Pros and Cons of Employee Monitoring Software
Pros and Cons of Employee Monitoring Software

Whether you have a growing remote workforce or want a little more intel on how your employees are performing, there are various monitoring software products out there that can help you get the job done. If you are thinking of investing in a monitoring software, but have a few concerns, no worries! We did the homework for you.

What is Employee Monitoring?

Employee Monitoring Software provides activity monitoring capabilities so that you have full insight into what your employees are doing on their devices. Although there are many advantages of employee monitoring, this product is not for everyone. Therefore, it’s best to weigh the pros and the cons to make the best decision for your business.

Cons:

Negative Feelings

Although the objective of employee monitoring isn’t to invoke one's privacy, it sure can come across that way initially. If employees feel like their business doesn’t trust them as much, this can reduce their levels of trust in return. It’s important to be as honest and upfront with your intentions to prevent these distasteful feelings from affecting your employees. 

Extra Cost

Another thing that can stop a business from investing in employee monitoring, is the idea of tacking on another cost. Although investing in employee monitoring means that you are ultimately paying for another product, depending on your company priorities, that cost may or may not be worth it. Therefore, it’s best to determine your goals and from there, make a conclusion.

Legality

One show stopper can be whether or not you can legally monitor your employees. Depending on your state, the laws may be different, but for the most part workplace monitoring is fully legal when it comes to work computers and other work devices. Once again, giving your employees full transparency is always the best policy both ethically and to avoid any legality concerns.

Pros:

More Productivity

For most employees, once they know they are being monitored, it reminds them to stay focused on their tasks. No one wants evidence against their work ethic, so knowing their company does have insight into their activity can be a great motivator. It also gives you a better idea as a manager of how your employees are working together and see if there is any room for improvement.

Long-Term Savings

Although any new product adds an additional cost, this investment can help you save money in the long-run. This is because you will have insight into different expenses you may not have even realized you were paying for. This can include anything from employee downtime to potential theft.

Aid Cybersecurity

Employee monitoring actually has the ability to provide a more secure environment for your company. Unfortunately, many phishing scams are targeted at employees and have the capabilities of impacting the entire network. Employee monitoring software has the ability to notice these threats before they reach the employee or send alerts when a certain user accesses information that they are not supposed to.

Nutmeg Technologies is an IT managed service provider based out of Windsor, CT. We are happy to assist companies who are looking to have in-office or remote workforce through secure technology. Contact us to today to find a product that best suits your company’s needs.