Facts: Paperless Employee Time Clock Systems

Paperless Time ClocksMany businesses and organizations are trying to move to a paperless payroll system, with time clocks being a large part of that. Whether you are trying to do your part to help the environment, or simply want to cut down on errors that are systematic with punch cards, there are many paperless systems available. At ABC Office, we offer biometric, card swipe and keypad time clock systems. Which system is best for you? I will answer a few questions and provide a few suggestions in this article.

When it comes to paperless time clock and time management systems, there are 3 major types of machines. You first have the card swipe systems, then you have the keypad systems and finally you have the biometric systems. Some modern time clocks incorporate all 3 technologies, either for added security or for versatility. Here is a brief rundown on what the 3 types of paperless time clocks systems do.

Card Swipe Paperless Time Clocks
– These time clocks use either a proximity card or an encoded magnetic stripe (like a credit card) for logging in and out of work. This type of time clock often incorporates the ID badge into the system. This method of tracking employee time worked is effective, accurate and relatively safe from fraud. Card swipe systems require no paper and are extremely easy to set up.

EXAMPLE: Pyramid Technologies PTI Time Trax Pro

Paperless Time Clock SystemsDigital Keypad Paperless Time Clocks – These types of time clocks have a keypad, usually consisting of numbers, letters or both. The pin number, unique to the employee, is then entered. This is similar to punching in or out with a time card, but is done with numbers instead, making the entire system paperless. These types of time clocks are extremely easy to set up and makes adding or removing employees easy.

EXAMPLE: David-Link DL-858 Digital Keypad & Biometric Time Clock

Biometric Paperless Time Clocks – Biometric time clocks are extremely popular right now. For one, no badge or number needs to be used. This means you don’t need to worry about lost badges or forgotten pin numbers. All your employee needs to bring with them ins their finger, which usually isn’t a problem. These systems are extremely accurate, very easy to use and completely eliminate buddy punching fraud altogether.

EXAMPLE: David-Link W-1288 Biometric Time Clock

Each of these employee time management systems either store information internally, for later exporting to a computer, or are connected directly to a computer for payroll purposes. Most of the data on these systems can be exported to MS Excel, Quickbooks, ADP, PAYCHEX and many other payroll programs.

uAttend Web / Internet Cloud-Based Employee Time ClockA fourth, and less common type of time clock, is what’s known as an Internet or Web-based time clock. These types of time clocks store employee information in the cloud and do not require a server or centralized local computer. An authorized person, or an administrator, can log into the cloud service and download or export reports via the internet. These types of systems are usually accompanied by a low monthly fee. uAttend is a great example of an Internet time clock manufacturer. They offer both Ethernet and wireless versions.

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All of the sytems I have described are paperless. There are no paper reports needed and data can be analyzed via a computer monitor. These systems are tamper proof, easy to use and best of all they are affordable. They will save you money not only by eliminating paper, but also by improving accuracy.

Please feel free to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions regarding paperless time clocks and time attendance systems. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

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