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Why Time & Attendance Clocks Outperform Mobile Devices

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Cloud based solutions, including time and attendance software and workforce management tools like Oracle Cloud Time and Labor, are expanding their integration with mobile apps and web-based tools.  

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However, using mobile apps and web clocks for important tasks like tracking employee time can be difficult and unreliable. Using a physical time clock instead helps ensure your company gets the most from its workforce management solution. 

Sticky Legal Issues 

Every state has its own set of laws regarding whether a company can require employees to download work apps on their personal devices, often complicated by labor contracts with specific restrictions. 

While ensuring legal compliance is crucial, it doesn't tackle the additional challenges associated with utilizing mobile devices for time recording and management. These challenges extend to potential privacy concerns and the complexities involved in accurately tracking all hours worked through mobile platforms. 


Protecting Integrity of Time and Attendance Data  

oracle cloud time and laborAutomated time and attendance systems aim to cut labor costs by accurately recording work hours. Mobile devices and web-based clocks compromise data accuracy. While the software records timestamps, these options make time theft easy. 

For example, employers don’t know whether the employee was at work when clocking in or out. With a mobile device, the employee can clock in or out from anywhere. If they can log into the web-based clock from offsite, they can also increase their total hours worked. 

Both options also make it easy for employees to engage in “buddy punching,” which costs companies millions yearly. Employees willing to share their devices or logins with colleagues can clock in or out for each other.  

The purpose of bringing on an automated time and attendance system is to reduce labor costs and improve productivity. Time theft's direct and indirect costs exceed any temporary savings from not buying time clocks. 

Mobile Devices Aren’t Reliable 

Everyone with a mobile device finds themselves with no battery power or unable to connect to the network. People also seem to misplace or forget their phones often. 

Companies can’t always rely on employees to use their mobile devices to submit time in real-time. Not having real-time data collection options undermines the potential ROI the company can realize from its time and attendance solution and Oracle Time and Labor integration. 

It also forces companies to spend money and time collecting data and updating systems to fix missed punches. 

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In contrast, a high-performance time clock continues to work when it’s lost power or connection to the internet. When power and connectivity is restored, the time clock delivers the data to your Oracle Cloud Time and Labor system. It provides a trustworthy alternative that surpasses the limitations of mobile and web-based alternatives. 

Physical Time Clocks Maximize Your Time and Attendance Solution ROI 

To ensure maximum data accuracy and improve productivity, a company must provide its workers with reliable, physical time clocks.  

By installing the right time clock in your workplace, whether office, industrial or outdoor site, your company ensures that all workers can easily reliably clock and clock out in real-time. 

Get in touch with our solution consultant today for all your time clock needs. 


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