If you manage a team that telecommutes, you will want to make sure that your team is productive. The good thing is, there are many types of software that you can use to manage a remote team and ensure that they are working.
For example, these are issues you can solve with software:
There are a lot of options if you need a software to track attendance in an office environment. However, if you are managing telecommuters your options are quite limited. In telecommuting, the best software should be able to:
Time Doctor (our software) provides all of these requirements. We’re obviously biased in our assessment so you should do your own research. However we have not found ANY software other than our own that truly fulfils all of the above requirements.
Telecommuters have the disadvantage of not being able to walk over to their co-workers desk and discuss issues face-to-face. Telecommuting can have certain productivity advantages (less distractions from their co-workers and unnecessary meetings). However it can also cause some difficulties in communication that you will need to overcome.
Here are some options for solving and compensating for these difficulties:
One of the primary reasons why businesses are hesitant to allow workers to telecommute is that they simply don’t fully trust that they will be productive when working from home. This is an understandable and valid concern for many workers. This means that it’s critical to utilize a software designed for monitoring productivity.
Time Doctor is designed specifically for monitoring productivity for teleworkers. It allows you to see websites visited when the person is working (but not when they are on a break). Also it has the option of providing screenshots of the worker’s computer screen.
Monitoring productivity and time worked is commonplace in an office environment. In a telecommuting environment, Time Doctor is the best option for monitoring productivity when managing teleworking professionals.
Some great project management options for teleworkers are: Asana, Basecamp and Teambox. Good quality project management software helps you to keep track of all your tasks and projects and keep everyone in the same virtual environment, with a record of all of your discussions.