Late last year Techvibes reported that 57% of chief information officers said their companies block access to online shopping sites—up dramatically from 40 per cent in 2010. And with the growing use (or abuse) of social media sites in the workplace, employees now have more distractions than ever to pull them away from their daily tasks.
Today Toronto's Monocle Solutions announced today the launch of Web Monocle- new software designed to improve productivity in the workplace.
Rather than play Big Brother, Web Monocle allows employees to manage their own online behavior without compromising privacy. At the same time, it gives business owners the ability to review workers’ web activities and potentially alter their management approach based on the information they receive.
“Our goal is to make this software very simple to use, it’s a two minute installation that does not require any additional IT hardware or support. Rather than spying on employees or blocking websites, Web Monocle tackles the problem of productivity by empowering employees to make their own decisions online, and it allows them to self-review through weekly reports," says John Madden, Web Monocle CEO.
Monocle Solutions believes this system will encourage employees to re-evaluate their Internet usage and reinforce the understanding that they are browsing on company time. Employees are given a simple choice when they visit a website for the first time: ‘Work’ or ‘Personal', which allows them to classify work-related and personal interest websites accordingly.
With Web Monocle, employees and managers receive weekly reports outlining most visited websites and viewing trends broken down by category. These simple reports also flag any potential issues as they relate to specific departments - Facebook may be a tool to the marketing department but a distraction to others.
The software accurately tracks an individual’s web usage, disregarding any idle time spent on websites. It also works in combination with an Internet Usage Policy, which Web Monocle provides free of charge on their website.