Improving Productivity When Working From Home August 1st, 2012
There are many benefits of working from home and most people feel privileged to have the opportunity to do so. One problem however may be keeping yourself on task. It’s easy to allow yourself to take a nap or run an errand in between tasks. In order to tackle this problem and help keep managers in the know about how their employees are spending their time, computer monitoring programs are becoming increasingly popular.
These programs give employers the ability to look at which websites their employees are using and for how long. Other manager use shared calendars and often documents to set deadlines and track employee progress through projects. Still others use video conferencing systems to gain virtual facetime. Some companies have even begun monitoring the computers of not only those who work from home but also those who work in the office. All of these tactics combined allow companies to ensure that working from home is similar to working in the office.
Computer monitoring software has also allowed companies to ensure that their sensitive information remains secure.
In addition it allows employers to spot employees who really need their help. The programs aren’t meant to keep those who work from home chained to their desks all day, they're expected to take breaks every once in awhile and to complete some non-business related tasks as well. This is only natural as those who work in the office are allowed to do the same.
Experts predict that up to sixty percent of employers will embrace the use of these types of technologies by the year 2015 a drastic increase from the current ten percent of employers utilizing computer monitoring software. In order to ensure employee privacy employers are being warned that they need to inform employees of that they’re tracking their internet usage, and employers should limit themselves to only tracking work-related activities.
One reason for the predicted increase is the increase in the number of people who work from home part of the time. Many employees are now being given the opportunity to work from home a few times a month, often once a week and even part of the day.
Many employers are alternatively planning on sticking with tracking progress not time. These companies set goals for their employees and expect them to achieve them. Often employees will beat these deadlines. Moreover these companies find that it has led to less employee turnover.
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