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Employee Time Clocks – Which One To Buy?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Finding a good employee time clock can seem difficult. There are so many models to choose from. You’re in luck. I have used several models and will point out some pros and cons on various employee time clock models.

The first type of time clock, and perhaps one of the most common, is the punch card time clock. This model utilizes paper time cards. People can slip the card into the machine and punch in and out. Punch clocks are available in vertical load and horizontal load, depending on your preference.

The pros of the punch clock are that they are very simple to use and set up. The cards can be easily accessed and the data is clearly visible. Punch-style time clocks are also usually cheap and inexpensive. The cons are that the data cannot be exported to a computer and buddy punching can be an issue.

The card swipe is fast becoming the employee time clock of choice. Cards, similar in appearance to credit cards, have employee data encoded on them. This card can then be stored in a wallet or hung on a lanyard. The card is swiped to log in and out of work. Most card swipe clocks can be easily interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with QuickBooks, ADP, PAYCHEX and other payroll software.

The pros of the card swipe employee time clock are that the data is accurate and they are easy to use. Exported data is especially of benefit for use with other programs and for generating reports. Cons are that the cards can be lost, however, they can be easily replaced. Card Swipe time clocks are probably the best all-round solution for a business’s time attendance needs.

Newest to the industry are the biometric time clocks. These time clocks do not use a punch card or a PVC card, rather they use a hand or fingerprint. Technology has finally caught up with the industry to make this a possibility. As with the card swipe clocks, most biometric employee time clocks can be interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with other payroll software.

Biometric digital time clocks have many pros. They are easy to set up, there are no lost cards to replace and buddy punching is completely eliminated. The cons are that some of the older models out there may require a finger or hand to be scanned multiple times before working correctly. This is not an issue with newer models.

You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of employee time clocks here.

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