Every year Oxford Dictionaries announces their word of the year based on criteria including prominence of the word over the year prior and general usage, awareness and influence on society.  For 2013, the word of the year was declared as “Selfie!” or in other words the action of taking a photo of oneself with their own camera or phone.  Many say it was the introduction of social media sites like Myspace and Facebook that started the adoption of the word but it was truly the second generation of smartphone addiction that jumped the term into the category of word of the year.  Highly popular sharing apps like Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat and Vine have led to a generation of highly social individuals who like to reveal their own daily adventures for people to see.

 We at PayrollHero find the award amusing as we are the king of selfies.  By volume, we don’t think anyone is even close to us at over 700,000 photo clock in and outs taken thus far with our PhotoBooth platform.  Thats a few more than any teenage girl you can name and for that we are proud.  Our TeamClock app which uses facial recognition allows employees to do away with the old mundane punch clock and have a more fun way to be welcomed to their work.  With it being more entertaining and making employees smile everyday, it also turns a traditionally annoying process into an incredibly insightful and useful business tool for managers and business owners.  Our system allows you to see who is working, late or absent in real time from anywhere in the world and tracks the data overtime to show analytics on attendance with metrics involving correlation of weather, commute distance and company leaders.

With this note, keep on showing those beautiful smiles everyone!