Despite still being found at workplaces around the country, the classic time clock is often seen as a relic of the past. These mostly-mechanical devices have never entirely satisfied those who made use of their services, whether its hourly employees or the managers and executives who count on their output to help make sense of work hours. Though they are simple to use, time clocks of this sort have a number of inherent weaknesses that often frustrate those who rely on them. Modern biometric time and attendance systems address these issues and frustrations, all the while delivering flexibility and efficiency that had once been unthinkable.
One of the biggest, most well-known problems with traditional timekeeping systems is the issue of employee attendance fraud. Since the inception of the mechanical “Bundy” time clock, unethical employees have sought to subvert it by colluding to clock each other in and out, despite one party not actually being in attendance. Without a proper timekeeping system in place, this is easy to do as it generally means little more than punching a coworker’s easily accessible time card, and has undoubtedly resulted in businesses losing incredible sums of money over the course of the years.
Biometric time and attendance systems make this problem a thing of the past. These systems include reliable, precise fingerprint readers that verify and authenticate an employee’s true identity when he or she is punching in and out. Powerful in application, a fingerprint time clock is surprisingly easy to use. Employees do a one-time registration by simply scaning their fingerprint using a small reader on the time clock. Once the image has been encrypted, it is stored as a numerical value that serves to identify employees each and every time they punch in and out from that point on.
While fingerprint-based readers provide sufficient security for any business, there are other forms of biometric time clocks available as well, including facial recognition time clocks. Facial recognition time clocks require the presence of several uniquely identifying facial features in order for attendance to be marked. Like the fingerprint devices, they are extremely difficult to manipulate or bypass with practices such as buddy punching. Also like the fingerprint devices, the time involved in punching in and out is minimal as the employee simply has to stand in front of the device for a few seconds for their face to register.
Overall, the savings and efficiency gains that biometric time keeping systems provide make them a strong investment and a powerful tool when it comes to tracking and storing employee work hours. When used properly, they can save your business valuable time and money.