It’s logical you’re tracking time of your hourly employees, after all, you do pay them by the hour. But what’s up with the salaried workers? Should you keep track of employee hours for them? Why would you be paying for another time tracking software licence? Or going through more timesheets on a weekly basis?


Well, you should be tracking time of all employees you have, because paying them isn’t the only reason you should be tracking.


Let’s see why exactly should you track time of salaried workers:


Billing Customers

The fact that you’re not paying your employees by the hour, doesn’t mean your clients aren’t paying you this way. Your company probably sends invoices to clients based on the data your employee time clock calculator collected. So, if you’re not tracking time Janet from Accounts spends working, you won’t be able to charge for the time she put in.


Calculating Compensation

How would you know if you’re supposed to pay overtime or night hours to someone if you’re not tracking their time? Your employees might be salaried, but they still deserve to be paid for the extra time they’ve worked. 


Another option you might have, depending on the law in your country, is to not pay for those hours, but instead give your employees a couple of hours off (those hours that they’ve been working overtime).


It’s not always about money, so your employees might be pretty pumped up when you tell them they can choose between these two options. Who would love to get off earlier on Friday?


Abiding the Law

In many countries, minimum and maximum amount of working hours for full-time employees (salaried or hourly) are defined by law. Therefore, if the regulators come knocking on your door you must be able to show you have an accurate employee time tracking database.


By using a day time tracker for your salaried employees, you’ll always know if they’ve worked a 40-hour week, or a 50-hour week. You’ll be able to catch on time if they’re approaching their daily or weekly limit of work time, and send them home before you break any laws.


Accurate Resource Allocation

Do you know how much time your salaried employees give to each client or project they have (whether you’re billing by the hour or not)? If you’re not using some kind of a time tracking machine you probably don’t. 


Not knowing how much time your employees spend on projects every day can lead to you assigning them way more work than they can handle. On the other hand, they might not even have enough work to fill their productive hours. 


Increased Productivity

This one’s for the salaried and hourly workers alike. Time management clocks improve productivity for all workers. When employees know where their time goes during the day, they’re able to readjust their workload. With the insight from a time capture software, you and your employees will be able to see what are their most productive hours during the day and rearrange the tasks so the tough ones are left for the productive time of the day.


Besides, when employees are aware you’re tracking their every second, they’ll improve the way they work so they can look good in front of you. Ergo, they’ll be more productive and efficient, and who doesn’t want a more productive workforce?


Final Thoughts

The best time management software is the one that helps you and your employees grow, while helping you abide the law and stay on schedule. If your hourly workers are able to improve and develop based on time tracking insights, why shouldn’t your salaried workers be able to do the same?


The reality is, there’s not much difference in time tracking of your hourly and salaried workers. The biggest one is payment - thanks to time keeper software you’ll be able to calculate payments for your hourly workers automatically, and even pay them through the app. But other than that, both kinds of employees should be time tracked if you’re looking to achieve maximum efficiency for your business.


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OVERVIEW
Price (per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user + $16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan: $30 for 5 users + $5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user + $8From $2.20 per user
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
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Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
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Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
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Android app
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OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
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IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
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Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
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Project adding
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Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
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REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
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Linux desktop app coming soon
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