Archive for March, 2012
It seems like anywhere we go or whatever we do these days, we are being monitored and tracked. Soon the monitoring and tracking could come to your work computer.
A program called WorkMeter allows managers to track what websites employees log onto, what programs they use and how productive employees are as they go about their days.
“The idea behind WorkMeter is not about spying. The idea is to build a database or look at a performance of an employee from a time management perspective,” said Andre Angel, the Chairman of WorkMeter.
Angel said WorkMeter worked best when managers included employees in the process.
“Nobody is doing anything malicious. Employees want to work, want to improve what they’re doing, and if you give them that feedback, they improve,” Angel told CW 33 News.
Chris Lawson, the CEO of the staffing company The Eli Daniel Group in Allen, Texas, recently installed WorkMeter. Employees at first were less than enthused about the new software.
“I was a little concerned at first because I really thought it was going to be Big Brotherish, Chris and management looking over your shoulder wanting to know what you are doing every moment,” said Kendra Fox.
But the Eli Daniel Group included employees from the start, allowing each person to follow their own productivity with a dashboard on their computer.
“It’s not like it is me over your shoulder wondering what you are doing all of the time. It gives the individual the real time information,” said Lawson.
Fox believed WorkMeter was only as successful as how it was implemented.
“As long as they explain it right and kind of pitch it the right way and make sure their employees are on board and kind of including them in the process, then I think people will be OK with it,” said Fox.