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7 Great Tools for Keeping Track of Remote Workers

Nowadays, there are many companies all over the world that have employees working in remote locations. Managing such teams efficiently can be a very challenging task. Fortunately, there are some great tools out there that can make it easier for you to manage your remote workers.

See also: How to Virtualise Your Workforce

1. Trello

With this tool, you don’t have to worry whether your employees will update tracking spreadsheets or keep track of long email threads. Trello uses a card system to enable you and your team to remain organized. You can easily create task lists and update them any time you wish. Once the tasks are done, you can drag and drop the cards between different lists. To reprioritize tasks, all you need to do is reorder the lists. Trello comes in a basic free version, as well as a Business Class version which has more features.

2. HiveDesk

HiveDesk is a great tool for monitoring remote employees’ productivity. When workers log in to the program, it automatically monitors their time and completes weekly timesheets. In addition, this tool even offers random screenshots which can help you see exactly what your employees are doing. HiveDesk comes with a 14-day free trial, after which you are required to pay a monthly fee.

3. Freckle

This is one of the most easy to use and flexible online time tracking tools available. Since it runs in your web browser, you don’t have to install any software on your computer. Freckle not only allows you to monitor your remote employees’ time, but also enables you to create invoices, track expenses and track unlimited projects. Just like HiveDesk, this tool comes with a 14-day free trial and a monthly fee thereafter.

4. Worksnaps

Worksnaps is another great tool for keeping tabs on the productivity of your remote workers. This tool logs mouse movements, keystrokes and takes a screenshot every ten minutes. In addition, Worksnaps keeps track of the applications employees use. This way, you can know how much time they spent working on Word or reviewing an Excel spreadsheet. This tool comes with a 30-day free trial, and varied payment plans afterwards.

5. MySammy

Unlike other tools, MySammy does not monitor a worker’s every movement. Instead, it displays a bar graph which shows non-productive time in red and active time in green. This gives you an idea of which workers are productive and which ones are not. MySammy comes with a 30-day trial period, after which you are required to pay a monthly fee.

6. WORKetc

This tool combines systems to enable you to manage sales support, employee collaboration, billing and projects. With WORKetc, you can not only manage your remote workers, but also run your entire business on the road or from home.

7. Basecamp

This is one of the top web-based collaboration and project management tools. Basecamp can be very useful for keeping your worker’s tasks organized and on track. It can help you keep track of documents, scheduling, tasks and project discussions. It comes with a 60-day free trial.

See also: How to Set Up a Solid Telecommuting Program

Other tools which could come in handy for managing remote workers include IDoneThisAsana, HipChat and Every Time Zone.

Do you use any other tools to keep track of your remote workers? Let us know in the comments section below.

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