Working from home has become a trend in recent years especially during pandemic. Despite its popularity, the practice has brought new challenges for managers who now have to manage teams remotely. If you are a manager facing this problem, you can make your work easier in several ways. One of the ways is by ensuring you have the tools to monitor remote employees.
Critics argue that monitoring remote teams creates distrust, where workers feel like their employer does not trust them to work and deliver as expected. While this might be true, it is worth noting that the advantages of this practice outweigh the disadvantage.
But which are these benefits that you as a manager and the whole company get to enjoy?
Among the challenges faced by remote employees are distractions. Most of them work from home where there are other family members with varying needs. As a result, an employee is likely to abandon their desk several times a day to care for their loved ones. In other cases, some workers decide to go out during working hours and engage in other personal activities.
With all these distractions, remote employees are likely to spend less time working, affecting their performance and that of the whole organization. This is where monitoring becomes necessary.
As a manager, you can log in to the monitoring system at any time to check whether a given individual is working on their desk. You can also do many other things such as employee tracking to determine factors such as the number of hours they have worked in a day.
The result is increased productivity since employees, knowing they are being monitored; avoid any distraction that might require them to leave their desks. They then work for the required hours and meet their daily, weekly, or monthly targets.
Accurate and Detailed Performance Review
Measuring the performance of a remote employee can be a challenge. This is because it becomes difficult to determine the output of a given member and compare it with those of others. As a result, it becomes impossible to provide accurate and detailed performance feedback.
Remote monitoring offers a solution to this problem. The proper monitoring system will collect and store data about each employee. The information can include the total hours worked in a month, the time they spent with clients, and the conversion rate.
With such information, it becomes easy to measure the output of a worker. You can then provide the correct performance feedback. You can also use the information to appreciate hardworking employees in various ways, such as offering bonuses or promotions.
Monitoring of remote employees is necessary for any organization for two main reasons.
First, it leads to increased productivity. This is because it becomes possible for managers to conduct various processes such as employee tracking that encourages workers to focus on their duties. Secondly, monitoring makes it possible for managers to provide accurate and detailed performance feedback.