For 22% of the US workforce, remote work is here to stay. People who are able to work from home report being significantly happier and more productive at their jobs. However, they can also suffer from the erosion of work and home boundaries. When this happens, remote workers might burn out from working longer hours than they did in the office. Without a sense of structure, remote work can lead to disorganization. The stress of disorganization can eliminate the initial benefits of working remotely.
One way remote workers can get on track is to log their hours. For too long, trime tracking has been seen as a tool of the employer. Yet for employees, it can help them prioritize important tasks and take appropriate breaks. When the work day is organized, workers achieve more and feel better.
Helpful as tracking time can be, it only benefits the worker if it’s done correctly. If logging hours itself becomes a stressful and unproductive task, then the practice loses its purpose. Manual notes and shared spreadsheets may work for smaller organizations, but this method grows unwieldy in large organizations. Automatically, accurately tracking work hours with facial recognition is seamless, but raises privacy concerns.