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Implementing a biometric time clock into the workplace

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A few simple steps in rolling out a biometric time clock

Both large and small businesses will spend significant time researching the selection of biometric devices to integrate with their time and attendance software. Yet when it comes to implementation, companies often believe “the faster, the better!”.

Although you may be eager to see immediate benefits –— biometric readers that capture in/out punches of employees can result in a solid ROI for organizations of all sizes. However faster take up is not necessarily better. Adoption of new devices can be difficult and if employees fail to use them, the ROI payback can extend from 3 months to up to a year. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take in order to ensure biometric success.

Like any change in the workplace, employees often view new technology with cynicism and an “us vs. them” mindset can easily develop. Biometrics in particular can be viewed negatively by staff, potentially stirring ideas about Big Brother watching over or lack of trust from management. It can also lead to views by current accounts/payroll personnel that they may lose their job.

Yet, with well thought out explanation and communication, biometrics can be received by employees as a positive sign that their company is technically advanced, smart with their money, looking to preserve jobs and operate efficiently. It is also essential to ensure you provide proper warning or discussion before a biometric reader appears on a wall —– lack of communication will leave your supervisors and employees to interpret this change on their own.

Why is face recognition better?

Biometric time clocks using face recognition are more reliable than the most commonly used fingerprint clocks. User error is reduced to minimal as there is no input required to use the device – such as placing a finger in the correct spot.