How to successfully monitor your employees Internet usage

Monitoring internet usage at work might seem heavy handed or even draconian –  trying to curb personal internet usage and wasted time at work is generally hard to police.  Blocking particular websites, or tracking the sites visited by employees is usually problematic and most approaches don’t prevent wasted time.  Before we tell you why, consider the following…

This problem is HUGE. Wasted time at work is one of, if not the most important challenge facing companies all over the world. The cost to business each year is in the billions.

In an their annual “Wasting Time at Work” survey, found that sixty-four percent of respondents report wasting one hour or less each day, 22% waste approximately 2 hours daily, and 14% waste 3 or more hours each workday. Personal Internet use topped the list as the leading time-wasting activity according to 48 percent of respondents.

Time wasted at work

More recently, a UK based employment site surveyed 1,000 British workers and found that almost 6 percent of them spent over an hour a day using social media of some kind, including Facebook. This is roughly one-eighth of their workday. By extension, about 2 million of Britain’s 34-million-person workforce likely were doing the same, costing the British economy about 14 billion pounds in lost productivity.
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5 Reasons Why Most Time Tracking Software are Flawed

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New Time Usage Weekly Report Feature

Over the past few weeks we have been working on a reporting feature that shows you the type of applications used, as well as web sites visited during the week. Application usage is categorized to show the sort of applications that have been used (instead of time spent for each individual application).

Here is an example of what time usage report will look like:

This new report will be sent to managers for themselves containing data for everyone on their team, it will also be sent by default to all non-managers (without team data).

This is a great addition to Time Doctor reporting features as it allows you to zero in on exactly how your team has been spending their time (based on application and website usage), instead of just their reported tasks and priorities.

We decided to only include web sites visited for over 10 minutes in a 1 week period to reduce the amount of data for managers –  we wanted to make sure that we are helping you focus on the big picture instead of getting bogged down in too many details.

We hope you find this report useful and please send any feedback you have. I’m sure the report will continue to improve as we receive feedback over the next few weeks.

Time Doctor Tracks 100,000 Productive Hours

Time Doctor clocks 100,000 hoursIn just under an hour, Time Doctor will have tracked 100,000 productive working hours for over 30 companies and around 100 individual users. To put this into perspective, that’s around 26,000 hours of wasted or poor time use that has been negated (at least that’s what the research would suggest).

If you’re a business owner who hasn’t tried our software, and the majority of your staff are using computers – you should be asking yourself why your team isn’t using Time Doctor?

As an employer, you have the right to know that your staff aren’t cyber-slacking on the job. Apart from tracking productive time, Time Doctor will also save you time every day – reports are collated and delivered automatically and you can see what tasks each team member has been working on, and how long it took in one simple daily email report.

(There are many other productivity features that are too numerous to list here. Take a look at our product tour for more information about how this software can save your business time and money).

100,000 hours of tracked time represents a significant milestone for Time Doctor as we move toward an official release  (in the first half of next year). At the moment we are concentrating on some fine tuning before we start rolling out some new features including Freshbooks integration, an edit time feature, time usage reports and client / project tracking.

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