A time clock records the beginning and end of an employee’s work time. The data collected allows business owners to have an official record of hours worked for each employee. 

Time clocks have come a long way since they were invented by Willard Le Grand Bundy in 1888. There are now several options to choose from, including basic time clocks, self-calculating machines, and software-based apps.

Basic time clocks will physically stamp the time and date on a card when an employee inserts the card. Unfortunately basic time clocks lend themselves to the risk of “buddy punching.” This occurs when a coworker clocks in another employee.

Self-calculating machines are similar to basic time clocks, except the data is added up to make payroll processing quicker. However, they can still be manipulated through buddy punching. 

Luckily, time tracking is now being ushered into the 21st century with software-based systems. A good time clock system will put all of your time-tracking data in the cloud, get rid of time cards and hardware, and add security by taking photos of employees when they clock in. 

The best part? You and your staff can see everything you need anytime, anywhere. 

Employee hours shouldn’t be the biggest worry on your list. Get rid of the headache by switching to a modern time clock app today. 

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