Companies are always looking for ways to accurately reflect the amount of time their employees work. One of the most popular new ways to do this is with the use of biometric time clocks. Instead of punching in as you would with a traditional time clock, a biometric time clock uses a person’s unique genetic information to clock them into or out of work. This information can include fingerprints or retinal scans.
Of course, the use of this technology can be scary for some people – including employees. There are several misconceptions about the use of biometric time clocks that keep employers from instituting this powerful tool. Here are few of the most common misconceptions and the truth behind biometric time clocks.
Myth: Biometric time clocks are used to spy on employees and collect their personal information.
Fact: Employers do not retain the biometric information used to clock in any employees. For example, if a fingerprint time clock is used, there is no hard copy of an employee’s fingerprint on file. Instead, the key identifying elements of the fingerprint – such as the distance between loops – are translated into numeric strings which are then stored. There is no way for an employer to use this information to see or recreate a person’s fingerprint.
Myth: Biometric time clocks are too expensive for my business.
Fact: Accurately recording when employees are working can actually help to save you money in the long run. It’s common for employees to not clock their hours accurately using traditional time clock solutions. Whether this is done intentionally or unintentionally, the results is that employers often wind up paying employees for hours that they never worked.
Using biometric time clocks eliminates this problem. Tools such as fingerprint time clocks eliminate the ability of a buddy to clock in for their friend who isn’t at work, or for an employee to “guess” at what time they got to work. Employers will know exactly when their workers got into work and left.
Myth: Using fingerprint time clocks will expose me to germs and I don’t want to get sick.
Fact: The risks of spreading germs by using a fingerprint time clock are no greater than when a person uses a door handle or knob, telephone or computer keyboard – something that workers do all the time. As long as the time clock’s sensors are cleaned on a regular basis, there is almost no additional risk of spreading germs. However, having an antibacterial hand sanitizer available can help to alleviate the worries of employees.
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