Working, working everywhere, but not an office in site. If Coleridge saw today’s airports or coffee shops, his famous poem might have been written along these lines. With easy access to Wi-Fi and cell towers, people today can, and do, work just about anywhere. For some jobs, such as those in the construction industry, a mobile workforce is required. For others, telecommuting is a job perk. Whether required or optional, we have become a society that works on the move.
Tracking employee work hours has always been tricky, but time tracking software has made that process much easier. As we become an increasingly distributed, moving workforce, mobile clocking in systems are necessary. From smartphones to tablets, SMS phones to laptops, we need time tracking systems that will work well across remote device types and access points.
The general contractor who just arrived at the job site wants a quick and easy mechanism to clock in. The employee waiting at the airport to catch a flight wants to focus on their upcoming presentation, rather than waste time tracking their hours. The night crew wants to check in fast, so that they can get started on the evening’s work. Mobile clocking in systems that are quick, easy and work well on the full range of today’s remote devices are big gains for workers on the go.
Supervisors also benefit from tracking software geared for our mobile world. Time tracking is much more reliable when your employees log in and out at the time when they actually start and end work, rather than relying on memory once they get back to the office. Mobile systems can also take advantage of the GPS capability on today’s devices, in order to let you verify where your employee was when they clocked in. In addition, supervisors can often be the ones who are on the run. Between meetings, off-site conferences or interoffice travel, you are frequently not at your desk and possibly out of the office when you need to check on an employee. Mobile clocking in systems allow supervisors to access their employee data outside of the office, wherever they may be.
Few jobs these days are tied to the desk. Whether you are stuck in a long commute, out enjoying the beach on your working vacation or looking for a change of scenery where you can better focus your energy, your tools need to follow you to where you choose to work. Mobile clocking in systems are the way to go, both for employee and supervisor.