Mobile Construction Time Tracking Features
One thing we’ve learned about construction companies: most never thought they’d find a time and attendance system that fits their uniquely mobile workforce. If they use any system, it’s usually old-school timesheets, which they already know are far from perfect.
So, when construction employers first hear about mobile time-tracking apps with GPS, most are eager to learn how they work.
In a nutshell, mobile time-tracking apps work by turning smartphones into little virtual time clocks. Workers log on and ‘punch in’ with a few keystrokes, and later, ‘punch out’ the same way. The mobile time tracking system captures the time, date and the device’s GPS location at the time of the punch. Because the mobile tracking system is digital, there’s no rounding, time theft or manual errors that plague paper timesheets.
It’s a great solution for construction firms with mobile, scattered work crews. And since many of their workers—and certainly, their foremen—already own smartphones, employers don’t need to buy anything except for the time and attendancesystem itself.
However, there are a number of time and attendance systems to choose from, each with various features and advantages making it hard to navigate. Based on conversations with our construction clients and prospects, we’ve compiled a list of features that matter most to employers.
Top 5 Mobile Time Tracking Software Features for Construction
1. Pay-as-you-go pricing
Chances are, your headcounts rise and fall with each season. If you choose to pay a fixed monthly fee, you’ll be paying for more than you need during off-seasons. For the best value, look for time and attendance systems that charge on a ‘per person per month’ basis.
2. Real-time alerts
The best mobile time-tracking systems not only register punches in real time, but issue real-time alerts when someone deviates from the schedule. So if someone fails to clock in or tries to clock in from outside approved GPS coordinates (yes, you can set ranges), your managers instantly get a text or email alert. This nips time and attendance problems in the bud and helps keep customer service levels high.
3. Easy to use and implement employee job site time tracking
A time and attendance system should make life easier, not harder. Look for a system that’s easy for workers to use (ask to see how employees punch in/out and note how many steps are involved). Find out how long implementation takes and what’s required of you. In addition, make sure the mobile time-tracking system will integrate smoothly with your payroll system, and that your vendor will handle it for you.
4. A “group punch” option for construction site time clocks
Do your employees always work in crews? If so, you might prefer to have them punch in and out as a crew, rather than individually. With the group punch option on the mobile time tracking system, your foreman handles punch-in duties for the whole crew.
5. Safe Work Day Questions
Construction work is hardy and can be dangerous at times. In some cases, employees take advantage of these conditions to pay for non-work related injuries. Not only is this a problem financially, it can distort your efforts towards building a safe work site and bring unwanted attention from the OccupationalSafety and Health Administration. Our mobile app, as well as any of our time tracking solutions, offers an optional safety question when employees clock out. Every day employees can be asked “Did you have a safe working day today? Do you have any injuries?” When employees answer “No” and alert is immediately sent out to managers to start a direct audit trail. If an employee answers “Yes”, yet come back 6 months later with a lawyer claiming to have been injured on site, you have that a trail to look back on for your defense.
How is Our Mobile Time Tracking Software A Benefit for Construction?
We specialize in time and attendance solutions for the distributed workforce, and our Mobile PunchTM time tracking system meets all the criteria construction businesses want most to track efficiently on job sites. With integrated geo-tracking and geo-fencing employees will not be able to clock in unless they are on site and automatically clocked out when the leave the site parameters.
We offer real-time alerts to help you manage your business better. It’s easy to use, and we also offer group punch options for work crews. We’re known for our quick implementation and streamlined integration processes. Finally, we partnered with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the top U.S. labor law firm, to ensure our ACA toolkit will give employers the best help possible in managing Affordable Care Act requirements.
Get Other Job Site Time Clocks from EPAY Systems
In addition to our mobile time app, we also offer other types of durable time clocks for nearly any type of business. Using one of our various mix and match time tracking solutions, you can maintain accurate time for your business, while avoiding the complications that can come with other solutions.
Learn more about EPAY’s solutions for the construction industry or schedule a personalized demonstration to see how well we can flex to meet your needs.