Tracking employee time is a vital consideration for virtually every business. For companies that use hourly employees almost exclusively, the reason is pretty obvious. If you don't track the time they work, you’ll have no way to pay them accurately. However, even companies where most employees are salaried need to be tracking employee time. Why, though?

Tracking employee time

Time Off: One reason to track time with salaried employees is to ensure that you’re accurately recording time off. This can include vacation time, but also applies to things like maternity leave, sick days, and other leaves of absence.

Overtime Considerations: While salaried employees are not usually paid overtime, this is not always the case. Tracking employee time ensures that those who were misclassified can be paid overtime, as their hours worked will be recorded.

Identifying Problem Employees: It can be difficult to identify problem employees without accurate time tracking. By tracking the hours worked, you can determine if they have a problem with tardiness or absences, frequently leave early, and more.

Project Considerations: By tracking employee time logged on specific projects, and individual tasks within those projects, you can determine where bottlenecks, slowdowns and hurdles are, and then work to eliminate those issues. 

Identifying the True Costs of Business Processes: How much time does it take for an employee to prepare for an audit? How much time does it take to prepare for an interview, or for the onboarding process to be completed? Tracking employee time can help you better understand the real costs of business processes, and make adjustments where necessary.

These are just a few of the reasons that tracking the hours logged by your employees is vital. We invite you to learn more about TimeWriter, and how our time tracking software can help your company.