• Virtual Employee Monitoring: A Review on Tools, Opportunities, Challenges, and Decision Factors

    Author(s):
    Sandeep Trivedi
    Contributor(s):
    Nikhil Patel (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Electronic monitoring in the workplace, Work environment
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/w3y1-ey42
    Abstract:
    There has been a significant reduction in human-to-human contact since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. Many workplaces have taken the initiative to allow staff to work from home. However, monitoring workers and determining whether or not they are executing the tasks assigned to them has proven to be a significant difficulty for all firms and organizations that facilitate Work From Home. Individual workers' hours of work, presence, and active, idle, and break periods are being automatically tracked. To increase accountability, the program may take computer screen captures at random or at predetermined intervals and check the remote team's online activity and analytics in real-time to see how they are spending their time and where they might improve. This research discusses the 4 popular mentoring tools, namely, Virtual time tracking (VTT), Random screen capture (RSC), Tracking of Websites and Apps, and Face Identification/biometrics. We also examined the opportunities these tools offer and the challenges they pose. Finally, we briefly outlined various decision factors before implanting remote employee monitoring. We argue that a firm must first assess the local legal framework before employing staff monitoring and should assess if their industry is conducive to monitoring. Finally, Employee monitoring will be effective only if the necessary information technology infrastructure is in place.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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