Remote work is a popular holdover from pandemic lockdowns. By 2025, 22% of the workforce will work from home. The benefits are clear; remote workers report being both happier and more productive without their commute to the office.
Yet for all the benefits of remote work, there exist some challenges. An important one is the erosion of work/home boundaries. Many remote workers report having longer hours than before. Often, longer hours are a result of a difficulty “unplugging” from jobs at the end of the day. When one’s home is their office, the office can seem inescapable.
One way to counter this problem is for employees to track their time spent working. For too long, time tracking has been seen as only benefiting employers. While employers do gain important insights from their employees’ working hours, time tracking can help workers too. When employees have visual confirmation of where they spend their time, they can track long term progress and prioritize better. They can even schedule appropriate breaks and time off.
Yet too often, logging hours becomes a task in itself. Companies are still exploring convenient ways to track when remote workers start and end shifts, like facial recognition software.