How an Automated Time and Attendance System can Improve Employee Engagement
It’s no question that employee engagement is key to the success of a business. However, 79% of business leaders believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem1. In fact, in a recent State of the American Workplace report, Gallup Research found that 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged at work.
While there are many different ways to address and increase employee engagement in your workforce, you may not realize that an automated time and attendance system can make employees feel more connected to your business, and therefore, more engaged with their jobs.
Here are a few areas an automated time and attendance system can help you improve employee engagement:
Clear communication channels can be difficult to come by when you manage a distributed workforce that is constantly on the move. Remote worksites make it difficult for managers to communicate with their employees, leaving workers to feel disconnected with their central office.
Time and attendance solutions that enable mobility can help increase engagement by linking people, wherever they may be. Messaging capabilities on time collection devices allow managers to communicate with employees upon punch in or punch out. While you may not be onsite to tell your employees to have a great day, or remind them that there will be a worksite inspection on Thursday, being able to send messages to your employees using time clocks helps keep everyone in the loop.
Independence can lead to higher employee engagement. Time and attendance systems that double as convenient employee self-service portals—providing workers with access to their time and attendance records—help employees feel in control.
Time clocks may provide employees the ability to review their work schedules, pay stubs, time sheets and accrued time off. Employees enjoy the easy access of a self-service system, while managers appreciate the time saving benefits and clarity it provides. A time and attendance system that automates workflows and provides tools for employee self-service contributes to the overall increase of productivity and satisfaction of the workforce.
In order to keep morale high, it is important that you recognize employees for good behavior and reward them for their accomplishments. However, when your employees are spread out across multiple locations, it can be difficult to know which employees are the top performers.
A time and attendance system that offers an Employee Points Module can offer insight into your employees’ behavior. Employees can receive points for punching in and out on time, taking meal breaks, and for other non-attendance related behaviors. You can associate point values with certain rewards like gift cards or a prime parking spot. When your employees know they will be recognized for their work, they will be more determined to do a good job.
Drive your employee engagement by rolling out a fully equipped automated time and attendance system. Learn how EPAY’s cloud-based time and attendance software improves communication, employee independence and recognition.