In any work environment, employees will be late. It happens, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. However, this can give birth to a more insidious problem — employees clocking in for one another. While this moving act of friendship is understandable, it costs the company money and cuts down on productivity, encouraging poor behavior on part of the employees. The standard solution to this problem was to install security cameras to catch them in the act, but security can be placed in better locations than the time card machine.


The future of employee check-ins is in biometric time clocks. These are programmed to the employee’s specific fingerprint, meaning that no one can clock in for them. If they’re late, then it will be logged in the computer automatically. The technology relies on the fingerprint scanners that are ubiquitous in smartphones today.


Overcoming Objections

Some employees may object to the use of machines such as this, citing privacy concerns. If this is the case, remind them that their fingerprints are already on file as part of the application process. It won’t require any additional information from the employee to use, and will simply keep people honest. Place a bottle of hand sanitizer next to the machine to address any potential health concerns that may arise.


Biometric check-in machines can cost upwards of $1000 or more, but the productivity and ease of use will more than make up for the cost. After a time, these machines can help to promote better corporate culture, resulting in more profits for the company.

While it is a noble endeavor to get employees to arrive on time, it isn’t always possible. The solution doesn’t lie in becoming overbearing, penalizing people for things that cannot always be predicted. Installing technology can handle the issue for you. With biometric clocks, you never again need to worry about whether someone makes it to work on time or not — and the automated system means that flimsy punch cards are a thing of the past.