To be honest, I’ve never paid attention to gas prices. My reason may be flawed, but if I need gas I stop and get it. I’m not going to waste time and more gas to save 10 cents a gallon. I drove my wife’s car the other day and had to stop for gas. It was $2.29. My son said that he and my wife almost got gas the day before across the county for $1.96, but were in a hurry. Now for someone who doesn’t pay attention to gas prices, that made me emotional. Same gas, not even in a different county, much less different state, was 33 cents higher. And no, no one came out to pump my gas, wash my windows or even say “thank you”. These things I may pay more for on a cold, rainy day. Here at the first of a new year you may be looking for an online time clock system for your remote, hourly employees. It’s important to the bottom line of your business that you pay close attention to the value you’re getting.

The important factor in the price of a service or product is that you fully understand what you’re getting. If, like me and the gas, you know that you’re paying more and receiving less, that’s your decision. But at least know the facts.  We know that a reliable, accurate timekeeping system can actually save a company money. We hear it from our clients all the time; it is like trading a quarter for dollar.   One of our pillars is to provide a fair, cost-effective service.  We are very transparent about the cost of our clock in, clock out system.   A 30 employee company pays just $164 per month. And no setup fees. Simple.

That cost includes all of our tools and features: scheduling with no-show alerts by text/email; Random Voice Verification to prevent buddy-punching; Travel Manager to automatically calculate drive time and mileage; QuickBooks Integration to easily do payroll; GPS Smart Tracks that reports if employees aren’t at the job site when clocking in/out on the app; Linked Phones that insures employees clock in/out from job site landline phones when calling; a supervisor app for monitoring work flow and attendance while away from the office.

Just starting your search for an on-line  timekeeping system?  Beware of the gas station across town that’s charging much more for similar features that we offer.   Look closely and ask questions. Does the employee flat fee include scheduling with late alerts? You may find that it will cost an additional dollar or more per employee. What if all employees don’t have smartphones.  Is there a way to call to clock in?  Maybe you’d prefer that your employees clocked in/out from client landline phones to know definitively they are on site.  Check to see if this privilege could cost you another dollar or so per employee. Suddenly to access all of the tools your growing business needs, you’re up to $7 or more per employee. And then does the company have a solution for automatic drive time? Can it handle California overtime? Does it have a way to prevent buddy-punching? These are all valid questions to ask when searching for an online time clock system.

If you choose to pay more for an online time clock system make sure that you get more in return. Do a little better than I do when it comes to paying attention to gas prices. We wish for you a joyful, productive and prosperous 2019!

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