Take Steps Now For Better Time Tracking In 2012

It’s hard to believe it’s December already. Yet another year seems to have flown by!

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Not too long ago, I came across a statistic that the average company holds on to its time and attendance solution for seven to 10 years. That’s a long time, especially considering all the recent advances in time tracking technology. Try to remember what personal computers were like 10 years ago, compared with their capabilities today. Well, the advances over the past decade in time and attendance tracking are similarly dramatic.

If you’re still using an older time tracking system, your business could be losing out on the advantages offered by a modern timekeeping solution. It may be time to take steps toward an upgrade.

No Time Like The Present

If you’ve had your current solution for more than a few years, December is a terrific time to re-evaluate your system. Take a look at what time and attendance systems can offer these days. Find out if these newer systems offer capabilities you don’t have now, or more secure data entry terminals, or any other enhanced features you could use.

For instance, if you’re concerned about “buddy punching,” you can get a snazzy biometric time and attendance system for less than $600. Use our Savings Calculator to see just how quickly time theft adds up — and find out how much you can save simply by being sure employees are physically present when they clock in or out.

Or let’s say to help morale and promote work/life balance, you now allow your employees the option of telecommuting. You still need to record time for overtime-eligible employees (including salaried non-exempt workers). You may want to consider upgrading to our online time clock, AcroTime. Your employees can safely and securely clock in and out, no matter where they’re working. All they need is Internet access and a browser.

Do your research now. Know what you need, and how it will benefit your business. When January rolls around to begin a new year (and for those of us who operate on a calendar fiscal year, a new budget) you’ll be ready to take advantage of the opportunity.

Best of all, depending on what sort of time tracking you’re using now, an upgraded system could pay for itself in as little as a few months! And that would make a pretty good way to start off the new year, don’t you think?


  1. David Young says:

    Online and web-based time clocks seem like a great idea to me, as they help manage the growing base of telecommuters so many companies have.

    • Diane A says:

      And they work well when a company has a seasonally-fluctuating workforce, since the employer only pays for active employees. Lots of reasons to love online time clocks! 🙂

  2. Monroy says:

    Managers/HR have the responsibility to monitor his staff’s productivity. He should keep variety of records, including his employee’s time. By installing an employee monitoring software, you would know how much time your staff was working on a certain task. You could also see their weaknesses and you could identify the areas that need improvements.
    Using an employee monitoring software will make it easier not only for the HR but also for the accountant to calculate the payroll.

  3. It has been a full year since this post. Did you apply what you read? Have you installed a time attendance system that simplifies your payroll, and gives you a clear cross sectional picture of your work force?

    If yes, good work, congratulations, that was very pro-active of you and I am sure that you are enjoying the benefits of this.

    If no, reread this article, except this time whenever it says “2012” change it to “2013”. Because the information is still relevant. There are some new programs out there now, but the principles stand. Also this year, do it.

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