It’s been a standard practice for years to have people clock in and out of different work sites, allowing companies, and particularly staffing agencies, to keep track of hours in a standardized way. Time clocks were cutting edge when they came into widespread use. Over the years, however, we’ve noticed a lot of inefficiencies with this technology.
Time clocks are inefficient for many reasons. In short, they are clunky and expensive to manage. There’s hardware maintenance, the expense of the actual devices, and the time lost to people waiting to clock in or out, lined up at the device.
But people are used to time clocks. Clients want to verify that people are clocking in on-site, especially if it’s a worker from a staffing agency versus a regular employee.
Enter the smartphone! These devices are in almost every pocket, especially younger generations that are working in staffing agency environments. Mobile technology means the good old on-site time clock is on its way out. The mobile alternative has major advantages.
How Mobile Time Clock Tech Works
Clients want to know that a worker they have hired is on site. A geo-fenced mobile app solves that issue by only allowing workers to clock in or out when they are within the specified site area. This ensures that people are showing up to work, versus clocking in or out from another location.
You can add more features that keep clients happy, like an identification photo taken as someone clocks in or out as an added layer of security.
IP-restricted tablets are an option for sites or clients that do not want to rely on smartphones, or as additional ‘time clocks’ for staff without their own mobile device. This tech allows you to turn any tablet into a simple web-clock, also geo-fenced to the site. Yet another way of using this technology is to have a team supervisor clock people in or out on their own device.