Zip Clock vs Homebase | Why to Pick Zip Clock over Homebase Time Clock App

Zip Clock, like Homebase, is a cloud-based business management solution which focuses on optimizing employee time and attendance tracking, eliminating labor law violations, simplifying employee scheduling and significantly reducing labor costs.

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What Does Zip Clock Offer That Homebase Doesn’t?

Homebase and Zip Clock both aim to reduce compliance risks and save money. You can prevent employees from hitting overtime and you’ll be alerted if someone doesn’t show up for their shift. Both of these apps also try to solve the problem of buddy punching, but the method utilized by Homebase pales in comparison to Zip Clock. Zip Clock uses a biometric time clock to ensure that whenever an employee clocks in, you can be absolutely confident that every time punch is accurate, and that employees aren’t clocking in for each other. Zip Clock is also available on any mobile device or tablet, so that you can manage your employee time and attendance anywhere in real-time.

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Why Zip Clock Is Different

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"I was so impressed when I first saw Zip Clock that I couldn’t wait to start using it. I’ve never seen a employee scheduling software that is so easy to use and understand. A bit of magic that helps us operate at scale."

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Real-Time Employee Attendance Reporting

Zip Clock gives managers insight on how well all of their team members are managing their time. This insight makes it really easy to set goals and standards for how many labor violations and overtime hours are allowed every week. Homebase does not have any sort of system in place for managers to evaluate their staff’s performance at work. Homebase has a feature that displays an employee’s punctuality, but Zip Clock takes this even further with the Employee Performance Report. Without a method of gauging employee performance, businesses are at a large disadvantage when it comes to analyzing their employees’ work ethic.

Zip Clock’s Employee Performance Report allows you to know whether or not your employees are being compliant with labor guidelines with one glance at your phone. While using Zip Clock, you can gain visibility that would have been impossible without it. You’ll always be aware of your employees’ status with labor guidelines from anywhere at anytime. Additionally, Zip Clock offers an Audit Trail Report that increases accountability for all of your employees. Supervisors and managers can edit punches, and with this report, you’ll be able to have an audit trail of every time a punch is changed. This ensures that punches are only edited when necessary since managers know that every time they edit a punch they will need to have a good explanation for why they edited a punch.

Homebase offers some reports, but not to the extent of what is offered in Zip Clock. Along with the Audit Trail and Employee Performance Reports, Zip Clock offers Punch Management, Employee Violation, Payroll, Daily Punch, Ignored Punch, Notes and Broadcast, and Employee Acknowledged Punch Reports. All of these tools give you a deeper look into your operations. By using these reports and staying informed you will see a significant decrease in your labor costs. Additionally, unlike Homebase, Zip Clock gives managers access to reports on any mobile advice so that they can stay informed from anywhere and at any time. Managers have all the tools necessary to perform any time and attendance task they need to, right in the palm of their hand.

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Eliminate Labor Law Violations

Labor law violations happen a lot more often than people think, and all these violations can add up, which can cause labor costs to increase exponentially. A lot of the time, labor violations occur because managers do not have the ability to hold employees accountable. Both Zip Clock and Homebase give managers more visibility when it comes to employees hitting overtime or causing other violations. With Zip Clock, however, employees have the ability to hold themselves accountable.

Zip Clock’s dashboard offers a large variety of meaningful information, such as emoticons, notifications, and warnings that display if a labor violation is going to occur. Zip Clock’s dashboard uses emoticons to display if any labor violation is about to occur. Employees can actively manage their time and with one look at the dashboard, they’ll know if they are staying labor law compliant. They can also see if their fellow co workers are staying compliant with labor laws, and if not, they can let them know that they need to clock out or take a break.

This takes a lot of the pressure off of managers, giving them more freedom to put their energy towards other areas of operations. Managers can enforce schedules and breaks without doing any unnecessary work, and the gamification of the dashboard encourages employees to stay informed on their hours and breaks. The interface of the dashboard also allows all information to be presented in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand.

Homebase also has the ability to alert managers if an employee hits overtime, or if an employee will hit overtime later on in the week, but this approach can lead to notifying a manger when it is already too late. Zip Clock does all of this but it also takes extra steps to ensure that both managers and employees are always informed. Zip Clock displays all information in real-time, eliminating the likelihood of a manager being notified about a labor law violation after it’s already too late.

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"Our managers needed help with employee scheduling. We were using Excel and emailing the schedule out to our staff. But, when we tried Zip Clock we realized how many hours we had been wasting with the timely task of handling shift changes and other employee requests. Now we schedule employees faster, with more accuracy and more flexibility. The free mobile apps have made our whole team feel more appreciated and more engaged. Our customers are more satisfied than ever before."

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Easily Manage Punches on Any Device

ZWithout an effective way to manage punches, your managers will have to focus an unnecessary amount of energy on something that could be done seamlessly by using Zip Clock. Punch Management in the Zip Clock web application has an extensive set of features that make employee time management simple and easy. The advantage of Zip Clock, when compared to Homebase, is that all the necessary tools to effectively manage punches are also available on any mobile device or tablet.

The Zip Clock mobile app is an easy way for employees to manage their time. Our easy-to-use app is very intuitive and any user can quickly pick it up and use it for viewing for editing punches and any other time management actions. The mobile app gives your managers real-time information that allows them to easily manage their employee’s time. Real-time information gives them the visibility on when employees need to take breaks and when they are about to hit OT hours.

Zip Clock’s mobile app features a Requests section which shows any punches that need approval, unbalanced punches, and it also gives managers the ability to tell an employee to clock out or take a break if they are about to cause a labor violation. Homebase does not have nearly as many features in their mobile application. The Homebase mobile app is primarily used as a way for employees to clock in, and this isn’t even close to as effective as Zip Clock’s time clock.

Having access to all of these features from the mobile app isn’t just incredibly convenient, it also gives managers the ability to perform important actions, even if they don’t have access to a computer at the time. In addition to being able to edit punches through the mobile app, if an employee adds a punch themselves because they forgot to clock in on time, a manager can approve the punch through the mobile app as well. The Zip Clock mobile app gives managers and employees all the tools they need to manage their punches effectively and easily.

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