6 Best Time Clock Software & Apps (In-Depth Look)

6 Best Time Clock Software & Apps (In-Depth Look)

Businesses often turn to a time clock software for 2 key reasons:

1. To increase employee accountability.

For example, restricting employee punches to a specific location or device, having employees take a photo of themselves whenever they punch in or out, and so on.

2. To save time on payroll.

Have employee hours, time off, and overtime automatically calculated for you (and export this info come payroll time, rather than going through a manual and error-prone process).

In this article, we’ll start by sharing how Buddy Punch (our time clock app) shines in the above areas. Then, to help you make a more informed decision, we’ll list five other time clock apps for employees.

Time Clock Software & Apps:

1. Buddy Punch

Brief Overview of How Our Time Clock Software Works

Before exploring Buddy Punch’s accountability and payroll features in detail, here’s a brief overview of how time clock software works:

1. Employees punch in and out through the device of their choice (i.e. computer, iPhone app, Android app, tablet, etc.).

Buddy Punch is compatible with most devices.

2. Employee hours, time off, and overtime are automatically calculated for you (and you can easily export this data).

Export timesheets to Excel.

Features to Increase Staff Accountability and Prevent Time Theft

Geofencing 

Geofencing feature.

The way Geofencing works is very simple.

First, enter an address (i.e. 123 Wilson Ave). Then, specify a radius around it (i.e. 400 feet).

Employees who attempt to submit a punch outside of your specified parameters will get an error message asking them to try again in the correct location.

Note: Click here to learn more about this feature.

IP Address Locking 

Edit IP address lock for any employee.

Each device (i.e. computer or tablet) at your workplace has an IP address associated with it. And with this feature, you can create one (or multiple) IP address locks.

What does this mean?

To put it simply, employees can only punch in or out using the devices in your workplace.

Note: Click here to learn more about this feature.

Photos on Punch 

Take a picture when punching in or out.

Photos on Punch is one of our most popular accountability features, and the way it works is very simple.

First, employees take a photo of themselves upon each punch submission. Then, you review/verify all the photos at once in a central dashboard:

Verify picture with punches.

Note: Click here to learn more about this feature.

Additional Features to Increase Staff Accountability 

Buddy Punch offers several other accountability features, including GPS Tracking, Facial Recognition Punching, and so on.

Visit our site and sign up for a trial to learn more about the full breadth of options available to fit your needs.

Features to Simplify & Save Time on Payroll

Payroll Reports on Demand

Export timesheets to Excel.

With Buddy Punch, each employee’s hours, time off, and overtime are automatically calculated.

Again, you can easily export this info (Excel or PDF) come payroll time, rather than going through a manual and error-prone process.

Note: Click here to learn more about this feature.

Payroll Provider Integrations

Integrate with QuickBooks, Zapier, Paychex, Sure Payroll, Pay Plus, and many more.

Traditionally, you would have to manually transfer employee hours (and other info like time off and overtime) into your payroll provider.

This would be a tedious task that’s not only time-consuming, but also prone to error.

But with Buddy Punch, in just a few clicks, each employee’s hours (and other data) can be transferred to your favorite payroll provider.

This makes the payroll process extremely quick and accurate. Click here to learn more and explore our full list of payroll provider integrations.

Time Off Tracking

PTO summary

All your time off tracking needs can be handled within our time clock software. That includes:

  • Time off requests.
  • Reports with available time off balance.
  • And much more — click here to learn about the full breadth of options.

Accruals

Time off accrual rules.

Buddy Punch offers flexible accrual setup options. Watch this video or view our help doc articles for more information.

Buddy Punch’s Additional Features

So far, we’ve covered just a few of Buddy Punch’s key features.

Click here to explore the full list, which includes but isn’t limited to:

Buddy Punch’s Online Reviews

At the time of writing, we’re proud and thankful to have received 646 reviews and a 4.8/5 star rating on Capterra.

Here’s a small sampling of our reviews:

"Payroll time savior."
"Absolutely stellar customer support, works exactly as advertised."
"Simple and easy to use time tracking product"

Click here to see all of our Buddy Punch reviews on Capterra.

Sign Up for a Free Trial

Visit our site to sign up for a free trial and learn more about Buddy Punch.

2. Connecteam

Connecteam offers various features and functionality:

As of writing, Connecteam’s time clock app has 131 reviews and 4.8/5 stars on Capterra.  

"Great app and customer service."

Click here to see all of Connecteam’s Capterra reviews. 

3. OnTheClock

OnTheClock offers various features and functionality:

As of writing, their time clock app for employees has 492 reviews and 4.7/5 stars on Capterra.

"Very effective for our team"

Click here to see all of OnTheClock’s Capterra reviews.

4. When I Work

When I Work offers various features and functionality:

They have one of the best time clock apps on the market. As of writing, When I Work has 884 reviews and 4.5/5 stars on Capterra.

"Very satisfied user."

Click here to see all of When I Work’s Capterra reviews.

5. Clockify

Clockify offers various features and functionality:

It’s one of the best time clock software on the market. As of writing, Clockify has 1589 reviews and 4.7/5 stars on Capterra.

"Good value for the price."

Click here to see all of Clockify’s Capterra reviews. 

6. QuickBooks Time

QuickBooks Time (formerly Tsheets) offers various features and functionality:

It’s a great time clock software for small and large businesses. As of writing, Quickbooks Time has 5,510 reviews and 4.7/5 stars on Capterra.

"Simple timesheet solutions."

Click here to see all of QuickBooks Time’s Capterra reviews.

Sign Up for a Free Trial of Buddy Punch

Visit our site to sign up for a free trial and learn more about Buddy Punch.

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