What are the top technology trends in the workforce management space?
Here's what time and attendance trends are creating the greatest buzz:
1. Real Time Capabilities
The world is moving faster--who wants a time and attendance system that doesn't keep up? One of the most powerful capabilities of a real time time and attendance system is alerts. Employers can set the system up to receive text or email alerts, allowing managers to take action before costly problems occur, whether it's a job slipping over budget or an employee crossing into overtime.
2. Mobile Time and Attendance Applications
A mobile workforce has always presented managerial challenges for employers, but never has technology been so adept at filling this gap. In terms of time and attendance tracking, mobile applications allow employees to "punch the clock" on their smartphones or tablets. The best applications not only capture the date and time, but GPS location, verifying that workers are, in fact, at an authorized worksite.
3. Biometric Technology
Biometric technology continues to be in great demand. And while product developers are raising the bar in terms of accuracy, price points are dropping, making this an even more attractive option for employers. Look for advances in face, voice, and non-contact recognition.
4. Employee Self Service
Employee self service features in a time and attendance system offer a common-sense opportunity to improve workforce communications and human capital management, not to mention workforce morale. When employees have the freedom to access their time and attendance data--such as timecards and accrued PTO--they feel more empowered and respected. Bonus: These features are a huge time-saver for busy HR departments.
5. Cloud Based Time and Attendance Technology
By far, cloud based systems are the hottest trend in time and attendance. For a more detailed overview on cloud based time and attendance technology, check out: Why Cloud Based Technology Is Taking Time and Attendance by Storm.