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Aug 12 2016

[New Feature] Scheduled Monitoring

We’re happy to announce that Scheduled Monitoring is now available for all ActivTrak accounts!

Scheduled Monitoring lets you tell ActivTrak when it should and shouldn’t be monitoring your assigned workstation. Now you can rest assured knowing you’re not collecting data outside your scheduled monitoring hours.

Scheduled Monitoring was designed for ActivTrak users with employees who take their laptops home, or freelance workers with required working hours.

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We realized some people don’t work as much as we do! Just kidding, we have to go home sometime. What actually brought this new need to light was you, our users!

As soon as we realized the need to only collect data during working hours we knew this feature was necessary for our continued efforts to protect employee privacy. We realized there were some instances, be it a freelancer or office employee with a laptop at home, where ActivTrak reporting was not necessary.

Now you can create an unlimited number of custom reporting schedules! This gives you the flexibility to choose when you need to know who’s doing what, and for how long.

​Create a schedule by simply dragging the blue overlay to cover your working hours for each working day, or when you would like Activtrak to report usage data, then assign your schedule to the appropriate individuals. Don’t worry, we have a pre-loaded schedule for regular working hours (9am-12pm/1pm-5pm).

 

We believe this new functionality will not only better protect employee privacy but also make reading your reports much easier, as all data will now be relevant data.

To start using Scheduled Monitoring now, simply login, update your agents to the latest version (released today), then head over to Settings > Scheduling to start creating your schedules!

Keep an eye out for more new features coming soon!

Aug 8 2016

Product Update: Real-time for Mac, Simplified Categories & more!

We’ve added a bit of functionality that I think you’ll want to know about:

Categories, Now Simplified:

We realized having two classifications of categories can be confusing. Also, clicking tons of tiny checkboxes can feel tedious.

To fix this we split the two category types, and added a ‘select all’ checkbox to the new categorization pages! 

Now when you log into ActivTrak your activity categories can be found and categorized by navigating to Settings > Categories, and your productivity categories can be assigned via Settings > Productivity.  

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The process and functionality are exactly the same, just in different locations and easier to manage.

 

Real-time for Mac Computers:

We’re happy to announce that Real-time Monitoring is now available for all Mac operating systems running OSX Mavericks version 10.9 & up! 

When we released Real-time Monitoring back in March it was limited to only PCs running Windows operating systems. Now all remote workstations, be it Mac or Windows, have Real-time monitoring capabilities allowing for improved activity visibility across all workstations.

Check out this post to refresh yourself on everything you need to know about Real-time monitoring!

 

Easy Upgrade Access:

Before you had to click the small blue ‘Upgrade Plan’ link at the top of your account to see ActivTrak’s Premium Plans. Now premium plans are easily accessible by navigating to Subscription > Upgrade

 

Download Your Invoices:

Speaking of upgrades, now when you upgrade your subscription all of your invoices will appear under the new Subscription tab.

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Each invoice can be individually downloaded in PDF format by clicking the blue ‘Download PDF’ button.

That’s all for now, login here to check out these updates now, and keep an eye out for more product updates coming very soon!

Let us know if you need help with anything at all!

Aug 1 2016
Mar 22 2016

New ActivTrak Feature: Real-time Monitoring

 

At ActivTrak, our goal is to paint the clearest possible picture of your productivity, without violating anyone’s privacy.

We wanted ActivTrak users to be able to actively check-in with their monitored devices at any point throughout the day because we understand that every minute counts, and that sometimes you just need to know now.

We’re happy to announce that Real-time Monitoring is now available as an ActivTrak feature on all accounts, including the free tier.  

With Real-time Monitoring, you stay in the loop at all times by viewing a live data stream of the active window on any monitored device’s screen. Data is displayed in individual rows with information on the open website or application, how long the user has been there, and every other data point the software captures.

Now, with ActivTrak, managers have the power to turn an unproductive day into a productive day by re-routing focus at the right time.

Events reported by the tracking agents are intercepted and made available for immediate display. This lets administrators monitor user activity as it’s being transmitted to the system without having to navigate through reports.

To begin using Real-time Monitoring, login to your account and navigate to the Real-time tab.

 

Feb 22 2016

New ActivTrak Feature: Productivity Reports

Reports are some of the most useful pieces of information ActivTrak provides, as they clearly outline activity on your monitored devices, and provide proof of productivity levels when called into question.

With our new Productivity Report, managers get an at-a-glance picture of an employee’s activities during any given time span by taking a data ‘snapshot’ every five minutes (or any interval you set), categorizing the activity as productive or unproductive, then laying out this information color-coded on an easy to read timeline.

This timeline is created from summarized user activity recorded by the agent. Each time slot represents in average, the productive use of that time, allowing administrators to visually identify productive time periods.

 

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Before, you could look at top websites and applications, as well as view activity and alarm logs to get an idea for how your monitored devices are being used. Now, you can look at one report that averages productivity levels throughout the day, letting you know where to research.

To view your productivity reports, simply go to the reports section in your navigation bar, expand the section, then click Productivity.

Dec 31 2015

ActivTrak 2015: A Year in Review

ActivTrak 2015: A Year In Review

2015 was a banner year for ActivTrak. We expanded our team, enhanced our product and much, much more. As we begin a new year, we would like to let you know where we are, what we did, and where we’re going in 2016.

What we did in 2015:

Released a Mac Agent:

As I said, 2015 was big and we wasted no time getting started. Our Mac OS release of ActivTrak in January of 2015 was a huge milestone for us. With this one update, we expanded our user base by thousands, and it’s still growing!

Expanded Our Team:

We’re happy to say that we’ve added new people (myself included) to our awesome team! With expanded sales, support, marketing and IT departments, we’re sprinting into 2016 with the strongest team we’ve ever had. With our forward-thinking decision makers at the helm, our office is buzzing with, you guessed it, PRODUCTIVITY!

Shameless plug: Did you know you can evaluate your team’s productivity with ActivTrak?

Rebooted Our Partner Program:

This one is actually a HUGE win for us. We absolutely LOVE our partners and resellers, and when our partner portal was shut down for a quick revamp, we were devastated. Now within less than six months, we’ve created a brand new partner portal, and we’re currently accepting any and all interested partners!

Don’t know about our partner program? Here’s a quick run-down:

  • You get commission each time someone you refer purchases a yearly subscription of ActivTrak.
    • 30% commission on yearly signups
    • 20% monthly commission for 12 months on monthly signups
  • You receive electronic payment of your commissions on the 15th of every month
  • Questions? Email Asahl@ActivTrak.com

Plus, we created all this awesome content! 

How technology can help managers make more informed decisions
[Case Study] Keep your employee honest
4 steps to ensure employee productivity…they’re not all what you think!
[Webinar] ActivTrak Product Demo
[Case Study] Maintain Your Standard of Excellence

What we’re doing now:

IN THE OFFICE WORKING HARD AT THIS MOMENT! Just kidding, even we take holidays.

However, we are working very hard to prep for the coming year. I’m talking scheduling, developing, supporting and selling like crazy! With our recent hires, we have a lot of big plans, which means we have a lot of big work to do. We love work.

What’s to come in the future:

The most exciting thing about 2016? NEW DASHBOARD! Users can expect a completely re-designed, modern, easy-to-read ActivTrak dashboard in 2016! Our dev team has been hard at work and promises the update in 2016.

Also, we want you to get everything you can out of ActivTrak. In order to do so, we have to keep you informed on current information and new updates. For this reason, we’ve decided to launch a company newsletter this year! Now you can expect regular updates from us letting you know what’s new, what’s not and what’s coming.

Don’t worry, we won’t flood your inbox, we’re talking one email every three months.

That’s all for now!

We have a lot of exciting stuff planned in 2016, but most of it is top secret. Keep checking in here to learn about new updates, and don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list to get our quarterly newsletter!

Oct 6 2015

How technology can help managers make informed decisions

Category: Business Tips

One sign of a good manager is the ability to inspire employees to give their 100% at the office. This can sometimes be difficult, since many employees have a tendency to drift off on the internet and can be resentful if they feel their boss is looking over their shoulder.

So how do you strike a balance between ensuring employee productivity and positive encouragement? Many organizations turn to ActivTrak to monitor computer usage, which can give managers a page-by- page view of an employee’s screen. Armed with this knowledge, employers can make informed decisions on what the best course of action is with employees.

You can see for yourself in this recent article in the Washington Post, about one business owner’s experience with ActivTrak and how it’s helped her small company.

Sep 1 2015

Keep Your Employees Honest

Category: Case Study, Feedback

 

Linden Care

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Using ActivTrak’s employee monitoring and analytics service, Linden Care, LLC is able to ensure open and honest communication between management and employees on the subject of internet usage.

Executive Summary

A pharmacy with a loyalty to those who suffer with pain, Linden Care adopted ActivTrak’s software to ensure employees’ focus remains on delivering top-notch results, not distracting websites. With ActivTrak’s easy-to-use features, Linden Care can block websites that do not contribute to the overall benefit of the company.

Background

Linden Care, LLC (NDEREP) is a specialty pharmacy with a focus on pain management to meet the unique needs and challenges facing patients, their caregivers and practitioners. Linden Care has the infrastructure, the expertise and the staff to deliver high quality chronic pain support anywhere in the United States – right to your front door with no delivery fees.

The Challenge

As Linden Care expanded to meet nationwide demand, they hired a considerable number of new employees to keep up. With so many employees, managers cannot be expected to stand over the shoulders of every individual to ensure productivity. Despite the ease in which one can use the internet for personal activity during work hours, Linden Care needed to be able hold their workers accountable for the way they spend their time while on the clock. This task came with its own challenges. Linden Care soon faced the issue of finding the perfect tool to help keep employees productive. As Linden Care came to find, many monitoring services come equipped with unnecessary features, which made them complicated to use. The added details provided little-to-no value in helping them achieve their goal. The hefty price tag was also unappealing.

The Solution

After a few quick email exchanges and a free trial to test it out, Linden Care decided to move forward with implementing ActivTrak throughout the company. The process was fast and painless – no sales methods involved. It became increasingly evident that the software was a perfect match for Linden Care’s needs. ActivTrak’s seamless installation process and intuitive interface fit well with the large number of employees they sought to monitor in a simple and efficient way. Managers in particular enjoyed the simplicity of using the software, because it doesn’t require any prior technical knowledge nor complex details to get accustomed to. But where ActivTrak truly aligned with Linden Care was its remote capability. Managing employees’ internet usage across the nation can result in significant productivity issues, but ActivTrak allows Linden Care to keep their employees honest in any one of their locations.

Success Story

Of Linden Care’s 140+ employees, over two- thirds of the work stations are paired with ActivTrak agents – and that number is rapidly increasing. Linden Care plans on expanding further, installing the software on more company computers of both in-office and remote employees. Since installing ActivTrak, Linden Care has been able to better monitor computer usage within the company, and can work with employees who may not be using their time as they should.

“I am glad that I went with ActivTrak. The whole process with ActivTrak has been seamless, even the upgrade from 50 to 100 employee package. I would recommend ActivTrak to everyone who owns a business.”

– Chris Dixon, IT Systems Engineer at Linden Care LLC

About Linden Care

Linden Care, headquartered in Woodbury, NY, is a leading provider of specialty pharmacy services to the pain management industry. The Company is licensed in all 50 states and serves patients and physicians in the highly regulated pain industry. With best-in-class compliance practices, Linden Care works closely with leading pain pharmaceutical manufacturers and pain management physicians to facilitate medication access and optimize treatment outcomes for patients in the $25 billion chronic pain industry.

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Aug 26 2015

4 Steps to Ensure Employee Productivity…They’re Not All What You Think!

Category: Business Tips

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Having simple productivity guidelines in place doesn’t cut it anymore, as many businesses have found, but modern technology tools mixed with old-fashioned productivity tips can go a long way. We have compiled a list of steps to improve efficiency, engagement, and productivity in the workplace. Some of them may seem outside of conventional wisdom, but HR departments and managers will find that following them can lead to a happier workplace and better employee compliance with company policy on the use of technology.

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Jul 8 2015

[Webinar] ActivTrak Product Demo

Category: How To

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Thursday, July 9 @ 2pm CDT

Interested in an overview?  If you’re just getting started with productivity optimization and find all the tools, settings, and reports overwhelming, this session is for you.

Register for tomorrow’s webinar to learn how easy it is to manage everyday productivity:

  • How to install ActivTrak agent and collect data
  • How to set your productivity goals
  • Working with Reports
  • Website blocking

Not free then? Register for the event, and we’ll e-mail you a link to the recording!