Taking the “Pain” Out of Employee Time Tracking

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When it comes to time tracking in the workplace, there are a number of reasons why employees dislike the practice – from believing they are being spied on and taking too long to enter time schedules manually to forgetting what they worked on and for how long, workers just see manually tracking time as a nuisance. From a business’ perspective, however, things are a bit different, as most business leaders view time tracking as a value-laden prospect.

In this article, we’re going to explore issues from an employee perspective with regard to how an automated time tracking solution – with barcode scanning capabilities – can resolve these issues in a manufacturing environment, all while making it much more efficient and effective for everyone involved.

The first thing we’d like to stress is how automated time tracking, coupled with an educational factor (that is, explaining to employees why time tracking is important) can significantly improve operational efficiency in a warehousing/manufacturing landscape. In going a bit deeper, staff using a barcode time tracking solution can simply scan the job they are working on (from the job traveler) and then scan the task – when the task is complete, they can scan the next task and carry on. At the end of the day, everything is automatically recorded.

Additionally, in the event a shop floor worker is engaged in multiple jobs at the same time (for example, powder coating multiple pieces at once from different projects), their time can be automatically divided between the various tasks.

Saying Goodbye to Manual Time Tracking: The Shop Floor Insight Solution

In stressing to employees why time tracking is vital, Insight Works offers a dynamic answer to the equation through our Shop Floor Insight product, a comprehensive solution for barcoded time capture, time and attendance and employee time management.

Ready to say GOODBYE to manual time tracking?

Here is an overview of Shop Floor Insight’s benefits:

  • Eliminates manual time entry with barcode scanning for production orders, jobs, service orders and maintenance
  • Captures operational data on the shop floor or in the field, including consumption, output, scrap and quality
  • Records non-productive and rework time for advanced reporting
  • Obtains multi-level timecard approval from shop floor or NAV
  • Automatically calculates overtime and shift differentials for integration with payroll systems
  • Provides access via web browser to enable data entry from mobile devices in the field or shop floor

What’s more, Shop Floor Insight utilizes barcoded production orders to simplify data capture on the shop floor while reducing the errors associated with manual time entry.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Automated time tracking is good for the employee too when they understand why it’s important and how to execute it successfully. From a business perspective, it’s important because it ensures no billable hours are missed, problems in the manufacturing process are defined, profit margins are secure and more.

When you consider Shop Floor Insight from Insight Works, you’re making an investment in your company. By automating your shop floor data collection, you will increase data accuracy, reduce unnecessary overhead costs and improve the efficiency of your staff, ultimately enabling them to focus on value-added tasks to drive business performance.

And isn’t that really what it’s all about?

Learn all about time tracking in Microsoft Dynamics NAV at www.ShopFloorforDynamics.com.

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