A workspace is a diverse place. It has all the makings of a big ball of energy. And those balls of energy often do nothing at work except get distracted by the very tools they are meant to use to get work done. Technology is both a bane and a blessing, and no matter what no employer can overlook this fact — they can control it, however.

Computer hacking, spying, security risks, malware, and more, the kind of things and thoughts we associate with any spy software are definitely not positive. The fact is, however, that if used in an ethical manner, spy software can help you drum up big data on productivity.

When you make sure that your employees are constantly wired, the likelihood is that you are also wiring them with distractions. For instance, how do you know that your company owned phones are not being used for personal calls? How can you tell whether your delivery boy ended up at his destination and not at his personal pit stop? Can you tell when an employee is spending more time chatting and less time typing up that report? You might not be able to but spy software most certainly can. Some estimates suggest that 45% employees waste time surfing the internet, 23% spend time socializing, and 7% focus on their personal work which is unrelated to the company, while the rest spend time doing a variety of other things.

What stands out when we have a go at the stats is that employees like digital tools and they work well with them, but they also love using them to waste time on things that are absolutely unrelated to their jobs. So they end up billing companies for time spent on nothing, basically. But how does spy software solve this issue, right?

For starters, any company that has a proper and ethical policy on monitoring implemented in the workspace will be able to get great utility out of it. This does two things: when employees are taken into confidence about policies they feel less insecure and resentful and it does not hurt their productivity. It also ensures that they watch their own behavior while working. Honestly, what employee would continue spending four hours of their day on funny cat videos if they know the bosses know that they are not doing anything else? Think of the examples cited earlier, a monitoring app or software could tell you when calls are made to numbers other than officially required. It can also tell you, through GPS tracking, that your delivery boy may have gone home for a nap. And it can most certainly tell you the amount of time that was spent on social media while work was pending.

The idea of using a spy app is not to torment employees. Any good manager will only look at the data derived from such an app as a key. What employees aren’t able to focus on work? Why? These are answers you can actually get from the information you gain from a spy app. Used in a constructive manner it’s one of the best tools any employer or manager can get their hands on to up the ante on productivity.

The current generation would more often work in a relaxed environment than earn a high salary, and that means you can’t force them to shut their Facebook down. But that also doesn’t mean you’re helpless and can’t motivate them to work better. Ironically, spy software can help you with that.