Today’s time-tracking solutions can cultivate companywide productivity. Very few delivers cost savings while optimizing employee productivity along with iClock, the newest and most innovative of their Web-based line of time, HR, payroll, and benefit tracking products.
iClock extends the general cost-conserving business trend away from decentralized systems to Web-based, hosted systems. Far from a physical clock, iClock is a Web-based approach to time and attendance tracking that simplifies the payroll process, improves accuracy, and reduces expenditures. Not only does this technology present an innovative alternative to traditional time and attendance tracking methods, but it offers real advantages over these options.
For example, iClock allows managers to see the “in/out” board on their own PC over the Internet. It also includes a nightly backup of the day’s labor-tracking data and a full menu of reports.
REINVENTING THE TIME CLOCK
Traditional time clocks require employees to travel to the location of the device, potentially creating a physical logjam that interrupts their workflow. iClock moves beyond this with its Web-based approach, which provides easy access from any computer connected to the Internet, as well as from existing time clocks, badge swipe readers, and fingerprint readers.
For the employer, iClock puts an end to labor tracking maintenance issues. Some providers maintain and hosts iClock on its own servers and store all of the data. Not only does this streamline the everyday attendance tracking for employees in a workplace, but it is especially convenient for nontraditional employees. A traveling salesperson, for example, can punch in and out just as easily as her coworker in a cubicle at company headquarters!
Traditional time clock systems involve a significant investment in hardware and other IT infrastructure, such as cables, servers, and networking concerns. iClock requires no special hardware. Upgrades are automatic each month and are delivered at no extra cost-this in addition to the original cost savings over the thousands of dollars associated with physical timeclock purchasing and installation.
In fact, even for companies with card swipes of fingerprint readers as their punch-in mechanisms, the iClock system requires no physical time clock. It effectively eliminates the expensive middleman by connecting the card swipe directly to a PC that is running iClock.
iClock creates substantial savings in time as well as cost. When tested from a usability standpoint, iClock demonstrates multiple productivity and time-saving benefits for payroll departments, managers, and employees. Managers can access all time-tracking data for employees from a centralized In/Out Board, thereby decreasing administration time and giving managers the ability to control overtime and reduce overall payroll costs.
With traditional paper timesheets, someone would have to key in all of the individual data. But with iClock, paperwork is eliminated, and automatic data visualization is at the managers’ fingertips. They can review a history of missed and late punches, as well as a full suite of standard and ad hoc reports.
Employees can select from multiple clock-out reasons and view their own attendance history, which greatly improves employee accountability.
Several Web-based offerings for time and attendance tracking already exist on the market. Oracle and SAP are both trying to deploy such technology through a kaleidoscope of platforms and partners. iClock, however, is a part of a fully dedicated, fully developed application suite that can integrate completely with HR, payroll, time-off, timesheets, expense-tracking, and salary-planning solutions. The data from iClock can be exported into any payroll system.
EASY ACCESS TO EMPLOYEE DATA
Another standout feature of iClock is the wide range of interfaces it provides. Other time and attendance solutions usually provide one or two interfaces to track employees’ time. iClock delivers multiple options to best fit your company’s environment. For example, a Web clock terminal could be available at the gate, office, or kiosk, and can be configured with a card swipe, fingerprint reader, or keyboard.
To create the feel of a traditional time clock, iClock can also connect with any clock and provide complete time and attendance functionality. With these options, the robust functionality may be invisible to the employee, but still in place for management, and the cost savings associated with eliminating the physical time clock still apply. Many companies prefer these traditional devices, and what iEmployee provides that competitors do not is the inexpensive option of a PC connected directly to them, rather than costly physical time clocks.
iClock delivers time management at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. It is both more efficient and requires less cost and effort to maintain—a true triumph of technology.
Considering the productivity benefits of iClock, combined with the robust functionality it delivers, this innovative and affordable product rises to the surface as the best solution on the market today for time and attendance tracking.