9 Best Time Management Apps
By Jane Hurst
A vouchercloud.com survey of 1,989 employees, all over the age of 18, showed that the average 8-hour workday only really yields less than 3 hours of productive work activity. That means that more than 60% of each employee’s workdays consist of non-productive activities.
So what are employees doing with their time? The survey asked “What are you guilty of spending time doing during the working day rather than working productively?” and found that employees 47% responded that they are checking social media, 45% are reading news articles, 38% are discussing out of work activities with colleagues, 27% are texting or instant messaging with friends and the list goes on. There is a lot more time being spent preparing food and consuming beverages than most might guess. And 19% of respondents admitted to spending an average of 26 minutes a day searching for new employment.
Having this data is very interesting but what’s more interesting is knowing how to measure and increase your team’s productivity. That’s why we’ve pulled together the best time management apps for your review.
1. Time Doctor
Time Doctor is the leader in the industry when it comes to time management app. Time Doctor makes managing a distributed team super simple with intuitive employee tools and robust employer management resources. It's features include:
- Time Tracking
The timer is easy to use when an employee starts a new task or project, with just one-click, they are on their way. Managers can track the time spent by each employee categorized by client, project or task. This allows the manager to easily make changes to workload, project assignments and more.
- API and Integrations
Have other web applications that you use to manage your business or team? Great, Time Doctor has a seamless and fast API that allows both reading and writing abilities to plug directly into your other systems. You’ll have powerful information right at your fingertips with useful insights into your employee time tracking app and your other platforms that speak directly to each other through the API. Time Doctor integrates with all leading project management and accounting tools including JIRA, Asana, Trello, GitHub, Basecamp, Slack, Salesforce, Teamwork.com, Todoist, Podio, QuickBooks, Freshdesk, Redmine, Google Apps, Zoho, Yammer, and more.
You can automatically calculate your payroll using either fixed salaries or the hours that have been tracked. You can also manage client billing, down to the minute – allowing you ultimate productivity as well!
- Time Use Alerts
If an employee sits idle for too long, they will receive a pop alert asking if they need to make an adjustment to their time card. This pop up also appears if an employee strays onto a non-work related website or app, helping to keep the employee engaged and focused.
- Web and App Usage
You’ll get a clear and accurate picture of the websites and apps your employees are using so you can take the opportunity to coach them proactively. If you see that an employee is spending too long a particular site, there may be a need for additional training. Being proactive can help reduce friction later.
- Powerful Reporting
Time Doctor allows you to receive daily and weekly reports that give you insight into hours, website and app usage, tasks worked on, client breakdowns and much more. Employees also receive these powerful insights in order to identify productivity-wasting behaviors and make adjustments in order to stay on track.
With costs as low as $9.99/month per user, Time Doctor is the best choice for your employee time tracking app needs as it has the most robust feature set. They also offer a 14 day free trial to test the platform that does not require a credit card.
2. InterGuard Employee Monitoring
InterGuard is employee-monitoring software that monitors employee activity from any endpoint across your distributed workforce in order to increase productivity and secure your company. You can easily search recorded data to view logs and screenshots of employee activities. It's features include:
- Productivity Monitoring
InterGuard gives you metrics about time spent on websites and apps so that you can consider their productivity for the tasks at hand. Employee mentoring software helps you by automating the otherwise manual task of employee productivity tracking.
- Inside Threat Detection
This time management app will alert you when it detects any suspicious activity to stop data ex-filtration before malicious activity can occur and help prevent a negligent employee from causing a data breach.
- Employee Investigations
InterGuard time management app logs and records employee computer activity, giving you evidence needed in the case there is an internal, criminal or civil investigation. The agent can be deployed discretely and remotely so the target of an investigation does not become aware of the monitoring.
- No Network Required
This time management app is deployed on the endpoint, meaning the device (computer, phone, tablet) is always being monitored even if the employee is remote or spends time both at the office and in the field. The software is not dependant on a network connection.
This instant-deploy software costs $7.09 per user per month however there are larger enterprise features that can be added. To get a quote, visit their website.
Veriato Cerebral time management app provides visibility into online activities and communications of your employees and contractors. Cerebral (previously Veriato 360) believes that knowledge is power when it comes to making sure you know what your team is up to. It's features include:
- Maximized Productivity
With this time management app you can record and review anything that your employees do on their PCs, Macs and Androids. Get scheduled reports daily, weekly or monthly to understand exactly how long employees are “actively” working.
- Screen Recordings and DVR Playback
This time management app is like having a surveillance camera pointed directly at each of your employee’s devices. You can view and record social media sites, chats and instant messages, emails sent and received, online searches and more.
- Keyword and Event Alerting
Receive productivity and security alerts to know if an employee uploads proprietary information to a cloud account or spends too long a social platform. Keywords and phrases are customizable but the tool also provides standard keyword alerts that could indicate fraud, hate speech, hacking, or potential violence.
Visit the cerebral product page to request a quote.
Toggl is another time tracking software on the list. This affordable app may be a good choice for small teams and freelancers. It's features include:
- Time Tracking
Toggl isn’t complicated. This one-click platform keeps it simple.
- Tracking Reminders
The Toggl Button and Desktop app remind employees when that they may have forgotten to start a time. Like many providers, Toggle will also detect idle time.
- Over 100+ App Integrations
Toggl boasts over 100 integrations that embed the Toggl Button inside other online apps.
- Profits vs Labor Costs
Toggl makes data visualization a snap, so a savvy owner will know which projects and clients are providing the most profitability.
- Team Dashboard
This feature will help with workload management and is useful for making sure each employee is not overloaded.
Prices start at $10 a month for monthly plans and go up from there. They also offer a free 30-day trial.
Hubstaff is a time management app that also has many useful features that can be added-on depending on the needs of the organization. It's features include:
- Time tracking
Hubstaff offers a time tracking element to their software that works on desktop, web, or via mobile device like most of the employee time tracking apps out there. Like many platforms, Hubstaff runs in the background so your team can keep working without interruption. Integrates with over 30 business apps you already use, including Basecamp, Trello, Asana, Github, and Paypal.
- Calendar Views
You can check-in on your employee’s progress and productivity with daily or weekly views of their calendars.
- Online timesheets
Hubstaff has a feature that allows for simple timesheet management online, reducing the need to remind your team that it’s time to turn in their timesheets in order to get paid.
- Easy Payroll
By setting up employee pay rates, you can easily pay your team from the online timesheets, which will greatly simplify your bookkeeping time.
- Team Scheduling
Better plan and track employee attendance through this handy team-scheduling feature. You’ll have a simple picture of who is scheduled and who has shown up for their shift.
Pricing starts at $20/user per month depending on the features. For more information, check out their pricing page.
Hours recently became a contender for teams as this time management app now allows for better team collaboration. It's features include:
- Real time tracking
Employees can have multiple projects running at one time, which is helpful for those who like to switch between projects instead of taking a single project to completion before moving on to the next.
Helpful reports allow for you to see what all your employees are working on and better manage the workflow.
Making adjustments to a workday is easy by viewing the timeline view. The employee can see any gaps or misreporting to easily adjust.
Hours uses a freemium model whereby a user can sign up for free and access some but not all of the features. Pricing can be determined by signing up on the Hours website.
FairTrack is a time management app that analyze how your employees approach work, as well as methodology and activities of your employees to spot chances for improvement. Consequently, you can provide training or tools if needed. It's features include:
- Easy Reports & Customizable Screenshots
FairTrak provides easy to understand reports to help you learn all that you need to know about each employee’s computer activity. You can also either record continuously to obtain screen captures or randomly take screen shots to have a better understanding of the tracked activities.
- Website Blocking & Alarms
If you know an employee should not be visiting a particular site during the workday, you can block the website so that they employee cannot visit it. You can also set alarms to get alerts when an employee is engaging in an activity that you do not condone.
The employee can teach Timely to be smarter by renaming tags, titles, and adjusting grouped activities. Overtime the employee trains Timely to accurately record the time it tracks.
- Project time management
This employee time tracking app also helps busy teams stay on top of their priorities and project budgets through their project time management feature.
Individual prices start at $7/month and teams starts at $99/month for 5 seats.
TSheets has more than 20,000 five-star reviews and this time management app can track time on any device and help streamline both payroll and invoicing. It's features include:
- Time Tracking
Employees using TSheets can easily switch between job codes, record breaks, and clock in and out with one click.
- GPS Tracking
GPS tracking helps you monitor the whereabouts of your staff at all times.
TSheets has a useful feature to alert both you and your employee when the employee is close to going into overtime to help manage costs and expectations. You will no longer be surprised by overtime charges you weren’t expecting to pay.
Easily edit shifts and post schedules for the team to see using the scheduling feature.
With a 14-day free trial you can see if TSheets meets the needs of your team. Prices include a base fee plus a per-user fee per month and can alternatively be paid annually. Visit their website for more detailed pricing.
Clockify has a free version of their time management app that you can utilize for unlimited users and projects. If you find you need additional features, you can pay to gain access to more. It's features include:
- Time Tracker
Employees can keep track of billable time easily as well as set up easy timers using the simple time tracker, which makes this time management app appealing to employees.
You can view all of your team’s time output by using the dashboard. The dashboard shows charts and at-a-glance information to make it easy to get a quick update on what your team is up to.
You can view the pricing and upgrade options on their website but their basic package is free of charge.
Monitoring your employees is a synch with any of these time management apps. Whether you are suspicious of a particular employee or you just want to set the standard in order to increase productivity, there’s a solution for you.