Anything Similar To Odesk Employee "Checking" software?

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I am starting to ramp up my VA team, and am considering using something similar to what Odesk have (which allows you to see timed screenshots of your employees computer) so that I can keep an eye on their productivity.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Nick
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Terry
    Are you paying your outsourced workers by the hour? Is this why you have to track their work and that they're doing what they said they were going to do?

    In my experience you get better results from outsourced workers when you don't pay them on an hourly basis. When you pay them per project you don't need to spy on them in this same way, it allows for more trust which builds better relationships.

    Another benefit of payment per project is there's no way costs will run away from you. Everything is agreed up front. If your worker can get the project done quicker they make more money giving them a greater incentive to not hang around.

    I hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author gananathan
      Originally Posted by Brian Terry View Post

      Are you paying your outsourced workers by the hour? Is this why you have to track their work and that they're doing what they said they were going to do?

      In my experience you get better results from outsourced workers when you don't pay them on an hourly basis. When you pay them per project you don't need to spy on them in this same way, it allows for more trust which builds better relationships.

      Another benefit of payment per project is there's no way costs will run away from you. Everything is agreed up front. If your worker can get the project done quicker they make more money giving them a greater incentive to not hang around.

      I hope this helps.
      The other reason for tracking time for a project is to see how much time is taken to complete a task in general. I think it would be better to combine the best of both systems. Pay per task or project, but track the time taken to complete them.

      This gives you a benchmark and helps you to plan your projects better.
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  • Profile picture of the author sadiecopywriter
    A great programer can put up a WordPress site in 30 minutes.

    A beginner takes 10 hours.

    Who's worth more?

    Article writer A types 60 words a minute.

    Article writer B types 120 words a minute.

    The articles are the same quality. Do you pay them the same?

    Hours worked does not matter, results do. Encouraging hourly work punishes efficient people. Not a great way to build your business. Give them a deadline. They meet it or they don't. How many minutes/hours it took them to meet it is irrelevant if the quality is good and on time.
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    • Profile picture of the author handy
      Amen sister!

      I was thinking of tracking my employee's time as well but at the end of the day I thought it would be better to just judge them based on their results.

      Originally Posted by sadiecopywriter View Post

      A great programer can put up a WordPress site in 30 minutes.

      A beginner takes 10 hours.

      Who's worth more?

      Article writer A types 60 words a minute.

      Article writer B types 120 words a minute.

      The articles are the same quality. Do you pay them the same?

      Hours worked does not matter, results do. Encouraging hourly work punishes efficient people. Not a great way to build your business. Give them a deadline. They meet it or they don't. How many minutes/hours it took them to meet it is irrelevant if the quality is good and on time.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Tee
    Hi Nick,

    This is the tool you are looking for - tahometer.com. It's exactly the same tool I was looking for a year ago i guess and have been using that for so long. It's exactly what odesk is using.

    You will love it!

    Cheers,
    George
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    • Profile picture of the author vj3660
      Yea.But there are no company information mentioned.Could you give me bit details about the company.

      Originally Posted by George Tee View Post

      Hi Nick,

      This is the tool you are looking for - tahometer.com. It's exactly the same tool I was looking for a year ago i guess and have been using that for so long. It's exactly what odesk is using.

      You will love it!

      Cheers,
      George
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    • Profile picture of the author MKTNG
      Originally Posted by George Tee View Post

      Hi Nick,

      This is the tool you are looking for - tahometer.com. It's exactly the same tool I was looking for a year ago i guess and have been using that for so long. It's exactly what odesk is using.

      You will love it!

      Cheers,
      George
      Damn!
      2 years later - looking for the answer to this same issue - and just found this here @ WF. What a surprise [sarcasm]

      Thank you for sharing George - was gonna go with Timedoctor but this is more cost effective and seems to have all the same features as odesk team which is preferable
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  • Profile picture of the author krad32
    I know a software that you might be interested to try. It is called Time Doctor it also has different approaches to employee monitoring like screen monitoring paints a fairly accurate picture of what a person is doing during their work hours. Also a keystroke monitoring is invasive for work-from-home employees in and creates greater security risks than other monitoring methods (all data entered into the keyboard is monitored).This information is most useful when combined with screen shots, but even then it's not likely to provide any useful feedback (unless you are interested in how fast someone can type!). Here is an article that discusses more information about employee monitoring software.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjyanny
    Check out Worksnaps -- It is a time tracking tool that make all the work visually verifiable. It captures work screenshots, keyboard/mouse volumes and used applications. It also integrates with popular project management and invoicing tools such as Basecamp, Freshbooks and etc. A must-have for managing remote workers.
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    • Profile picture of the author awesummer
      I have to agree with krad32. Time doctor is a really great software.
      I've been using it for months now. So far, it has been nothing but awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Lancheres
    I much prefer Hyperhour, quick simple and efficient.

    Timedoctor (the alternative) is ugly and bloated IMO.

    p.s. Hi krad32, I see you write for TimeDoctor, bias much?
    p.s.s. That's Ok, I write for Hyperhour, it would be hypocritical to call you out on it without saying it myself :>
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  • Profile picture of the author ntegrityit
    Time Doctor IS A GOOD toll to monitor employe rating.
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  • Profile picture of the author pauladam5991
    no similarity pnestec system provide job trac good quality software
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Screenshot software is useless. I caught a freelancer using some "replay" software to act like the cursor was moving. All the screenshots looked good from a distance, but once I zoomed in, I saw the software was writing gibberish code over and over again. There was even a screenshot where he was setting up the software. The programmer billed for 4 hours and only took 15 minutes to complete the job. He was reported to oDesk.

    Pay by the project and, like mentioned before, track the hours used for future reference. If it's a big project, use escrow and pay when certain milestones are met.
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  • Profile picture of the author brownl
    If you have lots of employees in your company, recommend you use an employee monitoring software such as spector, spytech and so on; if you have have less than 10-20 employees, recommend you buy a keylogger which is much cheaper than employee monitoring and enough to use. Keylogger for Mac: Free Download Perfect Keylogger for Mac OS this is our company keylogger, very good to use. You can consider it.
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    • Profile picture of the author vinodpaul
      I also agree that paying a fixed price for the project is much simpler. However for routine and repetitive work, the alternatives above are good.
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