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Timely’s automation and privacy-first approach makes it the definitive Workpuls alternative. Trade Big Brother screenshots and webcam photos for empowering, privacy-first automatic time tracking.

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An alternative to Workpuls’ Big Brother mindset

Timely and Workpuls both automatically track the time you spend on different work activities without the need for manual timers. But the tools diverge sharply over the purpose and ethics for capturing that data.

Workpuls is an employee monitoring tool in the most Big Brother sense of the term. It tracks the time employees spend in different apps and websites, as well as active or idle status, to give employers a “second-by-second detailed data about employees' computer activities”. Managers are also able to take timed screenshots of employee screens and use the creepily named “stealth mode” to spy on employees without them knowing. With few features to help actual users manage or report their time, Workpuls is a top-down tool designed for paranoid employers.

In extreme contrast, Timely is a privacy-first automatic time tracking tool built to empower employees. It captures the time each user spends in websites and apps throughout the day to streamline timesheet logging and support personal time management. Crucially, all captured data stays 100% private to each individual—no colleague or boss can ever access it or take screenshots. The objective is to enable employees by minimizing essential admin and providing insights into the way they work, rather than creating a mechanism to police them.

In this context, Workpuls’ free trial matters relatively little. Ultimately, a robust automatic time tracking solution should satisfy a very basic purpose: capturing hours as accurately and easily as possible without destroying team trust and culture.

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What makes Timely the best Workpuls alternative?

Offering timesheets, real-time project dashboards, capacity management, task management and reporting, Timely is quite a step up from Workpuls’ limited feature set. Crucially, it actually protects employee privacy and is designed to help everyone manage and improve their personal productivity. Here are a few reasons why Workpuls users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates or overlooked billable hours from struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a completely accurate timeline of every day automatically, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Minimize time tracking overhead

Instead of starting and stopping timers as you move between tasks, Timely lets you stay 100% focused on your work. In addition to automating daily time tracking, it also minimizes timesheet admin by drafting time entries for you. Free more time for the work that matters!

Manage and report effortlessly

Report effortlessly with confidence

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Protect team trust

Offering user-level privacy by design, Timely is a tracking tool that teams can actually trust. Every employee gets their own private work timeline and they control what information goes public. We will never support creepy surveillance functionality — your private work data is for your eyes only.

Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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Why G2 users love Timely?

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

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Timely is rated highest for:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Policy compliance management
Timely has an average 96% satisfaction rating for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
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Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shapes and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. Independent G2 users rate Timely higher than Timely alternatives in almost every performance category—from ROI and usability to ease of setup and customer relationship. Timely has been awarded 🏆 "Leader” status among the 114 time tracking software reviewed on G2’s platform, and the 🏆 No. 1 easiest time tracking software to use.

Timely is rated highest on:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Tracking time to projects
Timely has a 97% user satisfaction rate for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of doing business
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of admin

Timely’s top features

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

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Automatic Time Tracking
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • AI-drafted timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
Effortless reporting
  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
Accounting and billing
  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history
Real-time visibility
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
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Time spent on timesheets/week
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Time taken to onboard users
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Time tracking compliance
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What people make of Timely

What past

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users make of Timely

“Timely empowers our staff to write better timesheets. Employee privacy lies at the heart of the tool and is the confidence our people need.”

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Alex via Typeform
Alex via Typeform

“Compass employees adore that they can trust Memory to track all their computer activity without automatically sharing it with the company. Everyone stays in control of their data.”

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Beau
Beau

“My developers love your product. We use it to track project hours for client billing, reporting, and internal efficiency. We also use it to help us personally avoid distraction, track time on team tasks, and see where we spend time.”

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Navi via Typerform
Navi via Typerform

"For the first time ever, I logged as many billable hours as one of our highest producers at the agency. This tool paid for itself in a single day. The two week trial was fantastic, and when I saw the trial was expired, my boss could not have pulled out her credit card any faster."

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Erika via Typeform
Erika via Typeform

“It’s a game changer. By tracking everything we work on automatically, we don’t have to think about time tracking any more—we can just focus 100% on our work.”

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Vince, Yummygum
Vince, Yummygum
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“Timely empowers our staff to write better timesheets. Employee privacy lies at the heart of the tool and is the confidence our people need.”

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Alex via Typeform
Alex via Typeform

“Compass employees adore that they can trust Memory to track all their computer activity without automatically sharing it with the company. Everyone stays in control of their data.”

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Beau
Beau

“My developers love your product. We use it to track project hours for client billing, reporting, and internal efficiency. We also use it to help us personally avoid distraction, track time on team tasks, and see where we spend time.”

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Navi via Typerform
Navi via Typerform

"For the first time ever, I logged as many billable hours as one of our highest producers at the agency. This tool paid for itself in a single day. The two week trial was fantastic, and when I saw the trial was expired, my boss could not have pulled out her credit card any faster."

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Erika via Typeform
Erika via Typeform

“It’s a game changer. By tracking everything we work on automatically, we don’t have to think about time tracking any more—we can just focus 100% on our work.”

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Vince, Yummygum
Vince, Yummygum
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