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11 Tools to Help You Keep Track of Your Remote Employees

11 Tools to Help You Keep Track of Your Remote Employees

As the workforce continues to grow and change, so does the kind and location of employees. Outsourcing and telecommuting are quickly becoming a normal part of the workday. But, as an employer, it can be difficult to keep an eye on your employees if they don’t (or can’t) come into the office. How can you be sure that they’re working and not watching funny videos all day?

While it’s definitely important to trust your employees, you can also have the additional security of knowing when they’re working for you. Here are eleven tools to help you monitor your staff even when you don’t work in the same place.

1. Google+ Hangouts

This is a common option because the name will be easily recognized, virtually anyone can have access to it and it’s also a free service. There are limits to this service, however, one of which is an occupant max per conference call.  This is also a great option because of how flexible and well-known the brand is. You can coordinate meetings and conference calls across the various mobile platforms, both on Android or iPhone.

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2. Ximble

With a low monthly cost and various features, Ximble is a great choice for employee tracking. There is multilanguage support so you can communicate across countries. There is a feature that allows you to complete your staff payroll easily and without any extra hassle. They offer a mobile component so you can be aware of any changes or issues even if you are on the go.

3. Freckle

If you don’t want to add any clutter to your computer, this is a great piece of software. Operating out of your web browser, Freckle lets you track projects, remote employee time usage and create invoices to better organize your workspace. They also offer a free trial so you can test it before you commit.

4. LiquidPlanner

This software specializes in project portfolio management and individual project tracking. When your employees are working, they have the option of either running a real-time clock or entering their time manually. It also utilizes a timesheet feature, which lets you combine multiple, repeated tasks so you can be better records.

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5. WORKetc

This web-based tool is actually a combination of systems. This software manages projects, billing, sales and other tasks. This program also lets you be as free with your own telecommuting as your employees. You can access the software wherever you are so you can follow your employees as they work.

6. Trigger

Trigger is a time-tracking software that also has tables meant for client information tracking. If you’re in sales, your team can create different categories and manage their information. Using the different color grids, which will let you track your employees easily by name and picture. It’s also one of the cheaper options.

7. iDoneThis

If you’re looking for a tracker that doesn’t require your constant attention, this is it. This software tracking system allows you to get updates without any extra typing or input. Your remote employees are required to submit an email that lists their daily completed tasks. The email is automatically sent to you for review, with the compiled data from each worker. By having each worker input what they actually completed versus just how much time was used, you can track achievements too.

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8. Timely

Boasting an easy-to-use interface, Timely is one of the best time monitoring apps. Instead of a general time clock, it has project-specific trackers. This way you’ll be able to learn how much time you need for a project. There is also the useful feature of email notification, which will alert you in case the project clock is still going.

9. MySammy

MySammy is another of the more in-depth trackers available. It doesn’t have cursor tracking but instead uses a bar graph to represent productivity. It displays productively used time in green and other, less work-related time in red. What’s nice is that what gets the red or green placement is entirely up to you. They offer a month-long free trial and have one of the cheaper payment options.

10. TSheets

One of the hassles of remote employees is coordinating their available schedules. You also have to worry about managing pre-work punch-ins and post-shift punch outs. TSheets has more than one option for your employees to record their time so you’ll always be up to date with this information.

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11. Worksnaps

This is another time-tracking software choice for those who need more frequent and more detailed status updates. Along with time, this will what your employees type as well as mouse movements. It takes screenshots every ten minutes and also makes a list of which applications your employees are using.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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