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Time and Attendance Solutions – Then and Now

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Another New Year has begun and the first thing on everyone’s mind is New Year’s resolutions and what the future will bring. But let’s not forget how we got to where we are today. It all had to start from the beginning and this certainly goes for Time and Attendance solutions. Since being invented they have come a long way so we wanted to share with you where it all began!

November 20, 1888 – the date the first time clock was invented by Willard Le Grand Bundy, a jeweller in Auburn, New York. The Bundy Key Recorder was a mechanised time recorder which comprised of several type-wheels which were controlled by a clock movement. It was used by Birmingham City Transport to ensure that bus drivers did not depart from outlying terminals before the due time.

Bundy Clock

Modern Time and Attendance solutions take advantage of today's sophisticated networking protocols to link time clock computers together so employees can be monitored in real-time while maintaining the time card data in a secure and centralised location. Integration with online payroll systems saves time and eliminates data entry errors. The benefits of modern time and attendance systems are virtually endless.

Even though Time and Attendance solutions have greatly reduced the amount of time needed to prepare time cards for payroll processing, it still protects business owners and employees for the same reasons as that very first punch clock.

As computers have become more sophisticated, so have Time and Attendance solutions. If you have been to the Titanic Museum in Belfast, you might have noticed the Harland & Wolff time clock, which was used during the construction of the Titanic. Small wooden boards were used to keep track of workers time. To help prevent “time theft”, machines like this were introduced into the shipyard to record hours worked more accurately. As you can see from the pictures below, a lot has changed over the years!

Titanic Time Clock

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We’ve come a long way from wooden time keeping boards to mobile apps - Managing Time & Attendance may just have been revolutionised! Softworks Time and Attendance App allows employees to clock in and out on their smart phones from wherever they are and includes their GPS location.

You can get a quick demo of our solutions via this link and a demo of our new app also. It couldn't be easier! Now that we know how far Time and Attendance solutions have come, we are really looking forward to seeing what is next - watch this space!

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Topics: Time & Attendance