Badging as seen by employees

The problem linked to badging

Refusal by employees

It is well known that change always frightens many people. Employees who are used to the traditional timesheets may have difficulty accepting a new system, and more importantly, it will be “technological”. However, you should be aware that an employer has every right to install a time clock in his company and to subject his employees to its use, regardless of the organization of their working times.

Employees also see clocking/badging systems and time clocks as monitoring tools. They may think that the employer does not trust them, they may also feel watched or feel the constant stress of making a fatal mistake, which pushes them to be against the implementation of these types of systems.

The resolution

Some departments will be more affected by the implementation of a clocking system than others. However, you will need to communicate with all your employees. Take the time to explain the reasons for adopting this system and its benefits. Answer any concerns in a transparent way. The clearer and more precise you are, the better the employee will be able to understand the introduction of this system. He may not fully accept it, but he will at least understand that the primary purpose is not to monitor him.

1. Be transparent

2. Explain the objective

Keep in mind that the main goal is to increase the company’s profitability and ensure that the business runs more smoothly. Avoid words that revolve around surveillance and favor those that revolve around improvement, evolution. By doing so, you will be able to explain to your employees all the advantages of the new system, both for the company and for themselves. The main asset to be highlighted is undoubtedly the resolution of conflicts over time worked between employer and employee, or even between colleagues. All you need to do each time is to consult the data recorded in the time clock to get to the bottom of the issue. If there are other benefits, such as time-saving, do not hesitate to discuss them with your employees. The eternal latecomers may not appreciate the presence of such a system within the company, but it will be all the more advantageous because it will encourage them to respect the schedules they are given and to be more productive.

Lastly, be aware that it will take a little time to present the hardware and/or software solution within the company, and explain how it works. This usually takes no more than half an hour, except for advanced payroll or accounting features, which only affects the departments concerned. These will benefit most from this new system. During training, employees will likely become aware that the purpose is not to monitor them or their work, which will encourage them to accept the implementation of the time management system.

3. Train employees