Time And Attendance Systems

Written by Mark Sanfilippo
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It seems like employers are on a continual search to find a better way to record the hours that their employees work. Time clocks have certainly come a long way since their inception, but they are still essentially devices that show when an employee started working, and when they stopped working, or "clocked out." Determining which type of attendance system is right for you and your company can be a difficult task.

Some smaller businesses still opt for some of the simpler mechanical "time stamps." These are extremely simple devices that simply do what their name implies. They stamp the time, and sometimes the date, onto any flat surface that is inserted into them. They are fairly affordable, and if you don't have "card swapping" issues to deal with, or a large workforce, they can be very useful.

Once you part ways with the time stamp however, things get more complicated even as they become more expensive. For larger workforces it can be a great idea to invest in a little bit more sophisticated style system. Some of the time clock systems even have "biometric" or fingerprint analysis technology built into them.

Choosing a System

One of the biggest factors when determining which attendance system is right for you company is the size of your workforce. Computerized systems and PC based systems will generally denote the maximum amount of employees they can handle. It is important to factor in potential company growth as well. If you are a startup company, but you plan to double your workforce within three years, then it might be wise to invest in a system that will grow with your company.

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