The shift to remote work has benefitted millions of people. Remote workers report being happier and more productive at their jobs when they’re able to work from home.
Still, there are wrinkles that need to be ironed out. Working from home can erode work/home boundaries. 75% of remote workers experience stress and burnout in their jobs. Many report working longer hours than before, in part because it can be “difficult to unplug” from their jobs. If the stress gets too bad, then the benefits of working remotely disappear.
One thing that can help remote workers is time tracking with facial recognition. Employers have a vested interest in tracking time, but workers benefit from the practice too. When working hours are logged, employees can schedule appropriate breaks and time off. They can organize their work days and prioritize what’s most important.
Tracking time in remote settings is hard. Excel or Google Sheets can be an inexpensive option, but the spreadsheets grow unwieldy on larger teams. Solutions that seemed cutting edge pre-pandemic (like keycards tracking when people enter the office building), don’t work in distributed settings. Instead, companies are weighing the costs and benefits of installing facial recognition software on employee computers.