Author of the Time & Attendance Consultant's Guide Series
Software installation comes with inherent problems. Firstly, you may require an IT Provider to install the software for you, and it is not uncommon for your operating system to require an upgrade.
The software must all be configured and, if you are like most business owners of payroll managers, where will you find the time for that.
What often happens is that a company buys a new budget-priced time clock with software only to find that all the add-ons cost more than the clock itself. This can include the training, setup, IT Provider costs and a support agreement.
Stand-alone time clocks are more expensive, but they are straightforward to set up and often come completely preconfigured with your attendance rules, employees preloaded, and 12-month support.
Let's take a look at a typical time clock which can be purchased online.
Fingerprint Time Clock $950
Implementation Package $450
3 Months Support $350
IT Support for Installation of Software $200
In this equation, you cannot easily put a value on your time but it is significant. By comparison, a fully configured Fingerprint stand-alone time clock can be purchased for $1,949. Clearly, a turn-key solution is not more expensive at all!
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