After the pandemic gave millions of Americans the chance to try remote work, many are never going back. By 2025, 22% of the workforce will work remotely. This benefits workers because remote workers report being significantly happier and more productive at their jobs.
Despite the benefits, there are still a few challenges posed by remote work. Working from home erodes traditional work/home boundaries, making it harder to stake out a balance. Feelings of stress and burnout are growing common among remote workers. Many say they’re working longer hours than before, often because they find it difficult to “unplug” at the end of the day. Too much stress can eliminate the benefits of switching to remote work in the first place.
Remote workers need to bring balance back to their lives. They need a clear schedule of when their work days start and end, one marking appropriate breaks and time off. They need time tracking. Monitoring worker hours has long been seen as exclusively benefitting the employer, but employees get a lot out of it too. Once their days are organized, workers can focus on what’s important while they work.
Done right, time tracking takes the disorganization out of remote work. Employees have a start and end time regardless of their location. They can focus on what’s important and step away from their computer at lunch time. Done poorly, time tracking can be one more task workers must manage. This is why companies want automatic tracking methods like facial recognition.