Face Recognition Reasons in a Time Tracking App

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:


1Buddy 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.


2Resource 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.

3Time-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.

To self schedule a demo and see how face recognition in the WorkMax time tracking app can help your business improve the accuracy of your labor costs and free up time for your supervisors, payroll staff, or time tracking administrators, click here.

 

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Face Recognition Employee Time Tracking Press Release

WorkMax TIME by AboutTime Technologies Unveils Face Recognition for Accurate Employee Time Tracking
Automates employee verification, reduces labor costs, and improves security in businesses with a mobile workforce.

(Payson, UT – Tuesday, December 17, 2019) - AboutTime Technologies, a 16-year veteran of mobile resource management solutions, announces the addition of face recognition for its employee time tracking solution, WorkMax TIME. WorkMax TIME’s face recognition was developed to help businesses with mobile workforces gain the most accurate and automated way to help auto-verify the employee’s identity without added hardware, expense, or manual verification. Many of the inferior methods such as fingerprint scans and face capture cause employee frustration, leave a high margin for error, and don’t efficiently solve the buddy-punching issue for businesses with a mobile workforce.

Face recognition in the WorkMax time tracking solution takes standard employee face capture to an entirely new level. Many mobile time tracking systems are capable of simply taking a picture or “selfie” of the employee as they clock IN/OUT by attaching the photo to the employee’s time record. Payroll admins/managers/humans are then required to manually inspect each individual employee time record in order to find discrepancies.

Face recognition in WorkMax's time tracking solution is far superior to face capture because it auto-searches the photos associated with time records and utilizes intelligent computing and facial-spatial measuring algorithms to compare employees’ IN/OUT photos to their profile photo. When a mismatch is identified, WorkMax TIME’s face recognition flags the record providing a match percentage to payroll admins, supervisors, and managers. With WorkMax TIME's face recognition, customers decide the face recognition match percentage or threshold that works for them. They also have the flexibility to determine which time records are flagged for further review.

Instead of having admins/managers/humans spending countless hours manually comparing employee clock IN/OUT images, WorkMax’s face recognition dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes to identify suspect time records. Many WorkMax customers have hundreds or even thousands of employee time records streaming into the system daily. With WorkMax face recognition, time records are auto-scanned and suspect records are flagged immediately. Mobile employees simply clock IN/OUT on their Android or iOS mobile app. WorkMax face recognition doesn’t prevent mobile employees from clocking IN/OUT and doesn’t require any added hardware plugins or expense. This is a substantial benefit; it avoids hardware misreads and field issues which hinders the ability for employees’ to quickly and easily clock IN/OUT.

“When we launched WorkMax TIME, we offered mobile photo face capture tied to the time records like many time tracking solutions do, but we always planned to add automated face recognition to our time tracking solution to perform the bulk of the work and enable WorkMax customers to eliminate buddy-punching and time-theft. We wanted to free up the need for humans to manually inspect every employee time stamp. WorkMax face recognition helps reduce time theft and automates the process for our customers. This results in paying the right employees for their work accurately,” said Ryan Remkes, CEO of AboutTime Technologies.

Key Benefits of WorkMax TIME’s face recognition include:

Automated Face Recognition – WorkMax TIME’s face recognition automates the photo comparison process with intelligent computing so businesses drastically increase the probability that the employees clocking IN/OUT are in fact performing the work they’re being paid for. With the face recognition feature turned on, as employees clock IN/OUT each day and their time records stream in, the system automatically compares the time photos against the employee’s profile photo, alerting you when the two images don’t meet your required match percentage threshold. The system also provides the actual image match percentage.

Eliminate Buddy Punching – Buddy punching is when employees have their co-worker clock them IN before arriving at the job site in the morning or clock them OUT long after leaving the job site for the day. WorkMax’s facial recognition measures the similarity of the employee’s profile photo against the daily selfies the employee takes upon clock IN and clock OUT helping to eliminate buddy punching. Clock IN/OUT records are easily filtered by time records NOT meeting the match percentage threshold; managers are quickly alerted of suspicious time stamps to greatly reduce buddy punching.

Mismatch Alerts – With automated facial verification, businesses can configure the minimum match percentage threshold for comparing the employee’s profile photo against their clock IN/OUT photos. After the desired threshold percentage is set, suspect records are flagged when any face recognition match falls below the acceptable threshold. This reduces the process to a finite amount of time records, allowing businesses to manage by exception and not waste time on employees clocking IN/OUT properly.

Improves Security – Combining WorkMax TIME’s face recognition and GPS feature helps business managers ensure they have the right people in the right place at the right time and that they are paying employees fairly and accurately.

Save Time – Most employee time tracking solutions only offer a simple face capture photo attached to the time stamp for manual verification that the employee clocked IN/OUT is actually who they are supposed to be. This is a very labor-intensive task that requires a manager/admin/supervisor to visually inspect each and every time record’s IN/OUT photo and manually compare them against the employee’s profile photo. WorkMax TIME’s automated face recognition compares the images in near real time with a high level of accuracy and doesn’t prevent the employee from clocking IN/OUT in order to work. Other time tracking systems require employees to walk outside of their work area to clock IN/OUT. With WorkMax TIME, employees save time by clocking IN/OUT from their mobile devices wherever they are working.

No Expensive Equipment – Other biometric solutions such as fingerprint or retina scanning require the purchase of expensive equipment to capture your employees’ fingerprints or retina scans accurately. As employees are using the equipment in the field, these expensive scanning devices get damaged or stolen and are costly to replace. Many of the biometric systems generate misreads causing employee frustration, preventing them from clocking IN/OUT. With face recognition included in the WorkMax time tracking solution, employees simply clock IN/OUT from their smartphone without the need for scanners, readers, or additional hardware.

Doesn’t interfere with Clock IN/OUT: Unlike other biometric modalities like fingerprint or retinal scans, WorkMax TIME’s face recognition does not impede an employee’s ability to clock IN/OUT. With WorkMax TIME’s face recognition, employees can clock IN/OUT and start or end their work. As time records stream in, the system checks logged time records and flags any mismatched records to draw it to the attention of managers, admins, or supervisors.

To learn more about WorkMax TIME’s facial recognition for mobile workforces, visit www.workmax.com/face-recognition.

Bad Asset Tracking Creates Ghost Assets

Bad Asset Tracking Creates Ghost Assets
6 Reasons Ghost Assets SHOULD Scare You to Death

By: Shannon Corgan, Director of Marketing

Asset tracking can present many challenges when you have a large asset inventory that's being used by a large mobile workforce across multiple job sites. When you're tracking your assets, it's inevitable that you'll end up with ghost assets. Ghost assets are fixed assets that you have on your general ledger, but you can’t physically locate the assets. This may have happened because the fixed asset was lost, stolen, broken, damaged, replaced, or sold without informing your accounting department. A study by Gartner showed approximately 30 percent of organizations don’t know what fixed assets they own, where the fixed assets are, and who is using these assets. It may seem like a tedious unnecessary task to keep your accounting department informed about the status of your fixed assets, but here are six reasons ghost assets should scare you to death: 

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Increased Insurance Premiums - Your insurance premiums are based on the value of your fixed asset inventory. Have you thought about how your ghost assets are making your insurance premiums creep up? If you have ghost assets that are still appearing on your balance sheet, but you can no longer locate them for a variety of reasons, you are paying insurance premiums for assets that are not available to be used. This has a serious impact on your company's productivity and drives up your business expenses for insurance premiums unnecessarily. 


WorkMax ASSET Tracking Tax LiabilityIncreased Taxes - Accurate asset tracking of your fixed assets is critical if you want to pay the proper taxes for fixed assets you own. If you have more fixed assets on your balance sheet than you can actually physically locate, you are increasing the asset inventory that you own. When fixed assets aren’t properly accounted for on the balance sheet, your company could overpay on income and property taxes for assets that have vanished and are no longer owned by the company. Overstating the value of the assets you own could have a big tax impact on industries that operate in the construction, utility, oil, and gas, and transportation based on the expensive equipment needed.  


ASSET Tracking WorkMax productivityDecreased Productivity - If you have a ghost asset, you are decreasing your productivity. Your assets are tools and equipment that are supposed to help your employees get more work done easier and faster. If you don't have a good asset tracking system in place, your employees are spending time looking for ghost asset and they’re also not getting the work done that is needed on your projects. They’re spending time making phone calls, sending texts, and emails to find out where a piece of equipment or where a tool is. These unproductive labor hours aren’t helping you finish your projects on time and are driving up your labor costs without any productive output. 

ASSET Tracking WorkMax Replace CostIncreased Asset Replacement Costs - If you have a ghost asset that has mysteriously disappeared, it’s pretty obvious that if you can’t find the piece of equipment, then you can’t perform routine maintenance on the tool or piece of equipment. As a result, instead of getting full use of the asset during its entire asset life by repairing the expensive tool or piece of equipment, you will have to replace the entire piece of equipment or tool for the full replacement cost sooner than you had planned. This increases your fixed asset costs and increases expenses sooner for your business. In addition, if you have two generators in your asset inventory and one is a ghost asset, you are over-utilizing the one generator available and drastically reducing the asset life and increasing your asset expenses.


ASSET Tracking WorkMax MaintenanceIncreased Maintenance Costs - When you don't have an asset tracking system to show any maintenance contracts associated with a piece of equipment in the same place that you track your asset inventory, you could be paying for maintenance fees on a piece of equipment or a tool that can't be located. Ghost assets drive up your maintenance costs for any fixed assets on a maintenance contract. Also, if you don’t keep your asset warranty information easily accessible to everyone in your organization that can be accessed from any mobile device, you could be overpaying for maintenance or repairs on assets that should have been covered under the warranty. 


WorkMax ASSET Tracking Theft of EquipmentTheft of Fixed Assets - Without an asset tracking solution in place that keeps your asset inventory and asset assignments up-to-date, unfortunately, dishonest employees can take advantage of this and steal company tools and equipment. If you don’t have a centralized location for your fixed asset inventory and the ability to easily see who is assigned to a piece of equipment or tools, your company could be at risk. According to The National Insurance Crime Bureau, the cost of heavy equipment theft varies from around $300 million to $1 billion. When company tools or equipment are stolen it’s not always taken by employees. Depending on how well your tools and equipment are secured on your job sites, there are plenty of criminals lurking around your job sites to take advantage of this too. When equipment is stolen and not reported to your insurance company, you’re still paying insurance premiums on the equipment you no longer own. That’s costing you money.

If you are looking for an asset tracking solution to centralize all of your inventory in one location with accurate asset assignments, click here to learn more.

Constructech Vision Award Archer Gunthers

Constructech Magazine Honors AboutTime Technologies with Two Silver Vision Awards

Company Praised for Automating Employee Time Tracking, Reducing Labor Costs, and Improving Job Cost Accuracy to Achieve Positive ROI

AboutTime Technologies, a 16-year veteran of on-premise and cloud-based mobile resource management, today announces two significant awards it earned for its software’s impact on the construction industry. Constructech Magazine recently honored tech-savvy construction companies, along with their technology providers, at the 2019 Constructech Vision Awards in Arlington Heights, IL. AboutTime Technologies earned a silver award together with their customer Gunthers in the “Specialty Contractor: Plumbing, HVAC” and earned another silver award in the “Specialty Contractor: Mechanical” alongside their customer Archer Mechanical. The company was only one of the few technology enablers to be acknowledged with multiple Vision Awards by Constructech Magazine.


Both contractors utilized WorkMax TIME to innovate their business to achieve significant cost savings and resulted in improved efficiency across their businesses. Archer Mechanical reduced their labor costs by $153,296 with $141,440 in direct labor cost savings for their forty field employees by using WorkMax TIME’s facial recognition and collecting labor hours in real time. They also reduced their payroll processing time by 75%. When Gunthers transitioned from paper to WorkMax TIME and integrated with Spectrum by Viewpoint, they reduced their payroll processing time by 50% by eliminating manual data entry. They also drastically increased the accuracy of their job costs because the job and task numbers correlated to the right task names and projects.


“We were thrilled to be honored with two silver Vision Awards alongside one of our first customers, Gunthers, and also Archer Mechanical,” said Ryan Remkes, CEO of AboutTime Technologies. “Our customers’ successes are our successes. We love hearing how we’ve helped construction and project-based businesses automate manual processes, get more accurate labor costs, and make it easier to track accurately track job costs. WorkMax TIME is doing what we set out for it to do which is helping our customers become more profitable in today’s competitive market.” 

 

To learn how these Vision Award winners automated their employee time tracking with WorkMax TIME and integrated with Spectrum by Viewpoint and A-Systems JobView to achieve these dramatic results, please read the full Gunthers Case Study and the complete Archer Mechanical Case Study.

 

 

Read Gunthers Case Study        Read Archer Mechanical Case Study