What is Buddy Punching?

Hoverbar Twelve SouthAccording to the Urban Dictionary, buddy punching is “when a person at work clocks in (“punches in”) their friend when their friend is late to work.”

It is a common occurrence in many companies, organizations and even governments who use traditional punch clocks, passwords or pen and paper to track their employees time and attendance.  An employee contacts another employee asking them to clock in for them as they are running behind.

While not a small cost to your business, buddy punching really ads up.  Imagine an employee is 9 minutes late every day but has a colleague clock them in.  9 minutes a day, times 5 days a week times 52 weeks a year equals  2340 minutes which is 39 hours. Those 9 minutes a day add up to almost a full week off over a 1 year period.  Now imagine you have this happening with 20, 50 or 500 employees. Those costs really add up.

How can you eliminate buddy punching? 

PayrollHero’s selfie TeamClock uses your employees face as the metric for clocking in and out, eliminating buddy punching.  Plus, PayrollHero can be locked down to specific IP addresses and is location aware on iOS devices adding another level of security.


Here is the iPad TeamClock in action at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: