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Old 05-01-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a time clock and GPS app for employees.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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Been looking for similar, but I don't care about the gps I want them to clock in on my tablet in my trailer, but it seems almost all of them require internet access (won't have it) or they aren't setup for multiple employees, or the employee can just type in the time (if I wanted that I'd hand them paper).

There seems to be a lot that are supposed to install on the employees phone and I think they all require a monthly fee per employee.

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Check out Time Station.
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Absolutely check out TimeClock Connect (droid)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...meclock3&hl=en

* just reread your post probably not what you want (internet based for syncing) That and this post is over a month old.
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www.Tsheets.com

Using it for years, it works great, syncs with Quickbooks payroll.
Amazing for job costing.
People can sign in with anything online , even text.

Great customer service, they never let me down.
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I used to have the guys text "IN" when they got to work and "OUT 30" when they left (30 = length of lunch) and then I'd just scroll through and enter the times. That worked well but you never really knew if they were on the job or 5 minutes away. I have a few tablets laying around that I'd like to convert into time clocks but I don't want to HAVE to give them data plans just to use them.
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I used to have the guys text "IN" when they got to work and "OUT 30" when they left (30 = length of lunch) and then I'd just scroll through and enter the times. That worked well but you never really knew if they were on the job or 5 minutes away. I have a few tablets laying around that I'd like to convert into time clocks but I don't want to HAVE to give them data plans just to use them.
The part that really sucks is when you can't trust your lead guys on site
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The part that really sucks is when you can't trust your lead guys on site
It's not so much that I don't trust them (they have keys to the trailers with thousands of dollars in tools) it's just that 8:05 = 8:00 to them and 4:25 = 4:30 to them but when you add up those 10 minutes and multiply it over a number of employees it adds up really quickly.
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It's not so much that I don't trust them (they have keys to the trailers with thousands of dollars in tools) it's just that 8:05 = 8:00 to them and 4:25 = 4:30 to them but when you add up those 10 minutes and multiply it over a number of employees it adds up really quickly.
Oh I know that all too well, Just last week I had almost $ 500.00 an hour in wages, payroll matching and WC on site and guys wonder why I get pissed off when they are standing there holding up a shovel, or 2 guys watching one guy work.
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Oh I know that all too well, Just last week I had almost $ 500.00 an hour in wages, payroll matching and WC on site and guys wonder why I get pissed off when they are standing there holding up a shovel, or 2 guys watching one guy work.
Yup, if every guy is cheating you 10 mins a day that's almost an hour each week and that turns into 10's of thousands in a year at $500 hr.
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I'm pretty cynical about this. Get a system with a dedicated device - for example something like the ExakTime job clocks. They're expensive, but they'll pay for themselves quickly. If you think you might have a small timekeeping problem, then you definitely have a big problem. Your payroll to the honest guys will go down by 30 minutes per day until they get their first new paycheck, and realize they need to get their bags on and get to work, and if you're paying attention at all, you can quickly catch and fire the guys who are actively stealing from you - they have their stupid tricks, easily detected by an employer in a bad mood.

The accounting integration of these systems is a moneysaver, too.
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www.Tsheets.com

Using it for years, it works great, syncs with Quickbooks payroll.
Amazing for job costing.
People can sign in with anything online , even text.

Great customer service, they never let me down.
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I'm pretty cynical about this. Get a system with a dedicated device - for example something like the ExakTime job clocks. They're expensive, but they'll pay for themselves quickly. If you think you might have a small timekeeping problem, then you definitely have a big problem. Your payroll to the honest guys will go down by 30 minutes per day until they get their first new paycheck, and realize they need to get their bags on and get to work, and if you're paying attention at all, you can quickly catch and fire the guys who are actively stealing from you - they have their stupid tricks, easily detected by an employer in a bad mood.

The accounting integration of these systems is a moneysaver, too.
I can't guarantee that the trailers will have power 24/7 sometimes the homeowner unplugs our trailers at night to do something and doesn't plug them back in. The tablet will run off it's batteries for a while without power. Plus I have them laying around my house right now with virtually no cost to me to put them in.

I'm not on the site and really can't be on the site at the beginning of the day (or the end of the day) due to my children, so I can't keep track of coming 10 minutes late or leaving 10 minutes early.
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I can't guarantee that the trailers will have power 24/7 sometimes the homeowner unplugs our trailers at night to do something and doesn't plug them back in. The tablet will run off it's batteries for a while without power. Plus I have them laying around my house right now with virtually no cost to me to put them in.

I'm not on the site and really can't be on the site at the beginning of the day (or the end of the day) due to my children, so I can't keep track of coming 10 minutes late or leaving 10 minutes early.
The dedicated ones run on batteries, of course. My old exaktime job clock runs for a month or so on its battery. What's good about having a dedicated unit on site is that at the very least you know people were on site when they checked in or out. It's just what's worked for me. But they're a couple grand now, and I'd probably look for an app, too.

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I am have been looking into rfid time clocks that I can put at each job site and the guys can clock in and out every time we move sites. Also for there dam smoke breaks. .. I dont mind a 15min coffee break. But smoke breaks every hour... no! They want one they take it off there time. Lets see how many they take after the new clocks get installed. If they take 5 min ever hour that = 30 to 45 min a day. I am paying them to work not smoke.

Ps I dont like smoking. Its ok for them to smoke off site and off the clock.

Ps ps ... check ebay for rfid time clocks and rfid cards.
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I use Exak time. It is not the cheapest but it does work very well. Personally I use the clocks on the iPhone. My guys all have their own phone and I purchased the app for them. They also have the devices that will run on battery power for long periods of time. If you decide to purchase tell them you go the referral from me as they give ,some cash for referrals.
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I use about time. Works great. The have apps for smartphones. Abouttimetech.com. Saved the money in the first 6 months of use.
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Wish I could go smartphone way. But my guys are not tech savvy. .
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on big jobs with many employers, the best and most effective way is to pay someone (guard) to watch over everything and everyone.

i had 2 on the payroll at one time.
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I found an awesome scheduling app that's free. It's interesting because it keeps track of who is doing a good job and then rewards my best guys with the ability to 'see" work further ahead. Check it out at http://schedulehead.com

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