How Do I Get My Employees to Track Time?

Part 1 of 2: From the Employers Point of View

Employee Time Card

It's a long-standing battle: the timesheet versus the employee. The suspense hangs in the air. Will the employee remember to fill the timesheet in, and if so, how accurately will they knock it out? Then, will the final timecard make it to the inbox before the payroll countdown? Only time will tell.

And that's exactly the point. Time will tell, if you let it. Time tracking will tell a business what employees are working on—even where and when—while dramatically improving efficiency and speeding up those paper trail heavy tasks, like billing and payroll. If you can only get employees to time track, right?

Here's how to stop making time tracking such a battleground. Give employees options for how to use it, and reminders when it's go time. It's easy to on board employees with time tracking solutions like TSheets, and adds up to the employer's benefit.

Easy To Use Anywhere, Anyway

With time tracking, think beyond paper and punch clocks. Secure cloud-based technology like TSheets opens up so many options. Like GPS-enabled time card app for Android and iPhone apps that stamps time tracked with worksite locations. Or clocking in and leaving notes via a text message, phone call or Twitter. From a desktop widget to a mobile website, you can take time tracking with you, no matter where your employees want or need to go.

Every employee has his or her quirks. Mark only uses Mac. Don't mess with Anna's Android. That kind of thing. Getting employees on board with time tracking means matching a solution to what they already do everyday. It means giving them options to feel ownership, plus ultimate ease of use and flexibility when it comes to how they interact and use the time tracking software.

Fully Alerted, Duly Noted

Whoops, you just went into overtime. Psssst, will you approve and submit your timesheet? Have you ever wanted to be a little bird on your employee's shoulder at key times in the work shift, the week, the month? Now, with TSheets time reporting and management, you can set up automatic alerts for a wide number of reasons that will dramatically increase overall use on the frontlines and improve back office accountability.

Also, employees can easily track time to specific job codes or clients, and even add notes, so everyone stays updated.

Get On Board

TSheets offers a free two-week trial. So sign up now—and see how time tracking can make better sense for your employees, and add up to real dollars for you. Our customer service team works in-house at TSheets HQ to go above and beyond, especially in those crucial early stages, to make set up and on boarding easy for everyone.

My whole crew LOVES this app! They know their hours are right. I don't waste my weekends running payroll. Everybody wins! Also they have the best support ever. Victoria walked me through setup and also showed me some cool tricks! Elite1, (review on appcenter.intuit.com/tsheets)

Check out Part 2: Time tracking from the employee point of view: "What's in it for me?"

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