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Compare Screen Monitoring Software for Remote Teams

There are a few screen monitoring software tools on the market that will help you determine what your employees are working on at any given point in time.

In this article, we will introduce you to five such tools and give you the pros and cons of each tool.

After you check out these tools, be sure to learn why most screenshot monitoring tools don’t work.  That way you can make an informed decision.

Time Doctor

Time Doctor (that’s us) is a complete screen monitoring solution that you can use to track how your employees are spending their work day.  This is a critical feature because it allows you to determine if an employee is using an application that automatically moves the mouse without them being present at their computer or laptop.Time Doctor’s screen monitoring solution comes equipped with keyboard and mouse recording.  That way you know whether or not a user is actually working to their fullest capability to complete a given task.

TimeCamp

TimeCamp is a very good screen monitoring software tool with a multitude of integrations to connect to. However, TimeCamp does not record keyboard and mouse activity like Time Doctor does. So there are ways that your employees and freelancers can “trick” the system.  TimeCamp allows the user to automatically track time, which means it requires very little interaction from the user.

ActivTrak

ActivTrak is a freemium based solution that purports to block certain websites that the manager of the company wishes to keep his or her employees from visiting.  However, because ActivTrak doesn’t have a custom tasks and projects and real time vs. manual differentiation, this is relatively easy for employees to circumnavigate. It can be run invisibly and is effective  as long as you don’t need any mobile apps or integrations (See Time Doctor for why this is important). Teams under five users are free, with limited features.

Screenshot Monitor

This is a lightweight freemium version tool that allows you to capture screenshots as well as monitor web and app activity of your employees.  However, there are no integrations.  So if your team spends most of it’s time in JIRA or Basecamp or Github completing projects, you won’t be able to read the data from the project tool.  You will need to export it to a csv.

Staff.com

Tools like Time Doctor, TimeCamp, and ActivTrak are good for remote workers who should be able to stop tracking time whenever they wish.  But for employees working on premise on company hardware, a continuous background monitoring solution is more appropriate because spending lots of time on personal activities is not expected.  Unlike these other applications, Staff.com works behind the scenes and doesn’t require user input of any kind to operate.  It’s always on.  Staff.com can be interactive, but most companies make use of it’s silent mode to monitor and rate the websites and applications that employees use over time.  It has a very strong API that lets you build out custom, fully automated solutions for almost any tool.

Using Time Doctor as employee monitoring software

Time Doctor is designed for improving productivity rather than just monitoring workers. Monitoring is useful but it’s only a part of what is needed to improve productivity.

Our software includes: priority tracking, screenshot monitoring, monitoring web sites visited and applications used on the computer and time tracking.

The software automatically puts users on a break if they move away from the computer. This means that time tracked for your remote working team will be accurate.

There are also project management features under development where you can quickly allocate tasks to users (faster than any existing web based project management software).

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