Pros and cons of online Employee Tracking

Tracking of employees has become the latest security mode of the companies. Since, every company makes use of internet and has become online, the use of company resources for unprofessional resources has also increased. Some mischievous employees tend to download huge amount of data, thereby causing load on the servers, or downloading illegal stuff because of which company reputation is jeopardised. Hence, tracking of employees has been put in use. The company uses this policy, thereby they can calculate efficient working hours of employees, put a track on what content they use and how they perform. Thus, these software’s are known as online employee tracking.

The online employee tracking allows a business to track activities of employees and evaluate employee engagement in the tasks. Any business which employs this software measures productivity, track record, daily attendance, maintain security and maintain proof records of number of hours worked. Although, many methods have been employed such as Timesheet, clock in and out, log times etc, but usage of this software is more in demand. In fact, the first timesheet was developed in the year 1888. Hence, now with the use of employee tracking, the company can also understand about number of hours and hard time spent on a particular project. Thus, this method is not only beneficial for the company, but also for the employees.

Most of the online software tracking helps with the internet usage, emails, keystroke logging, computer screen recording (optional), time spent on use of phone, video or audio surveillance, GPS tracking in the vehicles(if company transport) and location tracking with the help of badges. These things help to make proper decisions for the manager. For the employees, it will help to raise your track record. On the contrary, the company or manager can determine about the exact salary for work performed, rates of the product, pre-evaluate size of the team, maintain work process and work flow without delays. Despite many benefits, the employee tracking is a topic of debate. While some feel it beneficial and some find it like a means of spying.

Advantages of Employee Tracking:

  • Less wastage of time
  • Fewer errors in deciding the efficiency of an employee
  • Increased security of employees; for instance against sexual harassment
  • More transparency within the team.
  • Less administrative work
  • Better delegation of work within the project

Disadvantages:

  • Builds stress in people
  • Employees feel it as a reason for lack of privacy
  • Effects the morale of employees