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On a 2009 post Allied time was a recommended company for purchasing time clocks. Has anyone had a more recent experience with them? Our library is looking for a time clock. We are considering a Lathem 7000e or a CompumaticXL1000e. Anyone used either of these?
Have you considered cloud-based attendance options or other software? Also, I assume you're looking for an employee and/or volunteer attendance solution. Any other context? Here's the Allied Time mention (with link to website).
Chris Delatorre, Science and Sustainability Advocate
I haven't really considered cloud-based. Thanks for the link. I will look into it. Yes, it is if or employee attendance but employees don't always work in the same building all day. We are a library system with 8 branches. The administrative staff travels among them. Having an actual card lets us quickly find out if someone is in the building or not. The two machines we are considering are the Latham 7000 or the CompumaticXL1000e. They look very similar but I just haven't been able to find reviews on the Compumatic to know if it is a good piece of equipment.
Thanks for you input.
Anytime - given the remote nature of your admin staff, albeit between a set number of places, a cloud-based option might be the best. Where select staff (HR, managers) have access to staff accounts 'at a glance' from mobile apps or work stations. I'm not steering you away from the machines you're considering - just an idea. Let's see if we have anyone else has something to add, and good luck with the search.
A Videx TimeWand or something like it may work for what you want. Or one of the many "badge readers" that are out there. If you only need them to clock in and out then a simple badge reader may work at each location. But if you want to track hours by job or project, then you need something that can also allow input of a code for that work.
You didn't ask, but you will also want to make a list of what the software needs to do and make sure that is covered with whatever hardware choice you make.
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You definitely would want to have a cloud based system in place for time-cards. It is exceedingly more useful to electronically track paid time vs uses a punch card. The drawback of the punch card is two fold. 1) If the timecard is lost, you will manually have the figure out a way to calculate the hours paid. 2)If the employee has hours tracked electronically, it eases the ability for you to track non-exempt (hourly) employees in term on their overtime pay.