Getting Creative

In a recent newsletter article (Are You Getting the Most from Your Time and Attendance System), I mentioned several alternative uses for a time and attendance system, beyond simply tracking employee time.  We looked at ways time and attendance data could help enhance revenue, improve business processes and control costs.

For instance, there’s the story of the day care system that issued a badge to each child they cared for. When the children arrived in the classroom, they’d clock themselves in, and when their parents came to pick them up later, they’d clock themselves out. The day care center then used the time reports to generate invoices for the parents for the number of hours of care provided each week.

The center director estimated they were generating $1,000 in additional revenue each week because of more accurate billing, which is nothing to sneeze at.

You know, I thought that was pretty darned cool.

Besides that, I mentioned some other instances of creative uses we’ve heard about over the years from our customers.

But researching the topic really got me curious. I’m sure we’ve only scratched the surface of ways time and attendance technology can be adapted to meet all sorts of business and organizational needs.

So, my talented, intelligent and perceptive readers, here’s your chance to shine. Can you think of any clever new ways an organization might be able to put to use a time and attendance solution — either a punch clock or a software-based system? Is your organization doing something out of the box with your system?

I’d love to hear your stories and ideas. Post them in the comments below, or if you’re feeling a little shy, send me an email. (It’s safe — I seldom bite! 🙂 )


  1. Miggy M. says:

    In our organization where most of us employees are working in front of the computer used a time and attendance system that tracks time accurately on REAL TIME. It can give you a reading on exactly where a person spent most of his/her time, and how much of that time was productive or unproductive. This also helps us employees to stay focus on tasks and limit wasted time. Another good thing about this tool is it allows employees to take a break in every two hours of work which can help refresh sanity.

    • Diane A says:

      That’s interesting! As an employee myself, I don’t know that I’d appreciate having my boss looking over my (virtual) shoulder measuring every keystroke. But different strokes for different folks, I guess! 🙂 And if it helps you feel more focused and productive (and not micromanaged) that’s excellent. Encouraging people to get up and take a break from the computer every so often is a good thing, too.

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