If your employees are "on the clock," you probably already know how hard it is to keep track of time sheets, punch cards, and the other common time tracking methods. Fortunately, you no longer have to rely on those outdated methods of tracking employee work time. Instead, you can simply make use of a quality timesheet software program. There are a lot of good programs out there, so many in fact that choosing the right one can be difficult. There's no specific brand or type of software that is the right answer; indeed, every "right answer" will likely be different based on the individual business and its needs. With that said, however, there are definitely some winning qualities you should look for in any software that you choose.
To begin with, you'll definitely want to make sure that whatever software program you choose has a remote access feature. Your employees who work in payroll are busy, probably a whole lot busier than they let on. That means that employees may take their work home with them, which can be hard if they rely on antiquated time-tracking methods. However, by giving them the ability to access their records and files away from home, they can work anytime and anywhere, ensuring more work will get done. In that regard, you're only helping yourself and your business.
Furthermore, it's nice for you to be able to access files and records in the event that there is some kind of problem or issue you need to check out. It's a whole lot nice to handle an emergency from far away when you're on vacation than it is to have to come home to deal with it!
Customizable reporting is a nice timesheet software feature for any business to have, but it's particularly important for large businesses. When you have a lot of employees working for you, you don't have time to scroll through hundreds (or more!) of reports to find out how a specific department is doing in terms of hours, much less a specific employee.
With a customizable report feature, you can look at reports based on any number of quantifiers. Whether you want to look at how a particular department or employer is performing or at how many hours are being logged on a particular project, all of that is made a lot easier with a customizable reporting feature.
These are just a couple of must-have features in timesheet software. This type of software has gotten very advanced in recent years, and even more excellent options are available, so do your research and be selective about the software you choose.