Mobile Apps | 13-12-2019 | Jason Cohen
Time management apps have revolutionized the workplace productivity. All because of self-regulation and centralization, as well as inherent and comfortable employee interfaces. It is now possible to get an accurate and reliable report on how our employees are spending their time.
But is time management all it developed to be? Of course, there are some obvious and definite advantages, but there are also some drawbacks as well, that should be kept in mind before implementing time tracking in our offices.
Pros of time tracker
Here are a few most prominent advances to note about time management apps.
● Culpability: Employee monitoring software holds our team liable for what they are supposed to be doing. If you have a team member who dreadfully wastes time or the one who spends a long time on one task, you as an employer will have the documented evidence that will help you to justify the action taken against it.
● Motivation: You can also use employee monitoring to motivate your team. With objective metrics, your team will have something specific to focus on. You can also assign a project of 15 hours to your team so that they will be motivated if they are able to complete it in less then 15 hours.
● Transparency: Employee tracking provides transparency to your company. Workers can get a better idea fo how they are currently performing and how they can improve it. A supervisor can get data that they need to see in the areas of weakness. Transparency leads towards a productive workplace, so it’s important to see the bright side.
● Analytics: Finally, employee tracking provides you with a high level of analytical functionality, that can help you to measure the value of the project in monetary terms as well. However, more information is never a bad thing to have on your side.
● Increase Productivity: Many employee tracking apps allow employees to see their productivity based on keystrokes and mouse activity. This employee is motivated to increase its productivity to rank higher in the department.
Cons of time tracking
With the pros, there are also some significant cons to keep in mind as well.
● Paranoia: Extravagant levels of workplace monitoring can be harmful to the worker’s sanity. They also may feel like all their activities are being monitored, and their environment has become less personal and welcoming due to this. Eventually, this phenomenon can result in lower performance and morale.
● Reliability: All employee monitoring software is not perfect. If your system goes down for a couple of hours, you might lose important information on crucial projects. In case your workers are not using that software regularly, you may lose high-quality data which is important to form a valid conclusion.
● Manipulation: Most employee tracking platforms provide employees the option of manually entering their time, or retroactively changing the time that was already logged.
● Discrimination: Any form of superior monitoring also inherits the risk of discrimination. If one of your employees takes a longer time to complete the task due to physical disability, you won’t be able to it against them legally. However, if they are consistently behind in terms of overall productivity. Exessive tracking can pose problems for you in the department.
● Can’t say “no”: Your employee might miss a deadline or an appointment because of working on other tasks as saying no will be tough for them. Such situations can twist life frictions.