much higher quality. While you cannot have each of your employees deliver top-quality work in the least amount of time, you can identify a few best-practices and have other employees follow them. With the help of employee tracking software you can use real-time and summary reports to highlight how your top performers use their tools and what methods in particular they apply to get the job done quickly. Best-practice sharing not only boosts your organization’s overall productivity, but it also generates a healthy competition among your employees, which leads to an upward spiral of growth both for you and your employees.

Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu is a Product Manager with CurrentWare. He enjoys helping businesses improve their employee productivity & data loss prevention efforts through the deployment of the CurrentWare solutions.
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