In this post, we’ll discuss why Buddy Punch (our employee time tracking software) is the best option for businesses with multiple employees.

Specifically, we’ll cover how Buddy Punch:

  • Simplifies the employee onboarding process.
  • Helps you (1) increase employee accountability, (2) streamline payroll and (3) simplify scheduling.

Then, we’ll list 7 other time clock apps for multiple employees, while comparing their key features and online reviews to help you select the solution that best fits your specific business needs.

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1. Buddy Punch

Buddy Punch's interface

Tracking time for multiple employees using traditional methods (paper time cards and time sheets) can quickly become a time-consuming headache.

What’s worse, the more employees you track time for, the bigger the headache: employees are not honest about when and where they punch in/out and the payroll and scheduling process become increasingly complex, which results in a waste of time and money.

We learned that lesson ourselves when struggling to count work hours and run payroll for a team of over twenty employees across three different business locations. That experience was, in fact, what led us to want to build Buddy Punch in the first place.

We wanted to create a time clock app that helps business owners:

  1. Keep Their Team Accountable: Our features help increase reliability and transparency when employees clock in and out of work.
  2. Streamline Payroll: Buddy Punch helps reduce wasted time and money when trying to manually run payroll for multiple employees.
  3. Simplify Scheduling: Our app removes all complexity from the schedule-crafting process, even when dealing with a large team.

While those three areas were of utmost priority in our design of Buddy Punch, there were other features we wanted to build into our app, which enabled seamless onboarding.

How Buddy Punch Helps Businesses Seamlessly Onboard Their Employees into Our App

Switching time tracking methods for a large team can be extremely time consuming, and is the main reason why many businesses stick to using paper time cards and time sheets, even if this method of time tracking doesn’t quite fit their needs.

This is why, at Buddy Punch, we focused our efforts to make sure onboarding all your employees is a seamless experience that takes just a few clicks. We achieve this by tackling the employee onboarding problem from multiple angles.

First and foremost, Buddy Punch offers administrators the option to add employees through a CSV import or manually one at a time. If you choose to go with the manual option, our team will help you navigate the different steps to do so.

If, alternatively, you choose to go with our bulk onboarding option — we provide you with a CSV file ready to be filled out. Complete the data in the CSV file, and send it our way. We’ll handle the rest!

In addition, to further help with the onboarding process, we do not require employees to have an email account in order to access our platform.

Simply create a username and password for each of your employees, and they’ll be able to use that info to log into our app. This feature is particularly useful for businesses specializing in areas such as cleaning or construction.

Lastly, Buddy Punch comes with a live chat feature with an average response time of 54 seconds during business hours.

If you struggle with onboarding at any point, someone from our team will be ready to help you.

An In-Depth Look at Buddy Punch’s Features

Now that we’ve covered our seamless onboarding process — we wanted to dive deeper into Buddy Punch’s key features, which have helped 10,000+ businesses:

Increase Accountability, with features such as:

Streamline Payroll, with features such as:

Simplify Scheduling, with features such as:

Now, we’ll take a look at each feature one by one.

Keep Your Employees Accountable (Geofencing, IP Address Locking, and More)

To keep your employees honest and accountable when clocking in and out of work, Buddy Punch offers the following features:

Geofencing

Buddy Punch: Geofencing

Buddy Punch’s Geofencing helps you leverage your employees’ mobile devices to add accountability to all their punches. When this feature is active, your employees will only be able to clock in or clock out when within a predetermined radius of your choice.

Simply login to our platform, input an address and radius, and that’s it!

If someone from your team tries to punch when outside your selected radius, the Buddy Punch app will show them an error message and prompt them to try again.

GPS Tracking

Buddy Punch: GPS Tracking

With GPS Tracking, whenever one of your employees punches in/out, our software will automatically track and record not only the time of punch, but the location.

That data is then recorded automatically on their timecard, as shown above.

You can later review and verify the punch locations from the Buddy Punch platform.

IP Address Locking

Buddy Punch: IP Address Lock

With IP Address Locking, you can limit your employees’ punches to a specific IP address, as pictured above.

Now, whenever an employee tries to punch in/out while not connected to that IP Address (your office’s wifi network, for example), our app will show them an error message.

Photos on Punch

Buddy Punch: Photos on Punch

When Photos on Punch is active, before your employees can confirm their punches, our mobile app will prompt them to take a photo of themselves (which is automatically recorded on their timecard along with the time of punch).

These photos will be waiting for you on the administrator dashboard — you can review them all at once or on a per-employee basis to verify whether it was your worker doing the punching, or a co-worker (i.e. buddy punching.)

Facial Recognition

Buddy Punch: Facial Recognition

With Facial Recognition, employees will be able to punch in and out with just showing their faces directly to their webcam or smartphone. An error message will be shown if the scan doesn’t match the employee’s face.

Streamline The Payroll Process (Integrations, Payroll Reports on Demand, Accruals, and more.)

To streamline the payroll process and save you countless hours, Buddy Punch offers the following features:

Integrations with Payroll Providers

Buddy Punch integrates with endless payroll platforms from QuickBooks, to Zapier, Paychex, SurePayroll, PayPlus, ADP WorkforceNow, Paylocity, Workday, Gusto, Paycor, and more.

Buddy Punch integrates with almost every popular payroll provider, meaning you can send all your payroll data to your chosen provider effortlessly.

Our integrations include QuickBooks (web and desktop), Paychex, Workday, and several others (shown above).

Payroll Reports on Demand

Buddy Punch: Payroll Reports on Demand

If you prefer to run payroll manually, we’ve got you covered. Our software automatically calculates all time data required for payroll (including time worked per employee, time off, and more), which you can export in the form of an Excel or CSV Payroll Report.

Time Off Tracking

Buddy Punch: Time Off Tracking

To handle all your time off needs, use our Time Off Tracking feature. This feature allows your employees to submit time off requests (PTO & unpaid) without ever leaving their phone.

All they have to do is login to our app (Android, iOS) and request time off.

Once they’ve done that, our software will send those requests to you, the employer. You can review all requests and approve or deny them, all from within the Buddy Punch platform.

Just search for the “Pending Approval”, as pictured below:

Buddy Punch: You can approve or deny time off from within the app.


Track Employee Hours by Jobs, Projects, or Locations

Buddy Punch: Hours report by location, department, position, time off.

With Buddy Punch, you can generate “Hours Reports” on demand, which can be segmented by “Location”, “Position” or “Department”.

Our software also gives you the option to generate a Time Off Report”.

To learn more about how our “Hours Reports” and “Time Off Reports” work, check out this video, which goes in-depth on both types of reports and walks you through the simple process of setting up codes for your employees to punch into.

Accruals

Buddy Punch: Time Off Accrual Rules

Manage all your time off accrual needs with our Accruals feature, pictured above. This feature allows you to set up accrual rules tailored specifically to your needs.

You can set these rules based on the amount of hours worked, or on a pay period of your choosing (annual accruals included.)

Simplify All Scheduling (Drag & Drop, Punch Limiting, Employee Availability, and more.)

To simplify the notoriously complex schedule-crafting process, no matter how large your team is, Buddy Punch offers the following features:

Drag & Drop Scheduling

Buddy Punch: Drag and Drop Scheduling

Thanks to our Drag & Drop Scheduling feature, you can easily create schedules for your employees within the Buddy Punch platform.

This means you don’t have to waste time creating multiple drafts of a schedule from scratch.

Design the schedule you think best fits your team as a whole, and then if the pieces of the puzzle don’t quite fit — simply click, drag, and drop to reorganize shifts.

Repeating/Recurring Shifts

Buddy Punch: Recurring/Repeating Shifts

To save even more time, use our Repeating/Recurring Shifts feature, which allows you to have schedules repeat over specified periods (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly).

Employee Availability

Buddy Punch: Open Shifts

To create a schedule that works for everyone in your team, you first need to know your employees’ shift preferences. This is one of the biggest challenges behind the schedule-crafting process for any business, and one you can bypass by using our Employee Availability feature.

Each person on your team can tell you when and where they would like to work before you even sit down to create schedules.

All they have to do is login to the Employee Availability section of our platform and select the shifts they prefer, subject to your approval. Now, when you next sit down to craft schedules, that information will be waiting for you.

Punch Limiting

Buddy Punch: Add a New Punch Limiting Rule

To prevent your employees from punching in a few minutes early or out a few minutes late, use our Punch Limiting feature.

With Punch Limiting, you can set up rules that tie your employees’ ability to clock in/out to their schedules. This means they won’t be able to submit a punch when outside their scheduled shift, or when not complying with the punch limiting rule you set up (15 minutes before or after a shift, for example.)

Notify Employees When You Publish Their Shift

Buddy Punch: Publish this schedule

Once you’re done creating schedules for any given period, hit “Publish” and our app will give you the option to share the schedule with your employees’ via email, push notification, or both.

And there’s more! Other forms of scheduling notifications include:

  • Shift Start Reminder & Shift End Reminder
  • Late In Alert & Late Out Alert
  • Early In Alert & Early Out Alert
  • And much more

What Our Users Have to Say About Buddy Punch

At the time of writing, Buddy Punch has garnered 631 reviews and an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Capterra, a popular software review platform.

These reviews highlight multiple strengths of our software, including ease-of-use and great customer support.

Buddy Punch review: "Easy and easily accessible from anywhere!"

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Buddy Punch review: "Simple and easy to use time tracking product"

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Buddy Punch review: "The Customer Support team is super responsive, thorough, and effective."

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Additional Features

The features we’ve described in this article are just the tip of the iceberg!

Buddy Punch comes with many other capabilities that help our customers track time for all their team members, including:

For a comprehensive list of all of Buddy Punch’s features, click here.

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about how Buddy Punch can help you track time for your employees while keeping them accountable, streamlining payroll, and simplifying scheduling — sign up for a free trial or watch our demo above.

2. QuickBooks Time (Formerly TSheets)

QuickBooks Time (previously known as TSheets) has, at the time of writing, a total of 5491 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Some of its key features include Time Tracking, Scheduling, Payroll Integrations and Time Card Reports.

For a more detailed look at all of QuickBooks Time’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about QuickBooks Time, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the platform’s key benefits:

QuickBooks Time review: "Accurately job cost our projects and track billable service calls, helpful, easy to understand."

Interested in Learning More?

Visit QuickBooks Time’s site here and sign up for a 30-day free trial.

3. Timely

Timely has, at the time of writing, a total of 206 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Timely’s time card app for multiple employees helps small businesses track time for multiple employees through many features, including Automatic Time Tracking, Project and Team Planning, Team Time Management and App Integrations.

For a more detailed look at all of Timely’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Timely, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the software’s key benefits:

Timely review: "I couldn't run my creative business without this"

Interested in Learning More?

Visit Timely’s site here or sign up for a free 14 day trial and try it out yourself!

4. Desktime

At the time of writing, Desktime has a total of 139 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Their time card app for multiple employees has features that include but not limited to: Automatic Time Tracking, URL and App Tracking, Document Title Tracking, Idle Time Tracking, Automatic Screenshots and Absence Calendar.

For a more detailed look at all of Timely’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Desktime, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting Desktime’s key benefits:

Desktime review: "Track productivity, boost attention, tracking"

Interested in Learning More?

You can give DeskTime a try via their demo, or sign up for a 14 day free trial.

5. Hubstaff

Hubstaff’s time clock app for multiple employees has, at the time of writing, a total of 1143 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Some of Hubstaff best employee time tracking features include Employee Time Tracking, Online Time Reporting, Employee Productivity Monitoring, GPS Location Tracking and Automated Payroll & Invoicing.

For a more detailed look at all of Hubstaff’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Hubstaff, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the software’s key benefits:

Hubstaff review: "Hubstaff is a great way to keep track of your team off your location."

Interested in Learning More?

Visit Hubstaff’s site and request a full demo, or sign up for a free 14-day trial.

6. Connecteam

Connecteam’s time clock app for multiple employees has, at the time of writing, a total of 119 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Connecteam is a great time clock software — they offer many features to help you track time for your employees, such as Employee Time Clock, Checklists & Forms, Employee Task Management, Employee Training, Employee Communication and Employee Scheduling.

For a more detailed look at all of Connecteam’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Connecteam, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the platform’s key benefits:

Connecteam review: "User-friendly, GPS Tracking is very useful"

Interested in Learning More?

Visit Connecteam’s site here and sign up for a free 14-day trial.

7. Clockify

At the time of writing, Clockify’s time tracking app has a total of 1556 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Their key features include, but are not limited to Time Tracker, Timesheet, Reports, Dashboard and Teams.

For a more detailed look at all of Clockify’s features, click here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Clockify, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the software’s key benefits:

Clockify review: "Simple, trust-based program for tracking work hours"

Interested in Learning More?

You can get started with a free Clockify account today or visit their site here to learn more about their product.

8. Homebase

At the time of writing, Homebase’s time clock software has a total of 766 reviews on Capterra, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Homebase’s key employee time tracking and mobile time clock features include Employee Scheduling, Time Clock, Online Timesheets, Health & Safety Screening, Team Communication and HR & Compliance.

For a more detailed look at all of Homebase’s features, you can go here.

To learn more about what users have to say about Homebase, you can see all of their Capterra reviews here.

Alternatively, here’s one review highlighting the Homebase’s key benefits:

Homebase review: "Homebase has saved us time and money"

Interested in Learning More?

You can sign up for a free 14-day trial here, or visit their site by going here.

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