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Benefits of Using a Time Clock in Your Restaurant

benefits of using a time clock in your restaurant
Michelle Jaco

By Michelle Jaco


One of the things that every business owner or manager has on their mind is how to save time and reduce costs AND, how to do it all simultaneously in the quickest way possible.

If you have employees paid at an hourly rate, labor costs will always factor into how time is utilized. With that, reducing labor costs can become problematic, as it will directly affect employee scheduling and time tracking.

Each of these elements of employee management in regards to scheduling is an opportunity to save time and money, ultimately improving efficiency and increasing productivity. But just as it is an opportunity, it is also can be an incredible liability and area of waste, loss and even theft if not implemented carefully and thoughtfully.

Yes, in today's economy, time can be stolen by unscrupulous employees.

That is why it is important to streamline your employee scheduling practices, time tracking methods, and protect your business from abuse and time theft.

An employee time clock app is an effective, safe and secure time tracking software system that leverages biometric technology with other features to streamline the process of tracking employee hours. Below we look at how a time clock app can help your business.

No Need for Manual Entry

If you are still using old-fashioned time cards or other manual means of tracking time in your establishment, you are likely losing tons on labor costs.

The time that is saved by not having to enter employee hours manually, like payroll, for example, benefits you in cost and how your time is utilized at work. You have more time to interact with customers, build your brand, and improve other areas of the business.

Time and attendance software also allows you to use that time for more productivity and business growth-oriented tasks, thereby possibly increasing revenue per hour worked.

Another benefit of using a time clock is that you don't have to do the dreaded manual calculation of decimal hours to regular hours. Time clock apps either include a time clock converter, convert hours automatically, or track them in standard time.

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Increase Accuracy & Reduce Time Theft

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Another great benefit of time clock apps is that it improves the accuracy of reported time worked. This reduces errors and over or underpayment, saving the time that it would take to correct these errors and the possible losses.

According to a recent study from the American Payroll Association, the average employee steals 4 hours and 5 minutes per week. This amounts to almost $400 billion dollars annually in lost productivity to US companies.

Obviously, employee time theft is not a small problem of low priority. It is a huge problem. And as much as we hate to impute any malevolent characteristics upon our employees, not all of them are honest and some do unfortunately steal from you.

A time clock app, especially one that uses biometric technology, can reduce time theft by preventing the opportunities to fraudulently record work time from dishonest employees.

One of the most common ways employees commit time theft is to fill in hours that they did not work into manual timesheets or even in excel spreadsheets that you may use to track hours. With a time clock app, employees have to punch in/out of the system by scanning a fingerprint or any other biometric data, which makes it impossible to falsify data. This also holds employees more accountable for their attendance.

Another way employees engage in time theft is through what is known as buddy punching, which is when an employee, who is either absent or running late, gets a fellow coworker who is currently present in the restaurant or any business to clock in for the missing employee. With a time clock app that features biometric technology like a fingerprint scanner, only the employee is able to clock in, which virtually eliminates the possibility of buddy punching.

Improved Shift Management That Will Improve Employee Satisfaction

With a time tracking app that integrates mobile technology, you can get a birds-eye view of shifts and who is on the clock in real-time. This managerial tool also reduces the possibility of fraud, as you can track employee punches by comparing who is scheduled to work from the system with who is actually present in-person from your mobile device.

Believe it or not, employees appreciate accurate time tracking apps at least the honest ones do.

Employees appreciate a third party objective time tracking software that keeps both employer and employee honest and accountable. According to, 49 percent of employees start looking for new work after just two paycheck errors.

A time clock app, especially one with an accurate time clock converter, goes a long way to reduce and eliminate these errors, helping you to retain your workforce.

Zip Clock Time Tracker App

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Zip Clock's time tracker app is a fully mobile, biometrically enabled time clock app that gives you all the benefits above and more.

Zip Clock also includes features such as labor law enforcement notifications and fast and easy shift edits. With the time tracking app, you save money, time and increase productivity all while ensuring that your employees are fairly treated and paid on time.

Check out all the features of the Zip Clock app and contact us today to improve your time tracking system.

Online employee scheduling software that makes shift planning effortless.
Try it free for 14 days.

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