We’ve all done it.
- A quick check of the news when you’re putting off a dreaded task
- Distracting yourself with a quick bit of surfing before you make that horrible phone call
- Or… “I’ll just have a quick look on Facebook…” ????
Sometimes it helps us to take a few minutes to ourselves. To gear up for a job we really don’t want to do.
And that’s not a bad thing. So long as it’s only a few minutes.
It becomes a problem when you spend more time faffing, then you do “doing stuff”.
Can’t imagine you personally have this problem.
But maybe some of your staff do. Especially if they’re still working remotely, with all the distractions of home.
Now, we’re not advocates of micromanagement at all. Watching someone like a hawk all day rarely works in your favour.
But sometimes it’s good to have a plan to check exactly how much (or little) work is getting done in a day.
And that’s where monitoring your team’s computers can come in handy.
Do you suspect that Sandra spends more time checking her Facebook feed than she does checking on your clients? Switch on her monitoring and see for yourself.
It gives you proof of your suspicions. And something to raise privately with her, to ask her to make some changes.
Think of it less as Big Brother. And more like a business productivity tool.
But there are a lot of HR implications to consider. You have to be open with your team about usage monitoring, explain why you’re doing it, and not be seen to be targeting certain people.