Without a doubt, there is hardly an employer somewhere around the globe, who is not interested in how diligent his/her employees are and how well they are working. However, frequently, this interest is satisfied only in the form of reports provided by employees themselves.
For employers who want more data, there is a number of ways to track employee time. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.
This is one of the oldest ways of keeping track of the payroll employees’ time. Basically, employees are required to write down the time they show up at their workplace and the time they leave. However, it leaves much space for cheating, plus it is growing old-fashioned with the advanced technologies around.
2. Hired “timekeeper”
Some companies hire a person to take over attendance and control employees’ work time. They are required to keep track of the hours every staff member works daily as well as their timely arriving and leaving. This is also practical for companies whose employees spend most of their time out of the office. By showing up at random times at different work sites, these employees can control workers’ presence and timely task accomplishment. Still, this method doesn’t exclude “human factor” and is sometimes biased.
3. Time clock
A quite widespread way of tracking employee time at work is using time clocks – machines used for logging in and out the staff members’ times of starting and finishing work. They are frequently integrated with the accounting software to manage payroll according to the total hours worked. There is a multitude of ways to identify employees – from personal badges and swipe cards to fingerprints or retina scanners. Being helpful in counting the time a person spent at work, these devices are nevertheless useless when it comes to getting more detailed information. In simple words, they show when a person comes to the office, but it remains a secret for them whether he/she started work right away or how many breaks he/she took etc.
4.Time tracker app
As the great alternative to the above-mentioned methods that takes into account their drawbacks and turns them into strengths, a time tracking software comes into play. Unlike the methods that only count how much time an employee works (or rather, spends at a workplace), it can provide a full picture of his/her daily activity. For example, Yaware.TimeTracker can be installed on a computer or a smartphone (for travelling employees) and records the following data:
- when an employee started and finished work;
- what resources (websites, software applications) he/she used and how much time;
- how many breaks he/she took (it is also possible to allow comments for each absence from the computer, to differentiate between breaks on personal and business matters);
- what is the productivity of a certain employee (based on the ability to categorize all resources into productive, unproductive and neutral).
What are the advantages of a time tracker app?
Once installed and configured (which takes just a few minutes), the application doesn’t require any further attending to, but in its turn it diligently records and provides complete information on the employee time.
Busy employers don’t need to look into each worker’s daily activity (unless there’s such a necessity). The reports that are generated in no time present all the data in the form of diagrams, indicating who was late for work, left early, works overtime, detecting most and least productive employees, frequently used resources, productivity by departments or teams etc.
Possibility of distant work and flexible schedule
Implementing a time-tracker opens new horizons for company employees, too. They can be miles away from the office and still perform their duties and get paid fairly. It is also possible to introduce flexible schedule since the system allows to track the overall time worked a day to the minute.
Available anywhere anytime
All data gathered by a time tracking service can be easily accessed from any spot on Earth with Internet connection. So, for a person in charge who is obliged to travel a lot controlling the employees will no longer be a problem.
Looks like a time tracker app is right what your company needs? Yaware.Timetracker is available at no cost for 14 days so that you can evaluate its efficiency. Simply register an account and you’ll see how much more effective your staff members can be.