Bad timekeeping technology costing employers

Posted on 8 Nov 2011

Kronos has released a survey which revealed employees in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the UK and the US abused their employer’s systems to receive more pay. The survey also looked at the differing attitudes that employees have toward their jobs.

The results came on the same day Kronos announced its new Kronos InTouch time clock, while urging employers to take extra care in ensuring employees stick to timekeeping polices.

Joyce Maroney, director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos said: “We have run surveys on the number of employees in the US who admit to cheating on their time sheets in the past, but we have never surveyed on this topic in other regions around the world.”

Answers varied widely when employees who use a time clock were asked if they had ever clocked in earlier or out later than scheduled, having someone else clock them in or out or not clocking out for breaks.

Ms Maroney added: “Organisations with employees around the world need to take a hard look at their time keeping technologies and policies and make sure that they are using the latest technology, configuring their solutions appropriately, and setting correct policies to minimise this kind of fraud.”

73% of people in India who currently use a time clock admitted to engaging in one or more of these behaviours, followed by 72% in China, 51% in Australia, 49% in Mexico, 37% in the UK, 33% in France, 33% in the US, and 26% in Canada.

When asked how they felt when they finished work, those surveyed in Australia, Canada, India, and Mexico most commonly selected that they felt “satisfied with a hard day’s work”. In the UK and France, the most common response was “thrilled to be getting away from my job.”