3 Reasons to Use a Time Clock With Facial Recognition


You asked, and we got to work. A lot of work. And, you guys, we are super excited about this.

You ready?

TSheets Time Clock Kiosk now features facial recognition!

Employees love smiling for the camera using our photo capture functionality. With over 380,000 photos snapped of employees around the globe, it’s obvious that ease and accountability are a top priority for many employers.

So, to turn it up a notch and build technology our customers will love and use even more, we’re proud to add feature facial recognition technology to our physical time clock.


Why should you use a time clock that has facial recognition capabilities?

Aside from the fact that the tech is akin to magic, there are three big reasons you’ll want to enable this feature on your time clock kiosk.


1. If there’s just not enough time in the day to review photos

Time clocks will alert admins when software does not recognize an employee clocking in. This makes it much easier for managers who don’t have time to skim through all employee time entries looking for discrepancies.

Instead of going through every photo on a single timesheet, a flag icon will appear next to a timesheet entry. And your company’s TSheets account administrator will receive an email notification if an employee isn’t who they say they are or wears sunglasses and a fake mustache to work, for example.


2. If you have seasonal or temporary employees

If you can’t always put a face to a name, let technology handle it for you. Your TSheets app collects employee photos over time, but it learns to recognize employee faces from the first time they clock in using facial recognition. Even if you don’t see an employee on a daily basis or know their name, the app will recognize your their photo.


3. If you want to prevent your employees from clocking in for one another

Unless your employees look identical, your time clock will detect when someone is clocking in for someone else. Buddy punching, as this practice is known, costs small businesses approximately $373 million per year. But with facial recognition, employees are empowered to honestly and accurately track time.

TSheets’ resident imposter, doing his thing.

When it comes to biometrics, facial recognition takes the cake. It is easier to set up and can verify a person’s identity more reliably than thumbprint scanners, which are sensitive to dust and dirt and can malfunction over time.

As always with the Time Clock Kiosk, your employees will love how easy it is to clock in and start tracking time. You won’t have to worry so much about going through photos — especially if you aren’t familiar with everyone on payroll — and your employees will be far less tempted to clock in for one another.


Want to try facial recognition? Activate it from your TSheets dashboard!
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  1. Tony Johannsen says:

    Do you think this technology would have a positive or negative effect on employee morale? How about on company culture? I’m interested in your thoughts.

    Thank you!

    • Myranda Mondry says:

      @Tony Johannsen, great question! Here’s what we think: Biometric technology is on the rise — employees everywhere already use their fingerprints to unlock their phones and more! Whether they know it or not, they’re using biometrics. Our facial recognition technology works much the same way — it’s just another way to ensure they’re clocking in quickly and getting paid correctly (for every second worked!). We’ve done our research, and we found that most employees don’t actually mind the additional accountability check when it comes to their timesheets. Check out our GPS survey findings for more info :) https://www.tsheets.com/gps-survey

  2. Benjamin Hirsch says:

    Do I need special hardware for this feature?

  3. Lisa says:

    The employees that complain are usually the ones ripping off the company!
    They do quit and look for work elsewhere where they can manipulate their hours to benefit themselves.

  4. Joshua Lance says:

    I think this is great for managing remote teams. Stopping wage theft is key and this goes along way with this.

  5. Caren Schwartz says:

    Truly amazing how technology has evolved and the ways in which it can be used.

  6. Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining why it could be good to have a time clock with facial recognition. I had no idea that it could help alert when it doesn’t recognize an employee clocking in. This seems very helpful for managing and keeping track of timesheet information.

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