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How To Stop Employees From Padding Time Cards

Posted on 03 Mar 2020

Padding Time Cards Adds Up

Are your hourly, remote employees math wizards? It’s possible. They may realize that padding time cards a few minutes each day adds up in the long run. This little white lie doesn’t amount to Kardashian money, but its impact is probably greater than you think.

The Math Behind Padding Time Cards

Let’s say your employees arrive to work at 6:02 pm and leave at 8:57 pm, but their handwritten timesheets always show as 6pm to 9pm. These micro differences on the front and back ends of their time cards may seem insignificant (and hard to catch). Your employees might also think, “what’s the big deal?”  But let’s do a little math. At $8 an hour padding time cards only 5 minutes a day comes to $174 a year. For part-time hourly employees, that’s a free week of pay just by padding their time cards. Are you going to catch 5 padded minutes a day while juggling 22 other balls? And what if this time theft is happening across the board and not limited to just a handful of employees? Since we’re already doing math, let’s do a little more and see the consequences of 20 employees padding time cards.

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That’s enough money for you to take a vacation – a pretty nice one. Oh, and add to that the payroll taxes. The snowflake rolls into a snowball at 5 minutes a day, but studies done by the American Payroll Association and the Robert Half Agency show that the real time theft number is closer to 10 minutes a day. That’s an avalanche.

Crush Time Theft and Vaporize Padded Time Cards

A time card punch clock on a wall doesn’t lie, but it’s not a practical solution for your remote employees who serve many customers in multiple buildings. Would you install a punch clock in every building and then drive around every week to pick up the time cards? Of course not! That’s absurd.  The good news is that your employees have a punch clock in their pockets. Our mobile app for timekeeping is your 17-second solution to crushing time theft and controlling labor costs. Employees hit the GO button and the STOP button. We create and report a beautifully accurate time card with a GPS stamp. We also have telephony, a fancy word that means your employees can call from your customers’ landline phones to clock in and clock out. The caller IDs are reported that verify your employees are on-site when clocking in and clocking out.

You can put a stop to employees padding time cards and we can help. We’ll give you 30 free days to try it out.

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