3 Reasons You Need Face Recognition In A Time Tracking App
By Shannon Corgan, Director of Marketing
Many project-based businesses with a mobile workforce still rely on paper or spreadsheets to track time. You may be unaware of the ways that using paper, spreadsheets, or a basic time tracking solution can affect your company’s productivity and profitability. In fact, if you’re not using a time tracking app with face recognition, you could be overpaying your employees and inflating your project costs and reducing the operational efficiency of your company. Here’s a list of the top three challenges you’re facing if you’re not using face recognition in your time tracking app:
Buddy Punching – Buddy punching refers to situations when an employee clocks IN or OUT for their co-worker when the second employee is not working. The employee typically asks their coworker to do it because they are stuck in traffic on their way to work or when they have to leave early for an appointment before their shift has ended. Many employees that are punching in their buddies when they’re not at their work location and not working don’t realize that helping out their co-workers is considered time theft and impacts the profitability of your business. Buddy punching can also have a huge impact on your project’s schedule and drastically drive up your labor costs. You’re paying for labor, but there’s no productive output for the hours that are worked when buddy punching is happening.
Resource intensive – If face recognition isn’t part of your employee time tracking app, the only way for you to know if the right employee is clocking IN/OUT, you have to have a supervisor on site for each and every clock IN/OUT. Employees have a minimum of four clock INS/OUTS each day, if they take lunch and up to eight clock INS/OUTS, if they have two breaks and lunch. This means you’re paying a high-wage employee to do the low-level administrative task of babysitting the employees on every clock IN/OUT. This non-productive administrative work isn’t helping your business end your projects on time or on budget. If you don’t have face recognition in your time tracking app, you have to dedicate several hours per day per supervisor to micromanaging the clock INs/OUTs which is extremely labor-intensive. Also, this level of micromanagement doesn’t foster trust between your supervisors and employees and can lead to low job satisfaction for your employees.
Time-consuming –If you are using face capture and not true face recognition in your employee time tracking app, one or more of your employees is spending time every day reviewing the clock IN/OUT photos associated with the time records. Depending on the number of employees at your company, your time tracking administrator or payroll employee is spending time every day comparing every clock IN/OUT photo to make sure it’s the right person. Basic face capture features don’t even have a profile image for your administrator or payroll employee to manually compare to the clock IN/OUT photos. Also, companies with dozens or hundreds or thousands of employees have to spend time on an extra step every time a new employee is hired because your payroll employees or administrator doesn’t have the chance to meet every single new employee. This means your time tracking administrator or payroll employee has to send the new employee photos to the new employee’s supervisor to see if it’s the right person when they clock IN/OUT on their first-time records after they’re hired.
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