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Demand for software to spy on home workers up

by on17 November 2020

Employers are still control freaks

While more workers are having to sign in from home, their employers have not given up on their insecurities that they might be having fun rather than working.

A study shows that the demand for employee surveillance software was up 55 percent in June 2020 compared to the pre-pandemic average. The software has included webcam access to random screenshot monitoring, these surveillance software products can record almost everything an employee does on their computer.

VPN review website Top10VPN used its global monitoring data to analyse over 200 terms related to employee surveillance software. It took into account both generic and brand-specific queries for its study which compared searches during March-May 2020 with internet searches in the preceding year.

Global demand for employee monitoring software increased by 108 percent in April, and 70 percent in May 2020 compared with searches carried out the preceding year. Queries for "How to monitor employees working from home" increased by 1,705 percent in April and 652 percent in May 2020 compared with searches carried out the preceding year.

The surge in popularity of such an open-ended phrase like this reveals how unprepared many companies were for the abrupt shift to mass home-working. The most popular surveillance tools are Time Doctor, Hubstaff, and FlexiSPY. The tools with the biggest increase in demand include Teramind, DeskTime, Kickidler, and Time Doctor, with interest for the latter tripling compared to the pre-pandemic levels.

The top three tools account for almost 60 percent of global demand in surveillance software because of the range of features offered. The radical shift away from office-working has clearly made employers nervous about a reduction in productivity and its potential impact on their business. Greater surveillance, however, may actually reduce long-term productivity.

Ironically all this snooping is proven to make workers less productive in the long run and could significantly impact your feelings about the company .

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