I'm like any other business owner, I don't want to be the biggest jerk in the world. However, I also don't want my employees messing around all day long.
I'm like any other business owner, I don't want to be the biggest jerk in the world. However, I also don't want my employees messing around all day long. The long and short of it is that when we installed the iMonitor software (http://www.imonitorsoft.com/), it immediately caused an uptick in our productivity. It may sound impossible, but we just told the employees we were going to start using it and productivity skyrocketed. While it might seem like a good way to "catch" employees behaving badly, I'm not really interested in that. The investment in the iMonitor felt no different to me than the cop who sits on the side of the road but never clocks anybody.
We had a staff meeting and I informed everyone in the office that were were going to start using a monitoring program on all the company computers. The staff scoffed at it a little bit, but no one was upset because we didn't try to trick them by telling them after the fact. Our office go a little bit busier pretty quickly as employees simply kept their personal business to texts on their phones rather than emailing and messaging on their computers.
While I think it could be a good program to use if you suspect some pretty bad behavior by your employees, I would encourage anyone to simply install the software and left everyone know what is going on. Our employees took it really well and then we all went on about our business.
I know the iMonitor program doesn't seem like it would be for everyone (I didn't think it was for me.) However, I learned that if I not trying to catch anyone, the employees simply stick to their work and don't deviate from that course. It's been a big help to our business without causing a massive upheaval.