With the rise of online work-from-home jobs and freelancing, our concept of a workplace is steadily changing. Today, our notion of a traditional workplace can differ from the rooms full of individual cubicles that we were used to. HubStaff, a software from a firm of the same name established in the United States, offers its services for traditional, remote, or even entirely online workplaces.
An employee monitoring software is used to monitor whether or not employees are keeping on with their responsibilities, as well as screen and look out for unwanted or illegal activity. Apart from monitoring behavior, it may also be used to manage any type of workplace and make it more productive.
Monitor Productivity and Improve Coordination with HubStaff Previous Versions of Hubstaff
HubStaff includes the features that you would expect from an employee monitoring software such as:
Online Activity Monitoring:
All of us know full well that social media kills productivity. All too often, a few swipes on any social networking app will wind up consuming hours of our time, even in the workplace. Checking up on important notifications from time to time is acceptable, but it is helpful if managers know when it’s becoming a problem. HubStaff can help monitor if employees use an excessive amount of social media and other applications that hamper productivity.
HubStaff can pay attention to the websites (and even the url of the specific page) that workers see during work hours, in addition to the time they spend on it. Traffic from applications may also be tracked and the time spent on them is also listed.
The data is displayed neatly, and supervisors can see the page name of the visited pages, the url, and the time spent, all in a single glance. They can also go to the links displayed to verify if workers really are letting time slide on websites unrelated to work.
Tracking individual displays is too much of a hassle and can be very awkward if done personally. But then, it is necessary for when a remote workplace setup is in order where it’s impossible to manage employees in person.
HubStaff has a feature that can enable managers to take screenshots of the employees’ screens at a customizable time interval, with 10 minutes as the default. If it sounds too much of an invasion of privacy, then it could be set to have the screenshots be partly blurred. This way, managers can determine if employees are working in their desks rather than playing games or watching movies, without exposing potential sensitive information.
It must be noted that workers would know that this feature is activated on their screens. Employees would also have the ability to look at the screenshots taken from their screens just so they’ll be assured that this feature is implemented only for reasons related to work.
That said, this still has an influence on the behavior of employees as knowing that their screens are monitored is enough of a reason for them to execute their tasks.
Monitor Activity on Computer Peripheral Devices
In standard office setups, the sound of keyboard strokes and mouse clicks can be enough of a measure of worker activity. HubStaff can detect keyboard strokes and mouse interaction and detect times of inactivity where none of these instances are present.
HubStaff can then compare the overall time where the mouse or keyboard is active to the total time spent working. HubStaff believes a productivity rate of at least 60% as a good sign. Productivity rates of less than 60% can indicate that a worker is taking too much time on the desk doing nothing, or if a worker is doing too slowly.
The dashboard for this tool displays the productivity rate of every member of the group. In this way, the tool can also be used to see how many members of this team are working on a project at a specified time.
Work Limit Monitoring Previous Versions of Hubstaff
Working overtime is also becoming more of a standard, even so in countries like Japan where it is an unofficial standard. Reasons can vary from employees wanting to finish their jobs early, catch up on jobs, and some are only workaholics who wish to be working as much as possible.
However, it has been proven that too much work can be detrimental as creativity and productivity declines without enough rest. There’s a good reason why there’s a standard 8 hours of work each day.
HubStaff can help managers track if employees are working a lot of hours each week. They could set the maximum time every week that workers can stay logged on for work. After the maximum time has been reached, then the time tracking tool stops. This way, workaholic tendencies are suppressed, and that employees won’t be given the incentive to put in too much time to work and sacrifice personal and rest time.
Monitor the Location of Workers
Managers working with remote teams might find it tough to communicate and coordinate the team. Some employees may be jumping from place to place for work, and even be operating from cafes or other workstations.
Setting up unplanned meetings can be hard if employees are commuting from one place to another, or if they are doing field work.
Members of the team can install HubStaff on their smartphones so that the employee place monitoring feature can be used. With this, managers and team leaders can track the location of the members during work hours.
HubStaff can display how much time employees spend on commuting between places and how long is spent on each location. From these data, managers can determine the best time to do quick meetings.
As this needs employees to install HubStaff in their phones, this can be seen as overly intrusive of a tool. However, same as the principles on iOS and Android programs, employees will know exactly when their locations are being monitored.
Project Progress Monitoring
HubStaff lets the whole team report on the progress of their tasks. HubStaff can then use this to offer a report on the status of each job on a weekly basis. On the team dashboard, managers can see each individual employee’s working hours and a summary of the completed and uncompleted tasks. The dashboard also shows whether employees are online.
Payroll, Timesheets, and other Miscellaneous Features Previous Versions of Hubstaff
Aside from tracking employee productivity, HubStaff can also make it easier for managers and admins to handle payrolls and manage accounts.
Timesheet and Payroll Management
HubStaff can be a virtual check-in and check-out mechanism for companies. And, better than conventional systems where timesheets can be cheated, the HubStaff timesheet tool can record the first keyboard stroke or mouse activity of the day for each worker.
Managers can also pause the machine manually for breaks.
With HubStaff, maintaining a record of working hours and salaries is also made simpler. HubStaff’s citizenship handling tool can determine each employee’s payout depending on the hours logged for them. By linking their paypal accounts with HubStaff, then payment transfers are made simple. Cash transfers for payroll can even be automatically set to weekly, monthly, or on a set interval.
Job Tracking for Customers Previous Versions of Hubstaff
Being transparent to clients is key for establishing trust for your company. HubStaff makes it effortless to communicate with customers, as well as assure them that things are moving as agreed upon.
HubStaff makes it easy for clients to take a peek into the progress of jobs. This can be simply accomplished by adding clients into the members tab. From there, they can see the stages of the project, in addition to the pending and completed tasks.
Third party Software Integration
HubStaff can integrate nicely with other project monitoring tools including but not limited to Asana and Trello. This is good news for business owners that are already using other project management applications.
You may be asking yourself if using HubStaff to handle employees can be counterproductive as it may make an atmosphere of distrust between managers and staff members. To ease your mind, you can be certain that HubStaff lets the whole team know of the entire monitoring system. Employees can be sure that their activities are monitored only during work hours, and exactly how they are being tracked.
However, as a company owner or manager, it is your responsibility to let your employees know beforehand that your workplace will be implementing HubStaff. Additionally, HubStaff should only be installed on the devices necessary for work where it would make sense to have implement a monitoring system.
To put it simply, HubStaff is a tracking system rather than a surveillance system. Employees can be certain that only the instances of the keystrokes and mouse activity are listed, and not the actual keystroke that they register. HubStaff will not let managers and admins know just what their workers are typing.
HubStaff has three paid plans that charge a fixed price per user per month. The Basic plan costs $10, while the Premium and Enterprise plans cost $10 and $20 respectively.
Just the Premium and Enterprise plans unlock features related to payroll administration. The enterprise feature comprises fleet monitoring and even a concierge account.
For those people who are willing to pay on an annual basis, then the price per person per month of their paid plans will be slashed down to $5, 8$, and $16, respectively.
Verdict Previous Versions of Hubstaff
You can be sure that HubStaff can flawlessly perform the job that it promises to do. The user interface is clean and intuitive, and is not in any way confusing, requiring only minimal orientation for workers not knowledgeable about the software.
However, it has to be said that not all businesses might benefit fully from using HubStaff. HubStaff is specially suited to modern desk tasks, and for projects where team members use computers for the majority of their time. Take jobs that require a lot of reading for example, where employees might appear to be inactive based on computer interaction. The software might say that they are inactive, but they just might be at the top of a reading assignment in reality
Business owners should also not completely rely on the data that HubStaff collects to determine if their employees are being productive or not. HubStaff is simply a project management software using tools and features that can allow you to gauge the performance of employees and other members of the group. This is certainly not a virtual or artificial intelligence workplace manager.
All the same, HubStaff collects data seamlessly, and we all know that data helps you run your business effectively.
FAQ Previous Versions of Hubstaff
Q: Where do the screenshots go?
A: HubStaff shops the screenshots and other information using Amazon AWS.
Q: Is there a maximum number of group members that can use HubStaff?
A: The paid plans have a minimum of 2 users and cap of 350 users.
Q: Why is implementing HubStaff in companies completely legal?
A: HubStaff has complete legal permissions for use, and resources regarding them are available on their website. However, these are just based on United States laws. It is best to check with a lawyer for international users.
Q: Can employees choose when they’re being monitored?
A: Yes, employees can manually start and finish HubStaff monitoring and have it run in the background. HubStaff does not collect any data once tracking ends.