Why You Should Monitor what Your Employees Do on Their Computers

Every business in the world is fully reliant on computers. And pretty much all computers, but particularly those in businesses, are connected to the internet. A lot of this is beneficial, improving your overall efficiency and businesses processes. However, it can also be a significant distraction to employees who may become tempted to surf the web for their own personal reasons. You can help to avoid this, while at the same time checking on it, by installing event monitoring software on your computers. Let’s take a look at some of the key reasons why this may be a good idea.

  1. It Increases Productivity

Even monitoring software is not in place to spy on your employees. In fact, you should be open and transparent about the fact that it is there. At the end of the day, your ultimate goal should be to have increased productivity, not to catch your employees doing something wrong. The simple fact that they know the software is there will put most people off using the internet for personal reasons and becoming inefficient. Not just that, these event monitoring programs also demonstrates which programs are used and when, which ensures you can determine whether you are not overpaying for licenses for programs you don’t even use.

  1. It Protects Intellectual Property

If your work is reliant on models, processes, or other forms of confidential know-how, then it is even more important that event monitoring tools are in place. This software will provide a wealth of data that can be analyzed to make sure no confidential data is sent to untrusted sources or, if it is, who sent it there. Not just that, you can determine whether it was sent through instant messaging, email, or any other medium. Essentially, it is a chance to make sure the code of conduct is being followed and that your employees are 100% ethical.

  1. It Helps to Reduce Corporate Risk

Last but not least, event monitoring will help you to determine who did what and when. This can be very important in cases of, for example, a data breach, in which you have to identify where the problem came from. Unfortunately, the reality is also that some employees will go out of their way to sabotage your organization, and event monitoring can help you identify that if you have some suspicions.

Event monitoring software is a type of spyware. However, it is completely legal to use it. In a workplace, however, it is best practice to ensure your employees are aware of the fact that you do monitor them, and that you can pull up reports on their behavior whenever you want. That is not because you don’t trust them, but because we live in a digital age where both temptations and dangers are absolutely everywhere. Thanks to this type of software, you can encourage people not be tempted, while at the same time being able to identify a source should some sort of attack happen.

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