New technology being sold here in North Texas is making it easier than ever for your company to gauge whether you're using your time on the clock effectively.
Normally, analyzing that kind of data can take years, but a new technology by a Plano-based company is providing answers in a matter of days.
Sapience Analytics moved from India to North Texas in January, and they're already expanding at the Shops at Legacy.
As The Dallas Morning News first reported, the idea behind the software is a lot like a Fitbit, tracking your productivity throughout the day.
Brad Killinger, Sapience Analytics CEO, said the company has 84 customers in 16 countries worldwide.
A company buys the software then installs it on employee computers. The software then collects data by measuring the amount of time spent on work-related applications.
"We're trying to provide this transparency and highlight it so that people can understand what are they doing in their jobs and how can they potentially do those jobs more effectively," Killinger said.
Like a Fitbit, Killinger says, measuring productivity is the best way to improve it.
But because the software may also be able to track the amount of time an employee isn’t working, employment attorney Jason Smith questions whether it does more harm than good.
"Technology like this makes workers think that they're in the matrix and that folks are looking over their shoulder, instead of trusting them," Smith said.
"We're not capturing anything that's outside of the bounds of what is when you're actually working what is the activities that you're doing," Killinger said.
Killinger says their tracker actually helps protect employee privacy because it does not log keystrokes or personal web activity.
Smith says this kind of tracking tool could be useful if employees have the choice and aren't required to use it.