Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, many businesses were forced to embrace remote work. But even though the lockdowns are now being gradually lifted, quite a few companies have decided to continue to allow their employees to work from home.
As a matter of fact Gartner released a report that showed the number of CFOs and company leaders in favor of remote working has between April and June. In short, the current state of affairs seems to have acted as a catalyst that normalizes remote work.
However if remote work is going to become the norm, it is important that businesses find long-term strategies and solutions to maintain and boost productivity.
New Tools to Keep Tabs on Employees
The key to keeping a remote team productive is to embrace new tools that allow you to keep tabs on your employees and monitor what they’re doing. And that is exactly where remote worktime monitoring comes into play.
By using remote employee monitoring software, you’ll be able to gather real data about your remote workers’ activities. Tools like Controlio will not only help you to determine whether they’re working or not, but also let you identify bottlenecks, performance gaps, and other issues that may affect productivity.
Of course on top of that you will also be able to find out if any time is being wasted on social media, or any other apps that may affect productivity.
To put it simply, you can analyze and learn from the data that you obtain when monitoring your remote workers. The data can be correlated against key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide you with a more in-depth understanding of how effectively remote workers spend their time.
Naturally that data can then be used to take proactive measures that could help improve the efficiency and overall productivity of remote workers on an individual basis.
Must Be Implemented in the Right Way
Although remote worktime monitoring is the key to improving the productivity of remote workers – it must be implemented in the right way for it to be successful. If it isn’t it could lead to mistrust, which will end up being counterproductive.
The first thing that you need to do is be completely open with your employees about the fact that they are being monitored. Explain to them exactly how the remote worktime monitoring is going to work, and what it will (and won’t) encompass.
At the same time you should also highlight the reasons why worktime monitoring is important, and how it will benefit remote workers. In this case you can go over how the data from Controlio will help prevent unmanageable workloads, make performance reviews more objective, and be used to give incentives and rewards to workers.
It would be best to come up with a comprehensive written policy that covers every aspect of the monitoring. That includes what activities will be monitored, how they’ll be monitored, and how the data will be used. It should also cover privacy issues, and explain what measures will be taken to ensure that personal data is protected.
If you’re able to do all that, your written policy will be able to act as the foundation for a long-term strategy using worktime monitoring to boost productivity.
By this point it should be clear how remote worktime monitoring using Controlio can help to evaluate and improve productivity. Its features will give you the means to track the activity of remote workers, categorize, and gather crucial data.
However in order for worktime monitoring to be effective, you need to be open about it. If you are you should be able to reap the benefits that it affords without running into any issues. In fact you may find that your remote teams end up being far more productive than normal employees once you start to use worktime monitoring as a management tool.
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