Finally! An affordable solution for verified punches
Gone are the days of expensive solutions that can verify employees are who they say they are.
PicTime is an ingenious method of verifying your employees are who they say they are. By using your tablet’s built-in camera, PicTime takes a photograph of your employee as they record their punch. This photograph is then saved and uploaded to your TimeMD account along with your employees time punch.
The photograph allows you the opportunity to verify the punch was made by your employee instead of their “buddy”.
The Buddy Punching Dilemma
The process of “buddy punching” has been a problem for management for years. The basic idea is that employee A receives a phone call from employee B asking if employee A will punch-in for them. Employee B, feeling obligated to their friend, clocks-in employee A.
Usually, management is aware that buddy punching happens but has no idea by whom or how often. As a result, millions of dollars worth of time is “stolen” from businesses all over the country. In order to address this problem, employers have looked towards technology for a solution. So far, expensive biometric devices have been the only choice.
Biometric time clocks, or devices that identify an employee by some kind of distinguishing trait such as fingerprints, have been used as a possible solution to stop buddy punching. However, most of these solutions cost more than what most businesses can afford. Some purchase cheap solutions only to discover they are frustrating to use and unreliable. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. When it comes to biometrics, the more accurate the process you need, the more you’re going to spend.
Then there’s the risk of putting sensitive personal information such as a fingerprint on a network. As a result, some are concerned about whether or not their information will be abused or shared with others. Despite the fact this risk is very small, the concern still exists. In some cases, no matter how much assurance you can provide, they simply don’t want to take the risk.
A Game Changing Solution
TimeMD has solved these problems by taking the complexity out of biometrics. We have adopted the philosophy that a verified punch can occur if management has the tools they need to verify the employee.
Our approach is that employees can record their punches knowing that management can at any time verify they are who they say they are by looking at the photograph taken when their punch was made. This also addresses the concern of storing sensitive biometric data such as fingerprints.
While our system can work with virtually any time clock or biometric device, we’ve developed PicTime to fill a need . We consistently hear clients complaining about the cost of biometric solutions.
TimeMD.com has been offering innovative web-based solutions for over a decade. We provide time tracking tools for both small and large employers. While the TimeMD interface is simple and easy to use, it can be combined with complex features to accommodate even the most demanding employer.
Because TimeMD is purely web based, managers have access to critical data in real-time anywhere they have access to the internet. The technology has changed the landscape of how employers manage labor costs.
Since labor is by far the largest expense for most companies, real-time data is critical for managing it. Now, with the release of PicTime, even our smallest clients can get both real-time and validated data on every single employee.