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Convert Time Clock Hours and Minutes to Decimals

Whether you calculate payroll monthly, bi-weekly, or even weekly, we can all agree that the time it takes to manually enter employee timesheets is time we'd rather spend on other work. Since payroll systems require the times to be in decimal format, this can create an...

How to Reduce Absenteeism in the Workplace

An employee’s alarm clock doesn’t go off and they are late for their shift. Children get sick and their parents have to stay home to take care of them, even if that means missing a few days of work. We’ve all experienced similar situations and don’t usually give them...

Rounding Time Sheets using the 7-Minute Rule

Are you rounding your employee’s time sheets to make payroll easier, to prevent early clock ins, or even to boost employee pay? It’s important to accurately and legally round time clock punches to protect yourself and your business. Here are a few rounding rules to...

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How To Control Labor Issues With Ease

How To Control Labor Issues With Ease

What in the world would we do without Administrative Professionals? While small businesses are the backbone of the United States economy, Administrative Professionals are the rock stars who keep these small businesses, large corporations and government entities moving...

Why Employees Love Our Workforce Management System

Why Employees Love Our Workforce Management System

Erin is a part-time employee (full-time college student) and works very hard – an exemplary employee by any standards. The company Erin works for recently started using our time card app and she loves it. For years she filled out paper timesheets under the "honor...

How to Effectively Manage Off-Site Employees

How to Effectively Manage Off-Site Employees

Imagine. You're eating dinner in a restaurant on Saturday night. Your wife leaves the table for a minute, you take out your phone and check the Chronotek app. You can't help yourself. It's like Minecraft for small business owners. You have hourly, off-site employees...

How to Improve Employee Retention and Happiness

How to Improve Employee Retention and Happiness

Lean in. Listen well. What I'm about to say is important. It's one of the hard truths we don't want to hear, like deep-fried chicken is unhealthy; it may be delicious and soul-satisfying, but a steady diet of it leads to a higher probability of health issues than baby...

#8 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Payroll Processing Done Manually

#8 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Payroll Processing Done Manually

One of our first website designs for www.Chronotek.net had an image of a guy holding his head in agony. Much like this guy. You would think that an evil person wired his brain to intravenously pump in Milli Vanilli on auto-repeat. That wasn't the case. He was doing...

#7 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Miscalculating California Overtime

#7 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Miscalculating California Overtime

It's been said that "as California goes, so goes the country." This certainly seems true with culture, but California is relatively unique in one aspect: its overtime laws. While most states enforce overtime pay of 1.5 times regular pay for weekly hours over 40,...

#6 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Overtime Lawsuits

#6 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Overtime Lawsuits

32,900 results in .31 seconds. I did a Google news search on "overtime lawsuits" and that's how many hits the Google machine returned faster than I can type "holy moly". Businesses are being sued at an alarming rate for failing to properly pay overtime. Between 2000...

#5 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Losing Money on Jobs

#5 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Losing Money on Jobs

Living paycheck to paycheck isn't living the dream. Have you swiped your debit card at the grocery store and said a prayer at the same time? This happens when you don't have a personal budget and you're not watching your money come and go. As Benjamin Franklin said,...

#4 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Losing Clients When Employees No-Show

#4 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Losing Clients When Employees No-Show

Your phone rings in the early morning before you've turned on your Keurig. It's an angry client firing you because his building wasn't cleaned last night. Again! You pinch yourself. Maybe it's a bad dream. Unfortunately not and definitely not a great way to start a...

#3 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Employee Time Theft

#3 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Employee Time Theft

Today we continue our series Avoid These 8 Major Pitfalls to Succeed In Your Business to discuss the harsh reality of employee time theft. It's a problem that costs American businesses up to $400 billion a year in lost productivity. In addition, it's estimated that...

#2 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Not Paying Required Travel Time

#2 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Not Paying Required Travel Time

If your remote, hourly employees travel from job site to job site and you don't pay travel time, we need to have a talk. You may be unaware that this travel time is required pay by the U.S. Department of Labor.  According to its website, "Time spent traveling during...

#1 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Handwritten Timesheets

#1 Business Pitfall to Avoid: Handwritten Timesheets

Let's acknowledge that sick feeling you get each time you do payroll with handwritten timesheets. These unmonitored and unverified hours on handwritten timesheets are your #1 business pitfall to avoid and will be the first topic in our new series, Avoid These 8 Major...

So Many Reasons To Be Thankful

So Many Reasons To Be Thankful

We want to wish all of our great timekeeping customers a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for you and thankful that you allow us to help make your business dreams come true. Here is a saying (unknown author) that we think epitomizes the...

New Series: Avoid These 8 Major Pitfalls to Succeed In Your Business

New Series: Avoid These 8 Major Pitfalls to Succeed In Your Business

If you're driving down a major highway and see a massive crater in the road, surely you would stop, right? Or at least go around it. It is said, "A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." As a...

Converting Time – Hours to Minutes

Businesses go through this every month, every 15 days, every two weeks, every week, and I have even heard from a few businesses that do this every day!  The task consumes a ton of time and you didn't envision it in your dreams of business ownership. Worse yet, your...

The Small Business Owner’s Key to Work/Life Balance

The Small Business Owner’s Key to Work/Life Balance

Chuck Noll, the former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 23 years, knew about success. In his final 20 seasons with the Steelers he had 15 winning seasons and won 4 Super Bowls. In the prior 36 years the Steelers only advanced to the postseason once. Tony Dungy, in...

3 Mistakes That Will Stunt Your Business Growth

3 Mistakes That Will Stunt Your Business Growth

Colin Powell said, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." We talk to a lot of small business owners. We learn about their business needs, how they best use our system and the steps they took to build a...

Run Your Small Business Like Super Bowl Champions

Run Your Small Business Like Super Bowl Champions

The NFL kicked off last night and for many of us it's the most exciting time of year. Football teaches us many lessons both personally and professionally. For instance, did you know that out of the 51 Super Bowls that have been played, 46 of the winning teams had a...