Biometrics has become increasingly popular among organizations as a part of employee time management strategy due to its ability of recognizing people’s distinctive physiological characteristics. It prevents employee time theft and ensures staff members do not clock in for one another as biometrics terminals read an employee’s unique fingerprints, hand shape, iris or face shape.
One of the most commonly used biometrics technologies is fingerprint time attendance system. It reads the fingerprints of a person when he/she places finger on the scanner and lets him/her to clock in or out.
Let’s find out in the following paragraphs how biometric systems can help your organization:
Reduction in Time Theft
With traditional attendance systems it was hard to prevent employee time theft which could cause up to 5 percent loss to company’s payroll cost. Earlier, employees could easily handover their badges or cards to their co-workers to prevent clock in late. However, such time thefts may seem innocuous but they can cost organizations from thousands to millions dollars annually.
Biometrics attendance system requires each employee to be at worksite to punch in him/her thereby eliminating buddy punching and time thefts. Since no one can fake or steal other’s fingerprints to clock in or out, there’s no chance of coming late and leaving early.
Nothing to Lose
Several organizations use cards or badges for marking employees’ attendance and logging in entry time. While it seems a great way of attendance marking, sometimes cards or badges are lost and HR spends greater time in reissuing timekeeping devices. It not only results in time and money wastage but also poses a risk to organizations security. With biometric system there is nothing to lose and employers don’t need to reset door security codes and deactivate cards.
A few new forms of attendance marking allow employees to mark their in and out time using their smartphones or PCs. While it seems a great idea as it eliminates the need to implement any new device to clock in time, it results in employees marking their attendance from outside the office or long after they left. A biometric system requires attendance at office site not from miles or blocks away.