Employee Monitoring Software vs Office Work – Should You Still Use It?

Employee Monitoring Software vs Office Work - Should You Still Use It?

The predictions about when we’ll be able to go back into the office (at least for a few days a week) are still completely uncertain. Some countries estimate they’ll be able to open up in June, while others don’t expect that before 2022.  In any case, if you have been using employee monitoring software while your team is working from home, you might be wondering if it’s worth paying for it when you go back into the office. After all, you only started using it because you couldn’t see your employees and because you wanted to make sure they’re productive when they’re working remotely.

So, let’s explore what employee monitoring brings to the table, and how can you use it when working from the office.

Coronavirus Restrictions Won’t Disappear Overnight

Even as restrictions ease, they most likely won’t be abolished in one day. This means that the likelihood of having your whole 50-people team working from the office at the same time is low.

You’ll probably have to mix and match and have a part of your team working from the office while everyone else is working from home. On some days, they can switch, so you’ll have the opportunity to see everyone and bring back some sense of normalcy.

The employee monitoring software will be useful in this case because you’ll have home and office data for each of your employees. You’ll be able to see which type of work best suits your team members, and what’s distracting them in both places. It’s perfect if you’re looking to introduce a completely new remote of work from home policy.

You Should Always Analyze Daily Activities

And we don’t mean that you should go and reprimand someone for spending 30 minutes reading the news. We’re talking about detecting roadblocks, finding out what’s interrupting your team’s workflow, and then working to improve it.

The data your monitoring software collects will still be useful once you’re back in the office. New challenges will emerge when your team gets together, so it’ll be good to have a tool that can keep monitoring their behavior.

Getting More Accurate Attendance Data

Chances are you were using a clock-in device like a fingerprint scanner, or keycards while you were working from the office. These devices didn’t have much use when your team started working from home, so you switched it with employee monitoring software. 

You should keep using the software as the attendance device when you go back into the office as well. You can even keep your traditional clock-in devices to get two sets of data that will help you create a full picture of your team’s attendance.

Why? Well, when your employees clock in using the traditional methods, they usually clock in when they enter the building. Before they start working they have the time to make their coffee, catch up with coworkers, have breakfast… You get the gist. But, when they clock in using software, they clock in when they actually start working. This is crucial information if you’re working with hourly employees, but it’s quite useful with the salaried ones as well.

Wrapping Up

There are more reasons to keep using employee tracking when you go back into the office, but we’ve decided to focus on three key benefits it will bring to you.

We do recommend that you don’t discard the software before you’ve had the chance to test it with your whole team in the office – it’s the only way to know for sure how useful it could be to your business.

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