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3 Myths Of Employee Time Tracking

Understand the myths of employee time tracking

By Peter BennetPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

If you have ever been tasked with manually tracking employee time, you know just how tedious and difficult it can be to stay on top of each and every minute your team spends working for you. So why not let the technology do the work for you? It’s true that there are so many employee time tracking apps and software out there promising to take the pain out of tracking employee time, but not all of them deliver on their promises.

1) Myth #1: Employees will misuse the system

Managers won't have the time to track their employees, will spend too much time with this, and may end up resenting the system. But when expectations are set properly and training is provided, it doesn't matter. All you need is to only let them clock their hours while they're working.

Thus, it helps them stay on task and if they stop, it helps them get back to it quickly. For some employees, time tracking feels too demanding, so they don't want to do it. It is also important that employees are aware that time that is tracked automatically will not necessarily result in lower compensation. Automated time-tracking apps or software can be an all-around lifesaver, saving people from manually inputting data into an Excel spreadsheet each day or week

2) Myth #2: Managers will use the data to micromanage

Myth #2: Managers will use this data for ruthless micro-management. Some managers are concerned they may turn into overbearing taskmasters if they employ software that tracks employee location without much concern. This is why it's important to inform employees on how and why they will be tracked so they won't resist the software and quit. That is, if an employee does not show up for a shift and is not requesting to take the time off, you might want to understand their needs, but most people understand that when you punch in, you are agreeing to work 40 hours over the next week. What about time tracking for freelance workers? Projects may not have a fixed duration, which makes it difficult to monitor how many hours have passed. An invoice system that automates sending client bills can alleviate this issue. As a freelancer, you should also use a time tracker program so your clients can keep track of where you've been. Some of these tracking programs can be used for travel to different destinations for business, remote work from home, or staying at a workplace away from home.

3) Myth #3: Employees will resent being tracked

With respect to tracking employee time, it should be pointed out that this can be a win-win situation. An example of such a situation would be employees who go in and out of work at the same time every day, which can make their work hours feel more consistent. Employees with varied needs may appreciate having the opportunity to choose whether or not to punch a time clock, depending on their circumstances. Time tracking software is intended to make it easier for people to manage their time because, as a freelancer or remote worker, it’s difficult to forget or lose time sheets. For larger businesses, this software can integrate directly into the payroll system. There are many different types of employee time tracker apps depending on what you need and the scope of your business.

Reality of Employee time tracking

Employee time tracking is, in fact, a solution to the problem of payroll fraud. If a worker is present , an automated time-tracking system allows employees to automatically log their work hours and submit them online, reducing the possibility of errors. Employees' hours will be tracked by a time tracker, which will provide changes to the payroll department, which will process the timesheets in accordance with corporate rules. Time tracking software assists freelancers by generating invoices and timesheets on the fly and handling administrative procedures so they don't have to worry about not being paid on time. They can't change their hours to generate extra money if they work hourly. Time tracking can also assist in resolving inconsistencies between what is intended and what is reported.

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Peter Bennet

Peter Bennet is a workforce management Consultant and talent recognizer working with Workstatus. In his 16 years of experience in the field of resource management.

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