Running a successful business has its good days and its bad, and comes with many ups and downs. The best way to combat these ups and downs is to look at what can be done differently, especially if they are connected to the management of staff.
When your business includes staff management you have to find effective ways to ensure that your staff are being productive whilst also keeping them happy. Productivity in staff results in a higher profit, which is the ultimate goal of most businesses. This productivity should come from ensuring that staff are spending their working hours within the business, arriving on time and not leaving early, and doing the work they are meant to do whilst there.
A clocking in system, whether it is a proximity fob or badge, fingerprint, or card swipe system, is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your staff members are arriving for their allotted shifts on time and for their allocated hours.
A more reliable source for information
A clocking in system will come complete with software which records when a member of staff arrives for their shift and leaves following their shift, breaks and lunch can also be monitored by systems.
When compared with a paper time sheet method, for example, there are obvious benefits. The paper time sheet is a method often carried out by a staff member at the end of the pay period or as they go through the pay period. It is easy, especially with a larger staff group, for an individual to forget or not declare times they have been late, holidays or missed lunches. This method relies on line or office managers to manually record each person who has left early or arrived late, which can be increasingly difficult with a larger business.
With an automatic clocking in system the program will record this data itself so that the line or office manager can spend their time on other matters and still get the information needed when it comes to pay day
More staff tracking and access control
Clocking in systems can be integrated with access control systems meaning that an employee may not be granted entry into a building or room without activating the system. This allows barriers to be put in place for should there be restricted areas within your company and allows for safety precautions to be followed if needed.
With a clocking in system each member of staff can be accounted for with the opening of a program. Should there be a fire drill for example a printout will allow management to know who was in the building at the time of the drill and ensure as few staff as unaccounted for as possible.
More cost effective
The clocking in systems available on the market are very cost effective with both hardware and software included in most packages and many suppliers offering self-installation for a more cost effective package. The tracking of staff timekeeping will also result in better timekeeping and more effective staff, allowing for a more productive and therefore profitable business.
Katherine Taylor is an engineer from Cumbria. She specialises in the design and production of clocking in systems and industrial products.