Why Monitor Employee Computer Activity? (Video)

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Why is employee monitoring software so popular? This video shows the key reasons why employers monitor employee computer activity. Later in this article you will also learn how to monitor your employee’s computer activity using a free trial of BrowseReporter, CurrentWare’s employee computer activity monitoring software.

Video Transcription

Thanks for checking out the latest CurrentWare Video. In this video, we’re going to cover the reasons why you should monitor employee computer activity.

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5 Benefits of Monitoring Employee Computer Usage

Employee monitoring involves understanding how your employees are using company provided technology during work hours. There are five main benefits and considerations to employee monitoring that we will cover today:

  1. Employee Productivity management
  2. Addressing inappropriate technology usage, legal liability, and compliance
  3. Managing cybersecurity and data loss prevention
  4. Understanding how remote workers / out of office users are engaging with technology
  5. Understanding bandwidth usage and limiting exposure and costs 

So let’s start off with how monitoring can help employee productivity. 

44% of employees admit to being distracted by the internet at work, and employees in the US have admitted to wasting 1-2 hours a day browsing the internet. 

How Can Monitoring Employee Computer Usage Improve Productivity? 

Employees that know they’re being monitored will avoid excessive personal usage of the internet and computer applications. In addition, in the event an employee is underperforming, employee monitoring reports on their computer activity can be used to help the employee understand their actions and enhance their productivity.

The second important reason to monitor activity is to address inappropriate internet usage & avoid legal liability. 

As compliance requirements increase for various businesses, industries & jurisdictions, employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees are complying with regulations such as HIPAA, CCPA, CIPAA and GDPR. 

By enabling computer monitoring, you can ensure that your staff are complying with these requirements. In addition, by monitoring & setting alerts, you can instantly be notified if employees are visiting inappropriate websites such as pornography, adult or other websites.

The third reason to monitor computer activity is for cybersecurity purposes & to prevent data loss.

By knowing which websites an employee is visiting, which files are being downloaded or shared, and which external devices and endpoints are being used, company administrators can manage cyber security risks and data loss prevention efforts. 

Data breaches and associated risks can cost businesses millions of dollars in damages along with reputational risk, so being aware of these risks and monitoring them can provide significant benefits for every organization. In addition, by using alerts, and setting up risk profiles for users, you can audit activities and groups for questionable employee behavior.

Monitoring Employee Computer Usage During COVID-19

Due to Covid-19, the year 2020 has seen a significant shift to remote work for various companies and organizations. This brings us to our 4th reason to monitor an employee’s computer usage: remote workforce management. 

52% of CIOs surveyed suspect that one or more of their mobile workers have been hacked or caused a mobile security issue in the last 12 months. Employee monitoring software can be used to monitor for high-risk activity and verify that employee activity on company networks is legitimate. 

The final reason to monitor employees is for bandwidth management purposes. With CurrentWare’s BrowseReporter tool, you can determine who is hogging bandwidth by streaming videos and uploading/downloading excessively large files. 

Employees who are hogging bandwidth can slow down the entire network, negatively affecting the productivity of other employees and reducing the performance of business critical operations.

That’s it for this video. If you have any thoughts on this video or other reasons why computers should be monitored, feel free to comment below. 

If you’d like to give any of CurrentWare’s computer and device monitoring solutions a try, please check out our free trial at currentware.com/download or get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help!

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How to Monitor Employee Computer Activity

Ready to start monitoring employee computer usage? BrowseReporter is a versatile employee computer activity monitoring software for monitoring internet and application usage. In this video, you will learn how to monitor your employee’s computer activity with BrowseReporter.

  • See what websites your employees visit, how long they spend browsing each website, and the category of each site.
  • Get employee computer activity alerts automatically sent straight to your inbox on a set schedule or when specific computer activities occur
  • Use one of the dozens of employee computer activity reports to make data-informed management decisions, enforce acceptable use policies, and protect your company against unlawful or inappropriate computer usage.

  1. Sign up for the free trial to get the installation files
  2. Following these installation instructions, install the CurrentWare Console on a manager’s computer and deploy the CurrentWare Clients on your employee’s computers
  3. You are now monitoring employee computer activity. From the CurrentWare Console, you can use BrowseReporter to run employee computer activity reports. These reports allow you to see how your employees are spending their time during the work day.

Learn More:
How to Monitor Employee Internet Usage
How to Monitor Application Usage on Employee Computers

Sample Computer Activity Reports

About BrowseReporter Employee Computer Activity Monitoring Software

Want to learn more about monitoring employee computer usage with BrowseReporter? Watch this high-level overview of the employee activity monitoring software then test out the live demo or get your FREE 14-day trial to see it in action.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland is a Marketing Coordinator for CurrentWare, a global provider of endpoint security and employee monitoring software. Dale’s diverse multimedia background allows him the opportunity to produce a variety of content for CurrentWare including blogs, infographics, videos, eBooks, and social media shareables.