Category Archives: Time 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!

 

10 Awesome Benefits of Time-Tracking Software You Might Not Be Realizing

10 Awesome Benefits of Time Tracking Software

To track or not to track – that’s the question most freelancers and their clients ask themselves now and then. For us, it’s not even a question and these benefits of time tracking software will show you why.

Before we start off, let’s define what “time tracking software” is.

Time tracking software is a piece of software (typically, a desktop and/or mobile app) that tracks the time, manpower, and resources spent on a particular task (tasks) by an employee or a group of employees.

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5 Must-Have Features for Any Employee Timesheet Software

Tracking the time of your employees is crucial for the efficiency of your business processes. Choosing the right employee timesheet software is just as important. In this article, we will explain how to do it.

Time is money – this proverb has never been so true when it comes to time-tracking software. The Internet has given us, business owners, a lot of possibilities and at the same time posed quite a few new challenges.

One of the possibilities is to employ freelance specialists from pretty much anywhere in the world with the right set of skills and for a reasonable price.

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Employee monitoring - is it good or bad?

Employee Monitoring: Weighing the Pros & Cons

Employee monitoring is a hot topic among employers with a workforce that includes remote workers and freelancers. ABC News reported in 2017 that 78% of major U.S. companies monitored employees’ use of e-mail, Internet or telephone. Given the right context, employee monitoring technology yields improved worker productivity. On the other hand, there can be serious repercussions if the workers reject it due to privacy concerns. This post explains the pros and cons of employee monitoring, and gives you some insights on how to decide whether the technology is right for your business.

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Is Employee Monitoring Ethical?

Letter to freelancers who dislike screenshot monitoring

Hi! I am Ross. I am one of the creators of Screenshot Monitor.  I would like to address the small but loud group of freelancers who take a high moral stance against using screenshot monitoring. For example I’ve recently stumbled on this conversation on Reddit about our service (the highlights are mine):

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Introducing the “Pay Per Project” Feature to Screenshot Monitor

Switch between various hourly rates for the same employee and calculate the pay in an instant.

Most projects nowadays require specialists with a varied set of skills. Developers can sometimes act as project managers, graphic designers may also be capable of some front-end development, copywriters are often quite knowledgeable about SMM, and so on.

Acting in a different capacity other than your main profession has become a norm for most projects in the IT industry, especially when it comes to freelance work or projects whose members are spread across several cities or even countries.

However, when it comes to tracking the working hours and calculating the pay for these specialists with multiple roles in the project, most time-tracking tools fail to deliver the proper solution – unlike Screenshot Monitor.

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How to add time tracking to your Virtual Staffing/Freelancing website for free

This article has a very small target audience. If you have a website where you help your customers find temporary remote employees like upwork.com or freelancer.com but smaller – this article is for you, otherwise you’d probably be better off reading about something else.

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A case study on sharing tracked time & screenshots with client

In freelancing clients often request from freelancers to use time tracking / screenshot monitoring services. Even if clients do not require that – there are still many reasons for a freelancer to use such services – clients will value it. Lets see how a freelancer can track time for himself, and then share the time and screenshots with client.

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Should freelancer send screenshots when tracking time?

Freelancers usually work from home and clients receive the results remotely. Since there is no physical monitoring, clients often want to use time tracking and screenshot monitoring software to supervise freelancers. While time tracking is very common, screenshot monitoring is still often met with fierce resistance by some freelancers. Should you resist or embrace screenshot monitoring? What are the Pros and Cons?

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