The pandemic has made the remote working style quite dominant in recent times due to the increasing number of restrictions put forward by the lockdown conditions. It is very common for managers to be worried about the management of the remote team since sales form a very important role in the smooth functioning of the business. The managers must be aware of the working of the sales department even in remote conditions to prevent any difficulties that are likely to arise. There are many alternatives available to the managers by which they can ensure effective monitoring of the employees even while working in the remote mode.
Ways to ensure effective employee monitoring
- Monitoring the screen activities of the user: Employees can indulge in spending their active time on many distractions that can reduce their efficiency. When their activities are being monitored, it gives them a sense of awareness to be more responsible with their duties. The method of monitoring of remote employees can be made quite easier using many software applications that help the managers to monitor their activities with ease.
- Recording of employee’s computer screens: Recording of the activities the user engages in without the awareness of the user can help the managers to measure the productivity of the employees and help to provide the necessary corrections
- Self-monitoring platforms: The employees can be given an effective option to monitor their productivity and make the necessary corrections to their daily schedules themselves
- Remote control of the screens: Getting control of the employees’ screens can be quite useful and help the team leaders as well to monitor the performance of the employees.
- Productivity monitoring apps: There are many applications available that help the managers to ensure the productivity of their employees and they often give instant notification to the team controller and hence help them to monitor their employees closely.
The pros and cons of employee monitoring can be many and it can prove to be harmful if the employees get too much concerned about the increased monitoring done by their supervisors. Although the main purpose behind the concept of employee monitoring was brought to improve the overall productivity of the employees during remote conditions, too much of anything can harm the employees since it will not provide a free atmosphere for them to finish their work and hence can recoil back and affect the entire growth of the organization as well.
Small breaks and short time of inactiveness can be allowed because the employees are also getting adapted to the remote style gradually, so they must be given room for correction rather than imposing strict and controlled monitoring on the employees which can, in turn, affect their overall efficiency. The ultimate aim of monitoring must be to ensure their productivity at the same time, it must provide a pressure-free atmosphere to work since restrictive work conditions can prove harmful to their working capacity.