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Employee monitoring software can provide valuable insights into your workforce performance – and provide the added benefit of enhancing employee satisfaction and motivation.

Research has shown that a focus on performance is a key contributing factor to a strong, positive company culture which, in turn, translates into high employee engagement. High engagement levels have a dramatic impact on corporate performance, customer satisfaction, and the ability to find and retain top talent.

Such monitoring software can also contribute to a fair pay-per-performance approach to determining salary. Expert researchers state that implementing a monitoring policy boosts productivity precisely through fairness-based motivation. Honest and hardworking employees become more motivated due to the certainty that they will be paid in accord with their effort.

Employee monitoring software puts an emphasis on performance, providing data and capabilities that can enhance employee motivation. Let’s take a look at three features of the software that can have motivational benefits:

Identify and share peak productivity trends

By tracking active versus idle time, employee monitoring software gives organizations a detailed picture of individual productivity levels. You can even customize the software to further fine-tune the activities that your business considers productive work.

On an individual level, this gives an employee tremendous insight into when she is – and is not – productive. Such insight can help drive her decisions about when during the day to tackle the most important work. Providing effectiveness data is a key way to both assist – and motivate – your employees.

When you aggregate individual data to the team level, groups of employees can gain a better understanding of team dynamics and make decisions that might best drive effectiveness and efficiency.

Identify and alleviate bottlenecks in processes or software

Employees get frustrated by cumbersome processes and software that is difficult to use. Such frustration tends to dampen motivation and, ultimately, productivity.

With a live view and history playback, you can gain further insight into what may be negatively impacting employee performance.

  • Perhaps a task requires switching between multiple applications to retrieve and input data. Maybe this is an opportunity to streamline processes and/or look for integrations.
  • Maybe a majority of your employees struggle in the same spot in the same application. This could signal the need for a more friendly UI, additional training, or in-application help.

By taking a deep-dive in online usage, you can harvest data that will make a positive impact on your employees’ day-to-day activities.

Ditch the paperwork and focus on value-add contributions

No one likes paperwork: quite often it’s a mind-numbingly routine task that takes time away from value-add work. The weekly timesheet is one such example that can be automated, giving back time to your workers and removing mundane work.

Employee monitoring software provides for automated time tracking, allowing employees to ditch the timesheet and managers to get detailed data on time worked.

At first glance, employee monitoring software provides many benefits to the organization in terms of threat monitoring, productivity analysis, and security alerting. But a deeper dive into the capabilities reveals the many ways in which such software can positively contribute to employee performance – and motivation – as well.

This article originally appeared on IT Security Central and was reprinted with permission.