Clients have asked us about the ability to have flex schedules. The vast majority of our clients have pretty ridged schedules, but there is always an employee or two that has a bit of a flexible schedule. Their time still needs to be tracked, but their start and end time is more flexible. Now, within PayrollHero, you can use the MyClock Web to enable flexible schedule employees to clock in and out without the need for a schedule.
Square is talking about rethinking the receipt, Pete Smart wants to rethink the airline boarding pass – here at PayrollHero we have been working to rethink the punch clock. Traditional punch clocks are bulky, easily manipulated, offline, paper based and enable time theft. We have met with countless business owners who have complained about the issues with their punch clocks and the desire for a new way to handle employee time and attendance.
We sat down a couple years ago and rethought the punch clock and how it should work. Of course we wanted something cloud based, that eliminated fraud and time theft and was easy to use. The biggest challenge we wanted to tackle was how employees perceived the device. Employees hate the punch clock. They don’t enjoy the process of clocking in and out for work. We understand the importance or accurate time and attendance but wanted to rethink how we could collect this information while making it an enjoyable process for employees.
Introducing the TeamClock (iOS) and MyTimeClock. We began with photos, and built a platform that lets employees clock in and out for work by taking a picture of themselves. We added IP address support as well as GPS location so that we can ensure that the right employee is in the right place at the right time.
According 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:
Time and attendance fraud is a costly and often hidden aspect of almost every business. Over the years we have seen and heard about many ways employees have been abusing the system to squeeze out extra time. Image an employee that shows up 5 minutes late every day and leaves 4 minutes early. Those 9 minutes add up to 40 hours over a 1 year period. That is an extra paid week for unworked time. Here are 5 ways that employees could be scamming your time and attendance system;
1. Buddy Punching – if your company uses passwords, punch cards or the like for employee clock in/out then chances are you have some employees who clock in and or out for each other.
2. Inflated Hours – if you have a manager using a paper based (or excel) time and attendance solution chances are you have inflated hours in there. If an employee walks in a few minutes late, in many cases the manager will mark the employee as on time. It is a hard place for a manager to be, while they want hard working employees, they also want to be seen as “friendly” so their tracking might not be as accurate as an automated system is.
3. Ghost Employees – not specifically a time and attendance problem, but larger companies, government organizations, etc can have ghost employees within their organization. This can happen when an employee in the payroll department adds a family member, friend, etc to the payroll but that person does not actually work for the company.
4. Favouritism – when managers pick and choose who gets overtime or have the power to override attendance records there can be some leakage.
5. Inaccurate Data Entry – when an employee is tasked with coping over time and attendance data from time cards or time sheets simple human errors can find their way into attendance or worse, an unscrupulous employee could adjust the numbers on purpose.
These are just five examples of time and attendance fraud that goes on within companies. Have you heard of other examples?
If you want to learn more about how PayrollHero eliminates these issues, reach out to us for a one on one call with one of our sales engineers.
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!
More props are going to be added into the PayrollHero platform in the coming days. A prop, is a virtual item that shows up on the screen when you are clocking in. They are random, fun and will keep you smiling at the start and end of your day.
Want your company to be first to have props enabled? Comment below with why you should be first!
International Speaker Scott Friedman spoke at the Centre for Innovation, Change and Productivity today in Makati, Philippines at the InterContinental Hotel on the topic of “Employee Innovation in Turbulent Times”. Scott was kind enough to include PayrollHero in part of his keynote speech as to how companies can use our time, attendance, scheduling and payroll platform to built company culture and encourage happiness.
Scott focused on PayrollHero’s props within the TeamClock where our platform will add “props” to the screen so that when employees clock in and out, they might see a fun prop. He talked about how this has taken traditional clocking in and out from something that employees dreaded doing to something that they look forward to.
(above left to right) Centre for Innovation, Change and Productivity Managing Director Arthur Florentin, Scott Friedman and PayrollHero Co-Founder Stephen Jagger
A bit more about Scott: “Scott is an internationally sought after speaker and author of the bestselling book ‘Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Companies’. As a motivational humorist, Scott inspires and entertains with fun-filled, interactive and content-rich programs. He speaks on a variety of topics over 80 times a year. Scott’s main area of expertise is employee innovation, celebration and customer experience. Scott now spends 30% of his time speaking throughout Asia and Singapore Airlines the Singapore Government, Gold Fields of South Africa. Young President’s Organization, Hyatt Asia, HSBC and many Fortune 1000 companies. He offers all his clients a global and culturally sensitive perspective on how to get more out work and life.”
PayrollHero has a unique position in the payroll space where we have a direct relationship with our clients’ employees. Most employees have no idea who their company uses to generate payroll. At PayrollHero, our clients’ employees have a direct relationship with PayrollHero, know our name, our logo and love interacting with the platform. I saw a tweet this afternoon from RedBox Manager Andrea McClimans talking about how much she will miss clocking clocking in and out via PayrollHero’s photo booth as she moves onto her next challenge in her career. Maybe PayrollHero will follow her there?
Do you want your employees to enjoy their clock in and out process? We would be happy to give you a personal demo of the PayrollHero platform anytime. Contact Us!
There are 5 ways to have your employees clock in and out of PayrollHero. 3 for situations with multiple employees and 2 for employees using their own devices. Below are quick videos showcasing each one and here is a link to our knowledge-base.
TimeClock – PayrollHero’s TimeClock apps enable multiple employees to clock in and out from the same decide. The TimeClock replaces your bio-metrics or bundy clock to give you a quick and easy way to get real time data from your employees time and attendance.
PayrollHero iPhone TimeClock
PayrollHero iPad TimeClock
PayrollHero TimeClock Web
MyClock – The PayrollHero MyClock is designed to enable your employees to clock in and out from their personal iOS device or their computer at their desk. This option is perfect for office environments or businesses where employees sit down at their own work stations.
We are pleased to announce that PayrollHero has processed over 500,000 PhotoBooth pictures. PayrollHero’s time and attendance module enables employees to clock in and out for work by taking a picture of themselves. PayrollHero then processes those pictures to ensure that the right employee is in the right place at the right time. Employees can clock in and out via the web, iPhone, iPad or iPod (Android coming soon).
Our PhotoBooth platform can be used by any company worldwide, independent of your payroll system and can generate an attendance report so that you have all of the data you need, right at your finger tips.
To learn more about PayrollHero or to chat further about how you can use our platform within your business, contact us by filling out the beta access form on our website.