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Why implementing time tracking isn’t as difficult as you think

Amy Bourne |

Businesses come up with a lot of reasons they don’t have a digital time tracking system in place, but many of them boil down to the idea that “it’s too complicated.” Whether it’s concerns from employees, management, or the owner, there are all sorts of potential deterrents—or so people think.

Here are the hurdles businesses bring up most often when it comes down time tracking, and why they’re not really as difficult to overcome as you might think.

Too Time Consuming/Expensive

One of the most common complaints about time tracking is that it adds an extra step to an employee’s workday that they could actually spend working.

An effective time tracking system should only take minutes a day and can actually end up saving your employees’ time.

First off, it integrates time tracking into the flow of their day with a two-second tap to clock in and clock out rather than ensuring they fret over a paper time card for 15 minutes at the end of the week.

It can also help employees and managers plan better for future projects by revealing exactly how long different tasks take with cost code tracking.

Additionally, while a time tracking system might demand an initial investment, it will very quickly pay for itself. How? With those 15 minute hour-rounding increments that are sliced off of each employee’s hours every week—even every day. Plus, with the time your payroll person saves on double-data entry.

Employees Don’t Want To

Another reason companies are reluctant to implement time tracking is because their employees just don’t want to.

Whether it’s seen as a lack of trust, a hindrance to their workflow, or, in a worst-case scenario, a misuse of company time, time tracking gets a bad reputation for being good for business, but bad for employees.

The truth is, honest employees have nothing to worry about from time tracking, and, in fact, they often benefit from it.

Lack of Technical Know-How

Some small business owners think that they just don’t have the technical know-how to effectively use a time tracking system. They might test the waters with low-tech solutions like Excel spreadsheets, but often feel it’s not worthwhile (sometimes moving into the complaints listed above).

But the good news is that time tracking is as simple as ever—it doesn’t matter how tech-savvy you are. Even advanced features—like keeping track of a mobile workforce or using photo-verification to prevent buddy punching—are as easy as one or two clicks.

Still not convinced? Fill out our form to find out how ExakTime makes time tracking easy and cost-effective. We’ve got solutions for every business, whether you’re looking for a simple clock in, clock out app, web-based time clock software for the office, or a rugged time clock for heavy-duty jobs. And best of all, we custom-tailor all of our solutions to your specific business to make sure you benefit as much as possible.

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Amy Bourne is the marketing copywriter for ExakTime. She enjoys learning about the real challenges faced in the construction-related field, and providing content that helps business owners work smarter.

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