When it comes to employee tracking software, it’s kind of like a deal with the devil. While it can have its uses to be able to know what your employees are doing and when remotely, there are several downsides to this method, there are a number of drawbacks that make is far less than ideal. Yes, you can be sure that you’re getting what you pay for, but the problem is that, in the end, you’re actually losing money by treating employees as less than. Here are just some of the reasons employee tracking software can be bad for your business and how you might be able to implement it in a more useful manner.
First and foremost, let’s look at the cons. While, again, it can be reassuring to know what’s happening and when with your employees, one concern immediately crops up with any kind of surveillance, and that’s invasion of privacy. Privacy is important to people for a variety of reasons, and what little you can get at work, an inherently less than ideal, if not outright hostile, environment is all the more important. Even if employee tracking isn’t invasive, and it almost certainly would be, you still have to deal with the fact that knowledge of surveillance adds an extra stress factor your employees shouldn’t have to contend with. Stress can really do a number of the human mind and body, and even if you’re a soulless boss, devoid of compassion, you still have to care about this, because it reduces productivity and costs you money in the end. The best case scenario waiting at the end of this road is spending a bunch of money to train a replacement for each employee whose work suffers too much or quits to maintain sanity.
However, employee tracking software could potentially have a place in business that is less invasive and does more to make you money more efficiently. What I mean is that employees at work are, or should be, supervised already by other human beings. Their bosses, managers, etc. So, adding on a cold and impartial machine to the mix is bad business. However, when your employee goes on a business trip, the ability to (loosely) track their activity could be a huge benefit. We all know the benefits of being the one who gets to go on a business trip. You get to put all of your expenses on the company account, and that could be abused. Knowing when your employee picks up the Dollar rental car, how much they pay, and where they spend how much money in other scenarios could be invaluable in deterring exploitation of the company account.