One of the tools companies rapidly adopted during the pandemic – time tracking software. At least 60% of companies use some kind of time tracking tool to monitor remote employees. Though a majority of employers saw a spike in productivity after enabling monitoring software, how do employees actually feel about that? And does it make sense in the long run?

Some research showed that most employees feel intimidated by the idea of workplace monitoring. This lowers trust among colleagues, decreases problem-solving performance, and negatively affects job satisfaction. The feeling of being constantly watched also limits creativity.

So, what can you do to keep your remote team happy and engaged without sacrificing productivity? Here are some tips if you decide to implement the time-tracking software:

  1. Communicate the purpose of monitoring tools upfront.
  2. Let employees know that they will be held accountable for their results, not their hours worked. 
  3. Encourage transparency and communication among team members. 
  4. Promote a healthy work-life balance by providing flexibility in working hours and ample paid time off.
  5. Use data from monitoring tools to improve processes, not to micromanage employees

What approach is used in your company? And how do you feel about it?

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