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3 reasons employees hate time tracking (and how to fix them)

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To many employees, time tracking is a dirty term. It brings to mind all sorts of negative associations about paperwork or technology hassles or oppressive policies from strict managers. This might cause them to raise the red flag when their employer attempts to implement a new time tracking system.

But time tracking doesn’t have to have those negative connotations. In fact, time tracking should be good for everyone.

Here are three common reasons employees say they hate tracking time—and how you can turn that argument into a positive thing.


Reason 1: They think it takes too long

This is probably the most common complaint employees have about tracking time, and it’s true that an inefficient time tracking system can take an annoying bite out of work time.

This is often the case with outdated methods like paper timesheets or Excel-based systems where employees have to manually recall and enter their times. Even a digital system with a password login or six-digit PIN can start to feel like a time drag.

How to Fix It

Invest in a time tracking app that automates data collection in a quick, easy, efficient way. Then your employees can clock in and out in a matter of seconds, and your payroll staff can rest easy knowing they’re collecting 100% accurate time and attendance data. Bonus points if your time tracking software integrates with your payroll program for even more time savings.


Reason 2: They think it devalues them or their work

Time tracking gets a bad rap. Most people associate it with overbearing managers who don’t trust their employees. In the case of salaried staff, they may see it as a devaluation of their skills or even a ‘demotion’ to a system that values them based on minutes rather than merit.

While unfortunately some businesses do use time tracking for these purposes, most time tracking software is actually meant to boost productivity and profitability for the company by identifying areas that could be improved.

How to Fix It

Before you start tracking time, sit down with your employees and explain to them how this new system will actually benefit them. From ensuring accurate payroll that defies favoritism or forgetfulness (and means no flubbed-up paychecks), to helping the company stay profitable (which means not letting people go), and even helping identifying ineffective processes that slow down workflow, a well-implemented time tracking system is good for everyone.


Reason 3: They’re slacking (and don’t want to get caught)

Going the other way, it’s time to face a harsh reality: there are employees who simply don’t put in the work. When they don’t have to account for their time, they may take advantage of it. It could be little things like extended lunch breaks or leaving early now and then, or it could be skipping entire days and having a coworker vouch for them if anyone asks. When this happens, your business loses money—even a lot of money.

How to Fix It

Like before, make sure everyone on your staff understands how time tracking benefits them. For honest employees, they’ll appreciate the fact that someone can’t get paid for hours they didn’t work—and that they will get paid for the right hours (and tasks).

For dishonest employees, it means they’ll either need to start at the time they say they do or start looking for a new job. If employees remain dishonest, you’ll be better equipped to catch them and decide whether you need to let them go.

Have you heard any of these complaints from your employees? Let us know in the comments below or fill out our form and learn more about how ExakTime can help you and your employees make the most of the workday.

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