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-- by Cheryl Dominianni
Remember the time card at your first job? Surprisingly, many small- to medium-sized businesses still rely on paper slips for processing all or part of their payroll. Enter TimeClock Plus-a time and attendance application that makes the time card obsolete.
Employees can clock in from an LCD-equipped Remote Data Entry Terminal (RDT) connected to a central computer or, with the program's network version, directly from their own keyboards. We reviewed the standalone version of TimeClock Plus 2.0. Once work hours were in digital format, it took no time at all to calculate total hours worked and to produce related reports.
You'll need to enter job codes (numbers assigned to work tasks and associated hourly rates), employee information and work schedules. TimeClock Plus can generate a raft of reports, including Complete Payroll, Job Code Analysis (hours worked per job code, along with estimated wages), Absent and Tardy report, Labor as Percent of Sales report, Job Scheduled versus Actual and Employee List.
Individual and general work schedules, accrual of sick and vacation time, and a display of who's on the job add to your view of business activity. While TimeClock Plus isn't a payroll program, you can export its data to popular payroll packages, including DacEasy, QuickPay, ADP, PayChex and Peachtree.
In addition to the program, equipping your workplace with the optional RDT will cost $429.95; a card-swipe RDT model costs $549.95.
For workplace efficiency and ease of use, TimeClock Plus 2.0 is definitely worth your consideration.