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Hello all,

We currently pay our techs by the hour until business starts to pick up on mechanic jobs. Techs normally get a 1 hr lunch break (no paid). However, we have noticed that techs are leaving early and showing up late. As an off site owner, I find it difficult to keep track of hours, and would not like to pay for hours techs are not there. We have tried to use the honor system; however, may times techs are "forgetting" to note time in an out on the calendar. 

 

Any suggestions? Do you use an electronic clocking in an out system? Have the manager in charge do it?

 

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions.

 

Regards,

Nick 

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We used to have an electronic time clock and before that a mechanical one.  Now they punch in and out including lunches on RO Writer.  If they are hourly technicians.  If they are flat rate they just punch in and out each day.  This is a must.  If something happens, the owner needs to know if they were even here or  ?

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I have been using a time clock for 35 to 40 years and would never be without it. My original clock required me to add up the hours at the end of the week. This old clock was replaced +/- 15 years ago with a time clock that totals the hours after every in/out entry. My employees like it because they are paid for every minute they are punched in for and they can see their total hours worked whenever they want. Bottom line - The employee that arrives to work on time and does not abuse lunch time will love it. The employee who is always late, takes extended lunch time and leaves early will hate it. I prefer to cater to the punctual worker that conforms to our lunch schedule. I also have my techs punch in and out for every job so I can keep track of billable hours more efficiently. 

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One of my flat rate technicians doesn't like to clock in.  I hand him his time sheet back and have him sign it.  Also, if they should get hurt on the job and they haven't clocked in and out for that day who's to say they were actually at work.  They MUST sign in and out.  If it continued, there must be consequenses

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Time clock. Would never be without. Another of our antiquated systems that would be replaced with something more high tech if I wasn’t selling soon. Trust in 2018 is synonymous with screw me. 

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I use opentimeclock which is an online based timeclock that deducts for lunch, calculates payroll, and provides reporting to Excel or Qucikbooks. It works for us and I have no complaints. 

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