The Advantages and Disadvantages of Time Clocks

Written by: Allied Time

Employers and employees both benefit and suffer from standard time clocks.

Having time clocks for your employees to “punch into” has both advantages and disadvantages. Here is a breakdown of the most common scenarios that you’ll find in a typical workplace.

Advantages for Employees

Employees are somewhat protected by their punch cards. The employer cannot request the employee to perform additional work prior to being on the clock and after they are off the clock and if issues were to arise, the employee can refer back to his time card for reference.

Advantages for Employers

Employers can calculate the allotted hours that their employees have worked along with paying them accordingly. By keeping accurate track of the time that is worked, the employer can save money especially when employees tend to rough the number up when reporting their hours.

Disadvantages for Employees

Employees that are required to punch in to a time clock can sometimes create a workplace where fundamental trust is questioned amongst the staff. These methods of verification focus on objectivity rather than individual trust which may create an uncomfortable environment for some employees. A biometric time clock gives your employees more flexibility with their sensitive information by allowing them access to things such as: payroll information, clock in/out information, and their own personal mini system that they can utilize.

Disadvantages for Employers

Time clocks with a standard “punch in” and “punch out” method may seem accurate and free of flaws based on its simplicity, but there are other ways that employees can work around the system. One example is an employee punching in for another employee, either clocking him in or out. This can sometimes slip under the employer’s radar and unknowingly give the employee a higher pay than usual. If you are an employer, consider looking into a fingerprint time clock for a more accurate and improved verification method.