Four Questions to Ask When Reviewing Time Clock Options

Written by Allied Time.

Having the right time clock system for your business can improve employee efficiency, reduce fraud and make the job of timekeeping much easier for your employees. It’s important to make sure you are finding out the right information as you compare different types of time clocks to make sure that the system you select is right for you.

Here’s a look at a few of the questions you need to get answered before you commit to any time clock system:

What is the size of your business? Having a large number of employees can turn record keeping with manual or punch time clocks into a time-intensive process. If your company has a large number of employees, it makes sense to invest in a digital time clock solution that will automatically track hours and integrates this information automatically into your payroll and HR systems.

How concerned are you about “buddy punching?” If you use a manual entry or swipe card time clock, there’s a good chance that some employees are engaging in “buddy punching.” This is where they clock in for a fellow employee so that their friend can collect wages for hours they didn’t work. This can be difficult to stop with manual time clocks but using biometric time clocks makes buddy punching almost impossible. Because these types of time clocks require a person to log in using their fingerprint, a retinal eye scan or another unique personal feature, another person simply cannot clock in or out for them.

Do you have employees in remote locations? Tracking employee hours is challenging when people work in remote offices, out of their home or on the road. You need to know when they are working but they can’t come to a main office to clock in and out. Web-based time clocks solve this problem by letting you give employees who are away from your office access to easy-to-use facial recognition or fingerprint time clocks.

Can employees clock in and out easily? Any time clock system that requires employees to take additional time to clock in and out is problematic. This can lead to a reduction in worker efficiency as employees queue near the machine to record their time. The opposite should be the case, as modern time clocks such as biometric time clocks are designed with features that make it faster than ever for employees to effortlessly clock in or clock out.


Allied Time is one of the leading retailers of time clock technology. They sell a wide range of products from leading manufacturers including biometric time clocks, Web-based time clocks and portable time clocks.