One Easy Step To Prevent Time Theft


I just came across this post on the HRMorning website. The author points out that the upcoming changes to overtime regulations may result in many more employees having to clock in and out than before. He speculates that resentment over this might lead some to “take some liberties” with their time reporting, such as:

  • Conducting personal business on company time;
  • Arrriving late (or leaving early, for that matter) but recording it on their timesheet as “on time”;
  • “Buddy punching” for another worker (in other words, clocking in or out on behalf of someone else who isn’t actually present at the time);
  • Taking long lunches or breaks but neglecting to record the extra time away from work.

Thing is, if you employ overtime-eligible workers today, these are all issues you’ve possibly been dealing with for years. According to a 2009 Harris Interactive survey, up to 21% of workers admitted to “time theft” — most of them using exactly the same tactics outlined by the author of the HRMorning article! (And if that many admit to it, just imagine how many do it but won’t ‘fess up!)

You Don’t Have To Take This Lying Down

Whether you’ve been dealing with the problem of “time theft” for years or it’s something new you’re potentially facing due to the upcoming overtime rules changes, we’re here to help. For instance, Acroprint offers a number of biometric options that require your employees to be physically present in order to clock in or out. This effectively eliminates the problem of “buddy punching.” In addition, while it’s easy to record inaccurate arrival and departure times on handwritten timesheets or manual spreadsheets, that’s virtually impossible with an automated time recording system.

If you’re worried that some employees might resent having to clock in and out, check out our FaceVerify system (part of the timeQplus product suite). We’ve used it here in our own offices, and I and can personally attest it’s incredibly fast and accurate, totally hands-free, and doesn’t require anything more than simply looking into the terminal for a second or two in order to record arrival and departure times. It’s so high-tech it doesn’t really feel like you’re “clocking in,” and it fits easily into even the most modern office setting.

And because the time-recording is automated and uses biometric verification, it will completely eliminate almost all of the issues raised by the author of the HRMorning article. 😉

Time Tracking Is Good For Business

Whether you have overtime-eligible employees now, or you anticipate having overtime-eligible employees after the overtime rules are updated, recording their work hours is not only a good idea, it’s the law. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) you are required to accurately record and maintain records of their work time.

But even if none of your employees are eligible for overtime, and you don’t anticipate any becoming eligible later in 2016, recording their work time is still a good idea, both for your business profitability and for your employees’ morale and work satisfaction. Even if all your employees are salaried, you can (and, I believe, should) still record their time and enjoy the benefits of accurate time tracking.

There’s no need for you to wait until the new overtime regulations come out to improve the accuracy of your employee time tracking. And if you’re not tracking employee time yet, why wait to improve your business productivity and profitability and increase your worker morale? Visit our online store to see all your options for automated time tracking. You’re sure to find something that’s ideal for your business.

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