Overview: An automated time and attendance solution (ATAS) is an efficient employee time tracking tool for payroll processing purposes. Just a few of the advantages of using an ATAS include an increase in the accuracy of the employer's payroll and the recording of employee work time, elimination of time spent tracking down employees' timesheets and faster timesheet approval by managers.
On the other hand, ATASs also have some pitfalls that can inflate an employer's payroll. The following are some common examples:
Fortunately, these problems can be avoided by adopting a few simple policies and procedures and by customizing the system.
When choosing an ATAS, employers will find that there are many available options. The needs of each employer's organization, as well as which option can be most easily integrated into the employer's existing HR, payroll, and accounting systems, will dictate what type of system is the best choice. When choosing, employers should bear in mind that most systems offer other services besides simply recording time which may not cost extra. However, it is wise to avoid unnecessary complexity; a system with all the bells and whistles available will not be effective if employees and their managers are not comfortable using it.
Author: Rena Pirsos, JD, Legal Editor
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