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THE PROS & CONS OF TRACKING YOUR EMPLOYEE’S EVERY DIGITAL MOVEMENT


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Since the pandemic, employers around the world have had to shift how their employees operate with remote work options. There are both benefits and challenges to that approach and to help monitor what employees are doing while working remotely, some employers use employee monitoring tools.


Employee monitoring software tracks digital movements. This can include everything from general clock-in clock-out tracking to taking screenshots of an employee’s computer several times per hour. Below are a few pros and cons to weigh before you set up this type of system in your organization.


PROS

  • Helps managers understand how employees spend their day.

  • Reduces non-work activities during working hours.

  • Can be an easy way to track time for remote workers.


CONS

  • Hurts employees' morale & productivity.

  • “Activity Monitoring” doesn’t capture work that does not take place on the user’s computer.

  • Can cost organizations good employees because it can alienate some employees and make them feel untrusted.


FINDING A BALANCE

If you are planning to implement employee monitoring tools, you need to find the right balance between tracking too much and too little. If you need help adding this software, contact DIS.


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