Engen automates staff attendance

March 2015 Access Control & Identity Management

Biometrics solutions provider Ideco has partnered with PayDay Software Systems to implement an automated time and attendance solution at Engen Ermelo.

Ideco supplied a MorphoAccess MA500+, a fingerprint identification terminal for physical access control and time and attendance and also a MSO300 enrolment device. Since Engen Ermelo had only ever done manual calculations, this was a huge leap to technology to assist with the pay run and staff attendance.

Engen Ermelo manager, Kobus van Heerden says they previously recorded hours and time-off manually. “We calculated the salaries and wages on paper sign-in sheets and then entered it into the PayDay Payroll system.”

Andrew Duggan, PayDay business manager: time and attendance, says PayDay’s software helps businesses like Engen manage their workforce and track employees in an easier, more efficient and affordable way. “Companies of all sizes and all industries are increasingly implementing automated time and attendance systems that incorporate biometric time clocks.”

He says the old outdated time and attendance system, using time sheets to control times, was open to ‘buddy’ clocking and dishonesty. “We were able to offer Engen software that can handle the complications of the different shifts to assist with calculations of hours worked and if any leave transactions are processed in the payroll, the PayDay Time and Attendance solution will mark the employee as on leave and allocate the hours for the total period.”

Ideco managing director, Marius Coetzee, says this was a standard time and attendance installation with one MA500+ clocking station and one enrolment station. “The device connects to the database via LAN and the service collects the in and out clocks at set intervals. Employee shift rules are all setup within the PayDay Time and Attendance software and the reports are generated from the client’s computer.”

In total, Engen has around 50 staff members and the time and attendance system was implemented to cut out on overtime and to ensure that the employee time keeping is easily managed. The strategy was to run the system concurrently with a manual sign-in sheet along with CCTV cameras to ensure that the data captured could be verified. This is still in place as Engen feels it is important to have procedures in place should any disputes arise when it comes to salaries and wages.

One of the largest obstacles found with any time and attendance installation is getting the staff to clock in and out correctly. The simple procedure of clocking in and out is often filled with mistakes where employees will clock in when they arrive at work and then clock in again when they clock off duty.

PayDay’s Time and Attendance software had to cater for this problem and has now built in a very easy way to switch the time stamp to the correct direction. After running the system in a test environment and teaching the management on how to monitor the clocking habits, the staff quickly learned how to sign on and off duty correctly and these exceptions have become a thing of the past.

“Information at our fingertips and clocking history and attendance reports can be pulled up as and when required. This has greatly assisted us with keeping track of employee times and overtime. We are moving forward with rostering the shift workers and once this last stage is completed, we will pull the final hours for each pay period directly into the PayDay Payroll system,” says Van Heerden.

For more information contact Ideco Biometric Security Solutions, 086 104 3326, contact@ideco.co.za, www.ideco.co.za


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