Why Monitoring Your Employees is a Good Idea for Them (and You)
A lot of women who own businesses don’t like the idea of monitoring their employees beyond ensuring that they come into work when they’re supposed to and meet all of those important deadlines. It can seem intrusive and micromanaging to keep a close eye on your staff, but it doesn’t have to be that way, and monitoring your employees can actually be a good thing for them and you.
The key is to ensure that any monitoring measures you set up are not to punish your employees or work them to death, but to help them do their jobs as efficiently as possible. If you let them know that you’re monitoring them so that you can put measures in place to make life easier for THEM, they’re much more likely to get on board and the benefits could be great…
Monitoring lets you make changes
One of the best things about using employee monitoring tools is that it helps you see the big picture.
You’ll discover things like when your staff are most productive and which tools help them to be more efficient. This will help you and that will enable you to change your business’s working practices so that you can make life easier for your staff, while also improving productivity. For example, if you find that employees are not particularly productive between 9-11 am or 5-6 pm, you could shorten the working day from 9-6 to 11-5 enabling employees to have a shorter day, while keeping productivity levels high. That’s got to be a win-win!
Once you have employee monitoring capabilities in place, you can more easily allow staff to work from home or work outside of office hours, which means that they can live a more flexible life, while you can cut down on office costs, and ensure that your employees are doing the work they have been paid to do. Remote working seems to be the way the world is going and employee monitoring measures will help you to adapt to that all the sooner.
A safer working environment
Monitoring employees can also help to keep them safe. For example, if your business happens to employ delivery drivers, you will know that there are strict rules around how much they can drive. Using a tachograph, providing your follow the tachograph rules, can help you to keep track of their time on the road, work out more efficient routes, and keep them safe.
Employees can be paid what they’re worth
When employees are monitored, real data is gathered on them in the workplace. This means that they will have facts and figures at their disposal when the time comes to discuss the possibility of a raise. No longer will they, or you, have to rely on impressive and intangible guesswork — you’ll have the proof you both need to negotiate a fair salary.