Well, those days are over! With modern-day computer monitoring software, your boss can now know exactly what you’re doing every moment of the day, whether you’re across the hall, or across town. That’s because companies are installing software to track how productive workers are, by logging keystrokes, tracking billable hours, or tracking which websites they visit, and for how long. Some programs even track how quickly you respond to emails, phone calls, and instant messages.
That means, with the click of a mouse, or a quick glance at a weekly summary, managers can tell which employees are actually working when they’re supposed to. They can tell which workers are the most efficient, and which workers need help. They also know exactly which workers are wasting time, and how much. In fact, one of the favorite charts among managers is a list of the “top Facebook users,” basically the employees who waste the most time on Farmville or stalking their ex.
But the fact is, most employees don’t mind that their boss is tracking their activity, because they’re not doing anything they shouldn’t be. And they appreciate having the flexibility to work from home. In fact, several companies who use monitoring software have seen a rise in employee satisfaction.
The employees who don’t like tracking software are usually the slackers, and are most likely to get fired.