When you own a company, whether small or medium one, the work of your employees is crucial to your overall success. That is why every employer reaches for different methods of improving work, and monitoring with different apps is an increasingly popular method. Monitoring your employees is a topic that is much debated. It is generally believed that owners and managers are the ones who like it very much and support the implementation of such apps and that employees are against it.
However, this is not always the case, but often workers think it is a good thing and even some managers don’t like that approach. Anyway, it is something that is being used more and more, so let us tell you the pros and cons of workplace tracking apps. It will be very helpful to you if you are currently considering whether this is the right choice for your company.
You will have an accurate insight into productivity
You always have some insight into productivity because you see earnings trends, customer satisfaction, and the like. But it’s virtually impossible to know if that’s maximum productivity because you can’t keep track of exactly what each employee does. At least you couldn’t before the advent of monitoring apps. From now on it is possible to know exactly how many hours he or she worked, what software he used, which websites and everything else. All of this will give you an insight into whether the employee is giving their maximum or actually working part-time, and the other half is waiting to go home and read things on the internet that have nothing to do with work or chat on social media. Of course, you will not ask the employee to be a slave and work every single minute, but you will be able to show him how you feel he is spending too much time on unimportant things.
The limited-time they spend using a smartphone
You of course have no right to ask them to install any of the apps on their private mobile phone. But if they have a business mobile phone, then they absolutely should have installed some of the apps designed for it, like a phonetracker. This way you will be able to see if they are using it exclusively for business purposes or again for social networks, YouTube, and the like. Through such applications, you can even restrict their access to all unnecessary websites.
It often happens that all members of one team are much more productive than members of another team. But even though you notice that at the team level one is more productive than the other, you can’t know the individually for each employee. This way you will have insight and then you will be able to allocate them as needed. For example, you will transfer someone most productive to a less productive team, to initiate a spark. It is very important to have a good insight into your human resources, and with the help of apps, you can save significantly because you do not have to hire a lot of people in the HR sector.
Security is something that is a big concern of every company, and hacker attacks happen every day. That’s why these apps can help you not only to monitor your employees but to prevent security intrusions from the outside. Hackers can steal very important data and money from you, so you have to prevent that. And with the help of apps, you will immediately notice that someone new has joined your system. Even if he hides his presence, you will again notice that someone is doing strange things and being able to prevent it. You will also be able to notice if an employee is trying to access information for which he or she is not in charge, so you can prevent corporate espionage.
You will know who to reward
You probably already know who your best workers are, but you may not have an accurate insight into how productive they actually are. This way you will be able to know exactly who deserves your praise and awards. And the praise and awards are very good for the morale of the whole company and everyone will try to be the ones who will be rewarded.
Although you should not have legal problems because of this, you should still be careful. Check all the details of the legal system of the country where you live or even hire a lawyer to do it for you. Only in this way will you be completely calm and know that you are not breaking any law. Most states have very strict laws when it comes to monitoring, so you must avoid putting yourself at risk.
Bad impact on the relationship between you and the employees
This is certainly the most common problem when talking about this type of apps. Many people tend to feel hurt and betrayed if they choose to implement this. They think that you don’t trust them and that they have worked honestly for you all those years, and that you now have doubts. This can have a very bad effect on overall morale and thus on productivity. That is why it is very important to inform them in time about the implementation of that and to tell them that the reason is not mistrust, but just increasing productivity through more detailed insight, as well as prevention of security breaches.
With all the work you already have, this will be something else you will spend time on. If you want to make the most of these apps, you will need to analyze the information obtained for at least half an hour each day. Or to hire someone to do it for you which will create additional costs.
As you can see, the pros far outweigh the cons. However, be careful about the law and do not hurt the feelings of your employees.