To decide whether or not to install a time tracker one needs to answer the following questions:
1- Are you sure that all the employees spend their working time productively?
2- Is it possible to work more effectively than now?
3- Compare possible losses with the cost of a time tracker.
After considering the answers a manager will be able to make the informed decision.
How does a time tracker work?
The program counts work time of employees (both in office and remote), logs time clock, early leave, interruptions, distractions, keeps a record of absenteeism and tardiness, identifies office slackers and, conversely, workaholics. Functions provided by different time trackers vary considerably. Some developers prefer to go the path of espionage and add tracking via webcam, screenshots, key logging, mouse clicks, and scrolling. Others prefer a more loyal approach without interfering in the private lives of employees. Such time trackers count the time spent on various resources. Applications and websites are then divided into productive and unproductive categories. Depending on a department, the time tracker calculates the percentage of productive time for each employee, as well as for departments, units and the entire organization. Some developers include email alerts on violations of labor discipline into the functionality of their system.
Modes of operation
Most time trackers have two modes of operation: Stealth mode is used to see how employees use work time, not knowing that they are under the supervision. Open mode means that employees are told about the time tracker and are explained what performance indicators are measured and how the statistics is used in calculating their wages.
Time trackers are used by companies that seek to improve the efficiency of its staff; by business leaders who see the problems and try to solve them quickly; by managers who want to find reserves of productivity.