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Three Myths Surrounding the Biometric Time and Attendance System That Need To Die Already

Published: September 12, 2016

Many companies are switching from manual time and attendance systems to biometric technology that can help them manage their workforce. The biometric system utilizes fingerprints, palm veins and finger veins to identify the person. The biometric modality is garnering a lot of attention lately. Some of it is good as can be expected while some of it is bad. While most are applauding the innovative system that can track certain employee management areas in an efficient manner, others are complaining about security issues and identity theft.

Identity management has been a sticky topic for most software manufacturers and when it comes to the employee time and attendance system, people tend to get a little sensitive due to the fact that it directly effects their payroll generation and performance appraisal. Most companies are so fond of the biometric time and attendance system because it prevents employees from buddy punching, which costs U.S. based organizations more than $500 billion annually.

A workforce management system costs up to more than 50% of the total budget of an average company and while most companies are busy making employee cutbacks, some are considering updating their time management tools for saving their revenue. However, the jury is still not decided on whether they are safe and suitable to use at the workplace or not. A biometric time and attendance system can increase efficiency and accuracy due to which the following myths about the technology need to die.

There Are Security Issues Regarding Fingerprints

Most people think that a biometric system is not safe as it stores fingerprints while scanning it. If this were the case, then most identity thieves and con artists would be targeting corporate time and attendance systems. The capturing mechanism of a biometric system is drastically different from a usual fingerprint scanner. They don’t store the fingerprint and only identify it using a mathematical algorithm. Each time an employee places their fingertip on the scanner, the mechanism compares it to the data in the database. Some argue that that stored file can be used to regenerate your fingerprint. However, that is not the case. The information in algorithm form can only be decoded when your fingerprint is on the scanner.

A Biometric Is Only Suitable For a Large Corporation

Is employee productivity only essential for big companies? NO!

Small organizations work on the same principles of employee productivity as a large organization, but on a smaller scale. Small businesses do require a time and attendance system as much as any big organization. Some are skeptical about investing in something which is not more effective than their current absence management system. That’s where they are wrong. A smaller organization will suffer more in terms of lost revenue and profit. Investing in a biometric system can translate into more savings for your business in the long run.

They Are Complex

They are complicated to use is like a half-formed lie which is ridiculous. A biometric system is all about simplifying life, not making it more complicated. They are much easier to use than a manual time and attendance system. There is no need for any administrative monitoring and the employer can remotely manage and monitor it with an efficient interface. Workers will be accountable, even when the manager or owner is not present. Accountability will directly increase the efficiency and productivity level of your department or company in no time.

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