The digital space is growing by the day. Employment opportunities are also increasing. There are a number of jobs on offer where the employee need not be sitting in the office. Part-time jobs, work from home options is becoming popular.
Many employees are also reluctant to spend time filling out spreadsheets to clock time. Competition has increased such that employers are hawk eyed to retain talent and utilise the working hours productively. This has called for virtual tracking by means of biometric call sheets, employee monitoring softwares and mobile applications. There are companies which specifically cater to this area of requirement. Some such corporates also customise the softwares or mobile applications as per the requirement of the employer. They are designed to ease a lot of manual work with respect to quantitative aspects of work. For the qualitative assessment though, manual intervention would still be required.
Does automated employee monitoring make human resource management redundant?
Experts have argued that automation makes human labor redundant. Although, this is true to certain extent, human resource personnel are now being put to better use. They are more focussed on qualitative aspects and are required to bring in new initiatives to make the workplace better.
At the lower level, especially in small business enterprises, human resource management becomes important. Retention of people becomes challenging, recruitment and training costs have to be contained, employee conflicts have to be managed effectively. This is where major effort of the human resource personnel comes into play. Further, employee monitoring softwares also assist human resource departments by showcasing the efficiency of employees. Some of the tracking systems are so efficient that they can be used as solid proof for confrontations.
Cybercrime has been on the increase; hence, it is pertinent that the employer ensures that the firewalls are in place to abstain any information leakages. Infact, in certain situations, GPS tracking systems can come in handy as an alibi.
Employee monitoring may afterall be a good thing. It assures the employer that they reward the hardworking employees and never let go of them. This may beckon a new era in the way recruitment, promotions and even firing is handled.