Registration identified by Time Clock vs Time and Attendance Software
When an employee registers at a Time Clock, how do you identify if he/she is punching in or out? Some Time Clocks have a function allowing the employee to indicate whether they are punching in or out. This makes registration algorithm very easy: we know exactly when employee punched in or out. If he/she forgot to register, your Time and Attendance software can easy identify this and take appropriate actions.
However, what if the employee makes a mistake, and instead of pressing Punch In button on the Time Clock, they press Punch Out button? Now all your registration records will be mixed and you will get unexpected results.
An alternative method to allowing employees identify whether they are punching in or out, is to let the software make the identification. For example, the first punch of the day is always IN and the next one is OUT. However, it is important to ensure that your Time and Attendance software can handle scenarios when employees forget to register. In our previous article, we’ve discussed the complexity of pairing registrations and handling missing entries. You can read this article by clicking on the link bellow.
In Midex Time Control we implemented the second approach. We do require employees to press a button, which speeds up the registration process: imagine you have 100 employees and everyone has to press a button while registering. Second, our software is not susceptible to human error when an employee presses the wrong button. Our unique algorithm for pairing registrations identifies whether an employee has punched in or out without the employee having to specify it. Midex Time Control effectively pairs registrations and is able to handle missing entries.