This new Slack integration developed by Nigerian coders helps track time for remote employees

2 June 2017

Digital Content

One of the biggest reservations employers have about remote working is that it is difficult to track employee activities and work hours. The idea that they won’t be able to keep an eye on their employees and be aware of where they are during work hours makes them uncomfortable.

 

Many employers also don’t trust their employees enough to let them work remotely. According to Phil Flaxton, CEO of Work Wise UK, “The fear factor for many managers is: ‘If I can’t see you how do I know you are working?’” Even though employees have to get up very early in the morning to beat the traffic (or get stuck in it) and then come sit down for 8 barely productive hours, that seems to be a better option for employers than allowing them to work remotely and complete tasks during their peak hours.

 

Except manual labour is a necessity for the job, open offices and fixed 9-5 working hours might just be the most suboptimal inventions in the history of work.

 

So, what happens if employers could get one of these monkeys off their back? What if they could easily track the time and activities of their remote workers on remote working apps like Slack? What if they wanted to hire across time zones and make sure everyone was putting in the hours required? These questions are the foundation for Nigerian software developers Yomi Eluwande and Olayinka Omole’s new Slack integration, Worklogs (because Slack is the most common remote working app used in Nigeria). Read the full article in Ventures here.