Screenshot Monitor is now on Slack!

Now you can track employees’ time and screenshots right in Slack! You are able to see how much time your team spends on each task and what exactly they do throughout the day. 

  • No need to open the Screenshot Monitor site every time you want to check what’s up  — any time a new screenshot is uploaded into your employee’s timeline, you see it in Slack
  • Fast access to Screenshot Monitor even if you are out of the office — because you always have your phone with the Slack app on you
  • Quick check of all screenshots — saves a ton of time and boosts your productivity

How to add it
In the Slack App Directory, find and install the Screenshot Monitor app. After installation, go to the app’s home page and set the Screenshot Monitor token. Then, create a private channel and add the Screenshot Monitor app there. Congrats! Now you can see the screenshots in Slack.

You can find detailed instructions here

ScreenshotMonitor.com vs LumOffice.com

Both ScreenshotMonitor.com and LumOffice.com share the following features

  1. Collect screenshots, time worked, activity level, apps used & websites visited (and duration on each)
  2. Managers can see all the collected data via browser on the web
  3. No webcam pictures
  4. No key-logging
  5. Screenshots are taken from all monitors
  6. The programs are not hidden and can be uninstalled like any other software
  7. Users should be notified about tracking

The table below summarizes the differences between the two services

ScreenshotMonitor.comLumOffice.com
Has Start & Stop tracking buttons. No tracking unless started by user.Tracking is always running
Users can add notes and select a project they work on. Managers can then see times spent on each project in reportsUsers make no notes and do not select projects
Notifications are shown when screenshots are takenNo notifications when screenshots are taken
Users have full access to tracked dataUsers have no access to tracked data
Users can delete their screenshotsUsers can not delete their screenshots
Can be used to track time for multiple companies and for themselvesWill track time for one company only
Can be installed on any computerCan only be installed on company-owned computers only
Meant for remote employees & freelances where company allows full control on trackingMeant for office and remote employees with always-on tracking

Time tracking for WFH employees during the coronavirus outbreak

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, many employees will be working from home instead of the office. Therefore, it may be more difficult for many companies to stay profitable during this COVID-19 pandemic. How can managers ensure that employees stay productive when they telecommute? 

How to keep productivity when employees work from home

In some jobs, employee productivity can be measured based on results such as articles written or items sold. In these cases, it doesn’t matter if employees work from home or the office – they are paid for results. But for many employees, such as office clerks, customer service representatives, managers, bookkeepers and many others –  there are often no simple criteria to know if employees are being productive or if they are doing something else while being paid for their time. One of the ways to ensure productivity in such cases is to monitor employees. Because of the coronavirus, one of the most popular time tracking and screenshot monitoring services, ScreenshotMonitor.com is now offering their top-tier service free until June 2020 with an unlimited number of users.

How Screenshot Monitor works for WFH employees

Employees install an app on their computers and start time tracking when they start working and stop when they are done. A manager can open a browser and see what their employees were working on, their activity level and periodic screenshots of their monitors.

Also recorded are all of the programs their employees ran and websites they visited during time tracking

All of this gives managers a clear picture of where the time is spent. And for many employees, just the fact that their work could be reviewed may encourage them to focus more on their tasks.

How to overcome objections to screenshot monitoring when working from home

Ideally, your employees will realize that screenshot monitoring can be beneficial to all involved. However, you may initially encounter some resistance to this concept. Here are some answers to common objections:

It is not fair

When employees get paid for their time they exchange their time for a payment. It’s not unfair when employer wants clarify on what they are paying for.

It invades my privacy

The employees choose when to start and when to stop monitoring. Anything private that appears on an employee’s monitor can be deleted manually on the website.  

If you trust your employees – you won’t be using monitoring

“Trust, but verify” is a useful phrase in this context. Assure your employees that you do trust them, but that a level of verification is needed in order for you not to be completely blind as to what employees are working on.

My boss will want me to work 100% of time

Establish early on that you understand that your employees will need the same sort of breaks that they have in the office, such as getting coffee or going to the bathroom. Research suggests that employees are more productive when taking occasional brief breaks, so you are encouraged to keep this in mind when determining what percentage of productivity you expect from them.

Summary

Even if the coronavirus forced your company employees work from home – it is not a reason for their productivity to go down. Quite the opposite, with the right tools they may be more productive working from home and happier without a commute. And management can have a clearer picture where the resources are spent while saving money on keeping an office space.

Screenshot Monitor time tracking is free until June, to help businesses working remotely due to coronavirus

To help businesses track their employees’ time while they work remotely from home due to the coronavirus, Screenshot Monitor is letting employers use the top-tier version of their time-tracking software for free until June with the promo code COVID-19

The Professional time tracking plan  usually costs $6.99 per user per month and this is now free until June for an unlimited number of employees. Employees start and stop time tracking themselves and managers can see in real time their screenshots, total work time, activity level, applications run and websites visited and time spent on each. See How it works for more information.

To apply the promo code, start your free 2 week trial, go to My Account, and click “Upgrade to a Paid Plan”

 

Select “Professional Plan” and click on “Enter code” next to “Have a gift or promotional code?”

 

Enter COVID-19 as a promo code and hit “Apply code”

Alternatively, if you have a free account already, you can just follow the link below to get to the Upgrade page with the COVID-19 code applied:

https://screenshotmonitor.com/subscription/upgrade?promocode=COVID-19

Finish your upgrade to the Paid Plan. Your trial will be extended until June 2020. Enjoy!

 

Plans & Pricing

For how many users do I have to pay?

You will be charged for all team members on your Team page except archived. Account owners are free unless they track their own time. For example you have 6 people on your Team: 5 employees (1 of them archived) and yourself – you will be charged for 4 people assuming you do not track your own time.

The fees are prorated – if you add an employee for a week, then remove or archive them – you’ll pay for that week only, not month. You are free to add or delete employees, archive or restore them any time as you see fit.

Continue reading Plans & Pricing

How to

How to add employee?

Assuming you’ve started the free trial – go to your Team page, type the email into “Add new employee by email” box and press Invite button.
The new employee would receive an email asking them to sign in into ScreenshotMonitor.com with the email you’ve typed. Once they do – they become a part of your team and are able to track time for your company.
What if an employee has not received an email? There’s no need to “invite again” or resend the email – that email is optional. What important is the email address. Just ask the employee to sign up with that email and you will see them on your team. Continue reading How to

Getting Started

Explain ScreenshotMonitor in a few words please

ScreenshotMonitor is a time tracking / screenshot monitoring tool used by freelancers, remote and in-office employees to get a clear picture of time and money spent on each project, client and task. Employees start monitoring using a lightweight desktop application. The tracked time, screenshots, activity level, active applications & URLs, selected projects and task notes – are all uploaded online for both manager and employee to see. See How it works for more details. Continue reading Getting Started

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Is It Really That Serious?

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