Processing Point Acquires Additional Office Space to Accommodate Growth

Processing Point, Inc., a leading provider of innovative, cloud-based business solutions and the creator of the uAttend Employee Management System, is pleased to announce the addition of 2,200 square feet of office space to support its fast growing enterprise. The newly acquired space is located next to the company’s current location at 2796 Loker Avenue West in Carlsbad, CA.

“With the new space, we’ve upgraded the quality control system for our uAccept point-of-sale solution and expanded our warehouse,” said Casey Barthelemy, Processing Point’s quality control manager. “We’ve also added overflow pallet storage for our products. This expansion not only accommodates our current needs, but also gives us room to grow.”

Processing Point has experienced substantial growth over the past few years with its popular line of cloud-based business solutions intended to help build a “Connected Workplace” for its customers. Products include the uAttend Employee Management System, uAccept MobileSwipe, uPunch, uText, uInvoice and the uAccept all-in-one POS system.

“Processing Point strives to provide quality products and outstanding customer service each and every day and is constantly assessing and evaluating ways in which we can do so,” said Dawn Berry, Processing Point communications director. “Our continuous expansion is indicative not just of our growth, but also of our commitment to meet customer needs and exceed expectations.”

About Processing Point
Processing Point, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative solutions for small businesses nationwide. From cutting-edge, cloud-based timekeeping software to the latest in mobile payment processing and point-of-sale solutions, Processing Point invests heavily in new technology in order to bring products and services that save clients both time and money.

For more information on Processing Point and any of its products, visit http://www.processingpoint.com or call 800-518-8925.

Businesses Need More than Just Time and Attendance Tracking

Today’s businesses depend on time and attendance systems to do much more than simply track how many hours their employees have worked each day. Today’s employers need an advanced system that can help streamline their payroll process, reduce overtime costs, eliminate time theft and allow managers to easily schedule, monitor and manage employee work hours and more.

A good time and attendance system gives businesses a virtual window into their workplace environment. They produce meaningful reports that include everything from employee work hours and breaks to audit trails with entries, corrections and approvals. Time tracking systems like uAttend make life that much easier for business owners and managers. They also provide key advantages when it comes to finances and productivity.

Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of today’s time and attendance systems.

1. Automation = Improved Workforce Productivity
Efficient businesses know how to do more with less, plain and simple. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to leverage automation. Automated systems can replace tedious and mundane administrative tasks that are inefficient and strain resources. Time and attendance tracking is a prime example. Automated time and attendance systems save hours of valuable time for HR and payroll departments. They no longer have to manually calculate, tally and process employee work hours for things like payroll or performance reviews and have instant, real-time access to work hour data such as missed punches and vacation requests. Through automation, they can do more work in less time and apply their new-found ‘free’ time toward productive tasks.

2. Minimize Compliance Risk
Businesses that use time and attendance systems also benefit from ensuring they are complying with labor laws and regulations such as the Fair Labor Standards Act or the Family Medical Leave Act. Compliance is yet another area that can be costly and time consuming. Accuracy is vital. Automated time tracking eliminates the element of human error and helps businesses safely and easily comply with policies. In addition, these solutions allow access to detailed audit trails should a complaint ever need to be addressed.

3. Lower Payroll Costs
One of the biggest benefits a cloud-based time and attendance system offers a business is reduced payroll costs. With automation comes accuracy and with accuracy comes savings. Manual processes often leave businesses vulnerable to hidden costs like payroll and overtime errors, as well as scheduling inefficiencies. By implementing an employee management system like uAttend, businesses can save anywhere from 1 to 8% on payroll costs. ROI is real.

4. Financial Outlook Window
Automated time and attendance systems open up a whole new window for businesses to peer into how their company is running. Owners and managers gain valuable insight on job costing, performance metrics, project expenses, labor costs and much more. Knowing when and where money is being spent, or possibly even lost, is critical to a successful and financial-sounds business, which is why cloud-based time tracking systems like uAttend are so important.

5. Eliminate Time Theft
Using a time and attendance tracking system that makes sure employees are getting paid on time and properly can save thousands of dollars a year in time theft. Time theft includes practices like buddy punching, rounding up hours or lying about hours on a time sheet. Studies have shown that buddy punching alone can cost up to 7% of a company’s gross annual payroll. Add in things like extended breaks or personal calls and it’s easy to see how time can be ‘stolen’. Time and attendance tracking systems are known for their roles in minimizing and often altogether eliminating time theft.

As always, these are just a few of the many benefits automated, cloud-connected time and attendance systems bring to today’s workplace. To learn more about the advantages of these solutions or for more specific details on the uAttend Employee Management System, the nation’s fastest growing cloud-connected time and attendance tracking solution, visit our website at www.uAttend.com or call 800-518-8925.

How to Determine Potential Savings from a Time and Attendance System

If you’re thinking about buying an automated time and attendance tracking system but aren’t quite sure if you’ll get the desired ROI, this post is for you! Let’s determine the potential savings that could be found from implementing a time tracking system in your workplace.

To determine potential savings that a time and attendance system might bring, it is best to first evaluate your current employee time tracking situation and identify areas of improvement. As you review your processes, look for things such as inefficiencies, high administrative costs, redundant data entry and data entry errors, labor time consumption and other pain points. One very useful question to ask is simply “where could savings come from?”. Might they come from reducing payroll processing time and labor costs? Or from reducing payroll errors and reporting time? Might they come from eliminating unauthorized overtime or buddy punching? Or from having off-site access to time and attendance data?

The truth is that savings can come from any and all of these steps, which is why automated time tracking systems like uAttend are so meaningful and effective. If you use a manual time tracking system or have a traditional time clock and notice any of the core issues mentioned above during your process analysis, chances are you will find great benefit in an automated time tracking system. In fact, many businesses see an immediate ROI after integrating a time and attendance solution.

Tracking employee time might seem like a basic task, but don’t underestimate its potential to save your business valuable revenue and positively impact your bottom line. Today’s advanced time clock systems not only reduce the time and effort it takes to monitor, record and manage employee time, but also allow you to generate reports, receive real-time alerts if someone is late, and even prepare you for performance reviews. Not only that, but solutions like the uAttend Employee Management System essentially automate your entire payroll process ensuring accurate, to-the-minute work hour records and paychecks. Cloud-connected software enables users to access and retrieve employee work hour data any time and from anywhere. With minimal initial investment and a scalable month-to-month contract, it is easy to see how the benefits of an automated time and attendance tracking system means huge savings for your business.

If you’d like to learn more about saving money by automating your time and attendance process, visit our website at www.uAttend.com or call 800-518-8925.

Is it Time to Rethink Your Time and Attendance System?

As a small business owner, you know what it’s like to have every minute of your day allocated to your daily operations. You also know the importance of prioritizing when it comes to running your business efficiently. Free time is a hot commodity and one you likely see very little of. So, how would you like to free up some of that time-strapped schedule? If you’re still using time sheets or punch time cards, the uAttend™ Employee Management System can help save your valuable time. In fact, depending on the size of your company and number of employees, you could find yourself saving hours each pay period.

Not sure if you really need an automated time tracking system? Here are a few questions and thoughts to consider:

  1. How much time do you currently spend on manual time and attendance tracking and payroll processing?
  2. How old is your current system?
  3. Would you benefit from a scalable solution?
  4. Does your workforce have options when it comes to clocking in and out?
  5. Do you have any employees that work remote?
  6. Does your current system seem costly or expensive?
  7. Is your current system cumbersome, bulky and take up space?
  8. How much time is committed to maintaining your current system?
  9. Do you ever wish you could see your employees’ work hour information when you are away from the office?
  10. Do you have an easy way to access, store and retrieve employee time and attendance data?

Each of these questions is intended to help guide your decision as to whether or not you could benefit from an automated time and attendance system. Of course, perhaps the most important questions to ask are 1) whether or not you could use an extra hour or so each week, and 2) whether or not you want to boost your profits by lower operating and labor costs. If your answer to these last two questions is yes, then it’s time to invest in an automated time tracking system like uAttend.

Ready to take the next step? Visit www.uAttend.com for product information, or click here to find out how to choose the right time and attendance system to suit your business needs.

How Monitoring Employee Time and Attendance Improves Productivity

employee productivity improvementsWe hear the word monitoring a lot these days, often in relation to surveillance and national security. The association of ‘monitoring’ with ‘spying’ has kind of given the word a bad rap. In reality, monitoring can be very useful and meaningful, especially when put to good use for business.

We’ve touched previously on the “Cleaning House” study where researchers found that surveillance software reduced employee time theft at nearly 400 participating restaurants by an average of $100 a week. While this certainly adds up over the span of a year, the real kicker of this study was the fact that revenues at these restaurants increased on average by nearly $3,000 a week!

If you take a step back and ask why this might be, it’s hard to argue that it was a direct result of implementing monitoring software. As soon as the employees knew they were being watched and would be made accountable for their work, they began to work harder. In this case, monitoring not only reduced time theft practices, but also boosted productivity.

This is actually a great model for how time and attendance tracking can help improve employee productivity. When employees know their hours are being monitored and that they can no longer get away with theft of any form (wage fraud, buddy punching, extended breaks, etc.), they step up in performance. There is also the element of equality when electronically tracking employee time and attendance. Every employee knows that he or she is being held to the same standard and level of expectation when it comes to work hours and attendance behavior. In addition to boosting performance and productivity levels, monitoring employee time can also help boost employee morale. Every employee is treated the same – in a fair, objective and accurate manner leaving no cause for duress about bias or favoritism.

Of course, it’s not all about your employees, it’s about your bottom line. If you don’t have a solid time tracking system in place, that line is likely getting very thin. Think employees stealing a few minutes here and a few minutes there is no big deal? Think again! If a single employee ends up stealing just ten minutes a day, this is the equivalent of 25 hours over a year. That’s more than one full day or equal to three free or additional vacation days. Multiply that by your number of employees and you’ll get a good idea of how much you might save in labor costs by implementing a time and attendance tracking system.

The key point here is that your employees will work harder for you if and when they know you’re paying attention. If you’re interested in taking a step toward boosting productivity, morale and profits in your workplace, consider investing in an effective time tracking system. uAttend is the first place to start looking. The uAttend Employee Management System offers a robust line of time clocks and time attendance software and can help address your employee monitoring needs. For more information, visit www.uAttend.com or call 800-518-8925.

 

How to Stop Buddy Punching in the Workplace

how to stop buddy punching with a biometric time clockStop Buddy Punching for good with a uAttend biometric time clock.

Buddy punching in the workplace is one of the most common forms of time theft that today’s business owners struggle to fight against. The final result of which is a loss of revenue due to unnecessary labor costs. In all actuality, businesses of all sizes and from all over the world are losing billions of dollars in payroll expenses to this unethical practice. The good news is there is an easy way to stop buddy punching in its tracks. Installing a biometric time and attendance tracking system from uAttend eliminates an employee’s ability to punch in and out for a coworker, thus helping to ensure you only pay wages for hours that were actually worked.

With a uAttend biometric time & attendance solution in place, you can put an end to buddy punching for good. Below we offer a few other ways that our biometric time clocks help stop time theft:

  1. Buddy Punching – As indicated earlier, a biometric time clock is an effective means to stop buddy punching. Since these devices require an employee’s unique, physiological trait, there is little chance of employees punching in and out for one another.
  2.  Eliminated Human Error – uAttend’s time and attendance software is completely automated and records employee punches in real time. This means employees no longer need to remember exact work hours and jot them down on a time card, which is where a lot of errors can occur. Through automation, you know the employee work hour data is accurate and reliable.
  3. Wage Fraud – Another way businesses lose money is from employees rounding up their work hours. As much as you want to trust an honor system, a minute here or five minutes there can add up to a big expense for employers. Our cloud-based biometric time tracking solutions eliminate the loss of money lost to wage fraud.

Want to learn more about how to stop to buddy punching and save your business time and money? Visit our website at www.uAttend.com and reap the benefits of a uAttend time and attendance tracking system.

Time Tracking and Time Theft – What’s the Connection?

Tracking employee attendance - Stop Time TheftIn this day and age, businesses can pretty much track everything. By doing so, companies can determine things like how many people a message reached, how many products were sold due to a specific ad campaign, how many likes and shares they got on a social media post and even how many people to hire for seasonal help. On an administrative level, businesses use software to track everything from inventory and website leads to performance metrics and workflow processes. However, one of the most important things a business can track is its employees’ time.

Why is this? Well, employee time tracking allows businesses to better manage the productivity and performance of their workforce by identifying the areas where they can spend their time more efficiently. And with more and more of today’s workforces going mobile, time tracking has become an essential means of effectively monitoring and managing an employee’s work hours. Yet, all these wonderful things aside, the number one reason many businesses keep track of their employees’ time is to prevent time theft and save on labor costs.

You see, in addition to improving employee productivity, time tracking is also necessary to prevent time theft. Employee time theft includes everything from buddy punching to employees rounding up or lying about work hours on their time sheets. It has been reported that between extended breaks and the abuse of personal time (e.g., Facebook, personal calls, office talk, emailing, etc.), the average employee ‘steals’ between four and five hours a week from their employer. This adds up to one full working week annually per employee and costs businesses hundreds of billions of dollars.

As noted earlier, time theft comes in a variety of forms and can often be difficult to detect and prevent. Here are a few more examples, in detail:

  1. Time Sheet Fraud – Employees often round up when they are responsible to mark and record their own hours. It might only be by five minutes here or ten minutes there, but this time adds up in the long run and is easy to get away with when businesses don’t have a time clock system in place.
  2. Time Card Fraud – Two words here: buddy punching. Many employees cheat their employers out of time worked by having a friend punch him or her in if they happen to be running late or if they take off early.
  3. Extended Breaks – Break abuse is probably the most common form of time theft and is also one of the trickiest ones to monitor and prove. This involves taking extended breaks and not marking down the time, and even taking unauthorized breaks.
  4. Personal Business – Personal business abuse is another form of time theft that is challenging to monitor. This includes making and receiving personal phone calls, chatting at the water cooler, texting/instant messaging and spending work time on social networking sites.

While no single system will be able to guarantee the elimination of all time theft, (identifying certain forms of abuse often requires a level of manual supervision), there are plenty of solutions available to minimize certain practices in your workplace. Implementing a time clock to record time and attendance is a great first step. This automatically eliminates time sheet fraud and stops dishonest employees from rounding up work hours. Of all the time clock solutions currently available, though, a biometric fingerprint time clock with cloud-based time and attendance tracking software is one of the best to buy. A biometric time clock verifies and authenticates an employee’s identity and instills a level of accountability among your workforce. In addition, most systems leverage the cloud to record, store and access any and all employee work hour data. This means the information is available 24/7 and can be retrieved from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet connection.

A biometric, cloud-based time and attendance system can also help play a major role in avoiding wage violation claims. Cloud-based systems record attendance in real-time and store the data on secure servers with an extremely high level of surveillance. There are audit trails that allow you to see which administers have been in the system and/or may have made any changes and you can generate and print a variety of meaningful reports to analyze attendance behaviors and performance levels.

So, is time tracking really necessary? Well, there are numerous studies that indicate time theft costs U.S. businesses up to $400 Billion a year, and there is also a multi-million dollar time tracking industry to prove that time tracking works. The connection is apparent and the improvement is real. The important thing is to invest in the right system, which is where uAttend comes in. The uAttend™ Employee Management System is not only the most reliable and affordable online time tracking solution on the market, but it is also one of the most effective and customizable.

To learn more about uAttend and its robust line of online time tracking solutions, visit www.uAttend.com.

Are Your Employees Among the One-Fifth That Undermine Their Employers?

A recent poll released by Gallup, (the State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders), has discovered that more than half of the U.S. workforce is dissatisfied with either their job or their managers. The poll further indicates that up to 20% of these employees are not only unhappy, but are also actively undermining the companies they work for by lowering the morale of their colleagues and draining organization resources.  biometric time clock to stop time theft

The Cost of Actively Disengaged Employees

According to the poll figures, Gallup interviewed more than 150,000 full and part-time employees over the course of the last year. The end result concluded that 18% (nearly one-fifth) of U.S. employees could be distinguished as “actively disengaged.” The showcasing of “disengagement” can be found in various ways such as frequent sick-leaves, wasting management’s time, spreading unhappiness to co-workers, being unproductive and sabotaging one’s work environment.

“Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish,” the report concludes (http://media2.kjrh.com/html/pdfs/unhappyemployees_gallup.pdf), p. 21). Gallup estimated that U.S. businesses are suffering a staggering loss each year ranging from $450 billion to $550 billion in terms of lost productivity – all as a result of unhappy employees.

The woes of U.S. employers are not just limited to unhappy workers. They also face another menace in the form of time theft. An earlier survey by Harris Interactive concluded that more than 5% of U.S. workers actually admitted to falsifying their time records. An even bigger percentage of the employees polled admitted to punching in for absent buddies. The lost productivity figures as a direct result of time theft practices were reported around $450 billion annually. It is anybody’s guess that among the list of activities used by employees to undermine their employers, time theft is bound to be at the top.

biometric time and attendanceEmployers can deal with this particular problem following just a few easy steps. First, implement a biometric time clock system to prevent time theft and guarantee that your employees are getting paid strictly for the hours they have worked. A second way to deal with the issue is to address unhappy employees and try to boost their morale. This can be achieved by hiring better managers, implementing HR policies that encourage employees to be engaged, asking employees what you can do for them to improve work environments, and making sure they know you consider their contribution as being important to your organization.

With this two-fold strategy, your business can avoid both employee disengagement and time theft. Learn more about biometric time and attendance systems by visiting uAttend.com.

Processing Point Proudly Sponsors Diablo Golf Classic Charity Event

Processing Point and uAttend time clock systems are once again proud sponsors of the annual Diablo Golf Classic charity event that will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA. The event is in its 6th year now and has been able to raise more than $10,000 for different charities since its inception. The Diablo has enjoyed steady growth over the years, but this year is expected to be the biggest one yet. The tournament is widely anticipated to surpass previous years with plenty of entertainment and surprise contests at various, uniquely-coined “Diablo Holes.”  time clock

“Going on 6 years now, the Diablo Golf Classic has really started to pick up momentum and the response from everyone who’s attended has been really positive.” said Ryan Sebring, co-founder and tournament director. “I think what makes this event different from others is that we literally transform the 18 hole course into an over-sized putt-putt course. From the first tee to the last, each hole presents a challenge or modification to the normal rules of golf. Imagine Caddyshack meets Happy Gilmore meets Halloween. It’s unlike any golf tournament you have ever played in before. The response and support year after year is really overwhelming and we expect this year to be the best yet.”

All the proceeds generated from the 2013 Diablo Golf Classic will be going to “Chippin’ for Children”, which is a charity that donates to vital organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

Processing Point has had a long association with the Diablo and feels that it provides a unique mixture of having fun and doing something for a good cause at the same time. As a company that firmly believes in the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, Processing Point actively pursues charitable sponsorship opportunities and has supported many events in the past, including previous years of the Diablo Golf Classic.

“We look forward to the Diablo Golf Classic each and every year as both a title sponsor and as participants,” said Dawn Berry, Marketing Manager for Processing Point and uAttend. “The Diablo is a fun and enjoyable day at a beautiful Southern California golf course with teams made up of friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. More importantly, it is a truly rewarding experience because everyone, from the sponsors to the golfers to the volunteers, are paying something forward to a greater good.”

Processing Point advocates lending a hand to charity and encourages individuals and teams to sign up and join them in this one-of-a-kind golf tournament. Register TODAY at http://www.DiabloGolfClassic.com.

Processing Point is the maker of uAttend online attendance software systems.

Stop Employees From Rounding off Work Hours With uAttend Employees’ Time Clocks

Tardiness, proxy attendance and time theft are some of the most common occurrences in workplaces that function without employees’ time clocks. While some of these employee acts are willful attempts to defraud their employers, there are times when employees engage in these practices without ever realizing that what they are doing is a form of theft. Rounding off work hours is an example of such practices.

The vast majority of employees would likely flinch at the thought of stealing petty cash or office supplies from their workplace. However, if their employer manualweb based time clockly tracks time using the honor system with a pen and paper, these same employees might not hesitate rounding their hours off when they arrive late or leave early. One way or another, the business feels a sting from revenue losses that are a direct result of this practice. If employers were to utilize automatic web based time clock systems like uAttend, this problem would simply cease to exist.

How uAttend Workforce Management Solutions Help Your Business

Automated time and attendance systems offered by uAttend provide an ironclad solution for your time and attendance needs. Coupled with biometrics, these innovative time keeping software systems identify employees by their fingerprints and facial patterns. When employees arrive and leave work, they punch in using these unique physical features, which are nearly impossible to falsify. Since no two individuals have the same physiological traits, this method of punching ensures there is no manipulation of your time and attendance data.

Once you start accurately tracking and recording employee work hours (without employees rounding off hours), you will notice a clear boost in revenue and savings. You will also see an impact on employee productivity. Think about it – if an employee steals just 15 minutes from you each and every workday, it can have a substantial impact on your business in the long run. By implementing employees time clocks, you can eliminate the bleeding of revenue and start paying your employees exactly what you owe.

In addition to eradicating the practice of rounding off employee work hours, these devices also benefit small and medium sized businesses by eliminating time theft, reducing human error, and decreasing a company’s dependence on human capital to manage and process payroll.

If you own and operate a business that manually tracks and manages payroll, web based time clock systems can – and will – help you cut down on operating costs and eliminate the rounding off of employee work hours for good! Start saving TODAY with uAttend!