Is Remote Work Monitoring a Reasonable Solution for Distributed Teams? [2024 Guide]

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Damien Filiatrault
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Monitoring remote employees
Originally published on Oct 3, 2022Last updated on Mar 4, 2024

Key Takeaways

How do I monitor my employees working remotely?

Monitoring remote employees presents privacy and cultural considerations, but with clear planning and fair practices, it can be implemented effectively. Rather than minute-by-minute tracking, focusing on macro-level performance metrics such as tasks accomplished per month can be less invasive and more meaningful for business success. Critically evaluate what to monitor, ensuring relevance to business goals. Also, be transparent with candidates and current employees about monitoring practices. This is essential for building trust. While tracking tools offer insights, it's important to exercise judgment and empathy, recognizing that numbers may not tell the full story. Alternatives like time-tracking tools and goal-oriented models offer more analog, honor-based approaches to monitoring performance.

Do remote jobs monitor you?

Your employer has the right to gather data from keyboards, webcams, mice, the websites you visit, and even your work-related emails on devices provided by the company, as outlined in your employment agreement. However, many countries require employers to inform employees if they plan to monitor them (unless they’re using a company device).

Is it legal to monitor remote employees?

Yes, employee monitoring is completely legal in the U.S. Monitoring laws in the United States grant employers significant rights to monitor their employees' activities on workplace devices.