Written by: Allied Time
One of the most complex challenges an office with fewer than 50 employees faces is how to efficiently track time, payroll and the taxes associated with employment. Most business owners would never consider a fingerprint time clock to help keep track of all of this information, but there are a few reasons why you might want an upgrade. Biometrics have become a lot more affordable than they were even ten or twenty years ago, and they offer enhanced security and privacy to employees and employers that utilize them.
Time Clocks and the Cloud
One of the biggest innovations to come to the employee time clock is mobility, thanks in large part to applications in the cloud. Time clocks that have cloud support offer unprecedented access to everyone working at your company, so every employee knows the hours he has worked before payday arrives. Cloud availability also grants your company a degree of stability. You can readily reveal when employees will be paid and employees can keep track of their own sick and vacation time.
Goodbye Punch Clock
The old time clock model that relied on punch cards is a thing of the past. Employees waste countless hours each year trying to locate time cards they’ve left. Some forget their cards at home trying to do the responsible thing and keep it with them. You can transition to a key fob, which is roughly the equivalent measure, but biometrics offer certainty that there is no fraudulent activity occurring. Employees can still share a key fob when they arrive in the morning or leave for the day. They can’t share biometric data.
Security and Privacy
Anyone watching the news has no doubt heard of the various breaches that have occurred on servers around the world. Companies with poor security, and some unfortunate ones with decent security, were breached by unscrupulous hackers. Employee and customer data is often revealed during those breaches, which can be a major concern for employees who learn their employer utilizes the cloud to track their data.
The truth is that the cloud adds an additional layer of encryption, and makes businesses a harder target to hit because the data isn’t stored on servers the business owns. Anonymous data is used to match biometrics, so identities are never associated with fingerprints or facial scans. This layer of security isn’t possible with traditional time clocks.