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Time clock and remote work performance
From Time Tracking to Culture: How to Improve Remote Team Performance
September 08, 2021 by Tim Glendenning
Hybrid and remote work is here to stay.  It may be a while before we see how wide this trend goes. 73% of workers say they want flexible remote work options.  Companies failing to deliver ...
Time clock software to track PTO
Why Time Tracking and Offering PTO is Important For Small Businesses
June 15, 2021 by Tim Glendenning
Many small businesses offer PTO to their employees and use time clock software to assist. While owners are working on the guarantees, salaries, and working conditions, the employees are hard at work...
paid time off accruals and bank balances
How to Calculate PTO (Paid Time Off) Accruals and Bank Balances
May 19, 2021 by OnTheClock Team
Calculating PTO accrual banks and rates isn’t a simple task, but very important for every manager professional to understand when tracking this benefit. When performed manually, it can be conf...
Tracking hours worked in healthcare
Time Tracking and Scheduling for Medical and Healthcare Employees
February 22, 2021 by Tim Glendenning
The medical and healthcare industries have experienced an influx of patients seeking care in the past year. With healthcare workers facing longer hours and busier schedules, time management is more ...
Improve employee shift scheduling
How to Prevent Overscheduling Your Employees
February 11, 2021 by Tim Glendenning
Every business owner and manager knows how difficult it is to create employee schedules. Lack of proper scheduling can lead to negative effects on your business including inaccurate payroll and time...
Time tracking time clock for construction
Advantages of Tracking Hours in Construction
January 04, 2021 by Tim Glendenning
Time tracking software for construction companies is an important part of a business when tracking hours worked. A modern time clock has done a world of good to many industries and resulting in accu...
Time clock to track leap year hours
How Does a Leap Year Affect Payroll
December 22, 2020 by Brynn Hadden
As we get ready to close out the books for 2020, you may have noticed an additional payday this year if your pay periods are weekly or bi-weekly. What an Extra Pay Period Means for You   ...
Maximizing freelancing productivity
Time Clocking & Office Setup: How Freelancers Can Maximize Productivity Levels
December 10, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Freelancing offers a lot more freedom and flexibility than other jobs — as your own employer you are completely responsible for how you spend each day. However, this means that you have to rel...
Employee skill development encouragement
How to Encourage Employees to Make Time for Skill Development
December 03, 2020 by OnTheClock Team
Even the best possible product can't do for a company what qualified and engaged employees can. An extensive study conducted by John Kotter and James Heskett revealed that companies that value peop...
Time clock attendance tracking
The Best Way to Track Employee Attendance
November 19, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Did you know employees, on average, steal around 4 to 6 hours a week from their employers? Whether you’re monitoring employees who are coming in and out of your office, are working remotely, ...
Tracking time can prevent procrastination when working remotely.
How to Reduce Procrastination by Using Time Clock Software When Working Remotely
November 02, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
We are all affected by procrastination in one way or another. Why does it happen? While some simply define procrastination as laziness, we know that procrastinators can become hard workers, especial...
Calculate hours worked by employees
Modern Solution to Calculating Employee Hours Worked in Today's Workplace
October 19, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
The old-fashioned time clock is dead. Or is it? Like everything in life, the humble time clock has evolved over the years. The time clock has come a long way from “dunk-and-thunk” punch ...
How to know if employees are clocked in
How to Know if Employees are Clocking In
October 01, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Ever wondered if your employees are actually on the clock or not? Chances are, they might have either forgotten to clock in, or they clock in elsewhere. With technological advancements, clocking in...
Employee survey time clock
Employee Health Screening Tool For Small Businesses
September 21, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
OnTheClock users will now have the opportunity to develop a survey that will be displayed to an employee during the time clock punch-in process to see if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. We ...
OnTheClock + hr360
OnTheClock Offers hr360 Free to Time Clock Users
September 14, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
OnTheClock Offers hr360 Free to Time Clock Users OnTheClock has partnered with hr360 by Zywave to provide time clock users with a complimentary HR software solution free of charge to help s...
Helpful tools for remote employees and employers
5 Essential Technologies for Remote Team Management
September 09, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Remote work has ramped up in many industries as companies encourage their teams to work from home and prevent potential spread of the virus. However, even before the pandemic, remote work was rising...
How to prevent employee burnout
How to Avoid Employee Burnout in Today’s Working Environments
September 01, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
It’s often said that a company is only as successful as the employees who work there, and that’s completely true. But it's important to keep in mind that preventing employee burnout will...
How to hire an accountant
5 Must-Have Considerations to Remember When Hiring an Accountant
August 18, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
In today's modern business world, hiring an accountant is one of the most important decisions you're going to make. There's the standard approach of getting an accountant who can help pay your taxes...
Effective time management recommendations
6 Effective Time Management Recommendations to Improve the Workplace
August 03, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
As a manager, one of your tasks is to bring the best out of your team. You are responsible for how your team performs and you need to coach them or give them tools to achieve the same. The average...
Helpful tips on how to perform an employee review
Practices to Write Employee Performance Reviews That Deliver Results
July 28, 2020 by OnTheClock Team
Employee performance reviews that give results? That’s probably an interesting phrase you don’t hear too often. Usually, an employee evaluation is used to check out where an employee is ...
Time management tips for summer businesses
5 Time Management Tips for Summer Business Owners
July 21, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
While this year may feel like a big blur, it is, in fact, summertime. For thousands of small business owners across the country, this is a unique time for them and their employees to make up the bus...
Vlookup Example
VLookups to Merge Spreadsheets to Send Paid Time Off (PTO) Balances
July 17, 2020 by Nicole Hullihen
Have you ever been looking at a spreadsheet and noticed you were missing a column or two of information that would make all the difference?  Then you see that information is on another spreadshee...
Businesses coping with the new working norm
How Small Businesses Can Cope With The New Normal
July 13, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Firms that have invested in digital technologies find it much more comfortable to survive the global lockdowns that have forced their entire businesses into telecommuting. These organizations have c...
How employees can be productive and motivated
Productivity and Motivation Hacks for Remote Workers
July 01, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
With arguably the biggest global crisis in recent history, the way we work and live has flipped upside down. Hundreds of millions of employees around the world transferred from the usual office sett...
Dealing with stressed customers
7 Ways to Deal With Stressed Customers
June 11, 2020 by OnTheClock Team
There is a saying in consumer service that goes, “the customer is always right,” and having this mentality is important when doing business. There are times when customers have an attitu...
Boost work from home productivity
9 Tips for Productivity Boost While Working at Home
June 01, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Most office workers are dreaming about working from home. What’s not to like — working in your PJ’s, taking a break whenever you like, sitting on a couch, hanging out with your pet...
Prevent germs employee punch clock
Prevent The Spread of Germs When Employees Punch The Clock
May 20, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Keep your business safe by reducing the amount of germs your employees encounter when clocking in and clocking out with a mobile employee time clock app. OnTheClock provides safe alternatives for em...
How to prevent time theft from remote employees
Prevent Employee Time Theft While Working Remotely
May 11, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Many workplaces have switched to working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some for the first time. Working remotely can be difficult for anyone who has never done it. You need a dedica...
Microsoft Excel Pivot Table creation new sheet
Pivot Tables for Quick Paid Time Off (PTO) Summaries and Reports
May 06, 2020 by Nicole Hullihen
So it’s that time again to look at your spreadsheet export you may have pulled from a database or received in an email. Let’s say you ran your weekly export, opened the spreadsheet in Micr...
managing a remote team
How to Manage a High-Performing Remote Team
May 01, 2020 by OnTheClock Team
Is your team gearing up to become more remote? Due to the global outbreak of the covid-19 virus in early 2020, more workers than ever are working remotely. While urgent circumstances may be a less ...
employee engagement time tracking
How to Boost Employee Engagement Using Time Tracking Tools
April 14, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Today more than ever, organizations rely on engaged employees to thrive. It can take significant effort to get employees excited about their work. However, the payoff can be huge. Organizations with...
Irregular scheduling made easy
How to Make an Irregular Schedule Appealing to Employees
April 08, 2020 by OnTheClock Team
Workers who have irregular schedules may work varying day and night shifts. They may have an unpredictable number of hours they work each week; their shifts may change based upon company temporary n...
Transitioning to remote work
OnTheClock Switched to Remote Work in 24 Hours and Wants to Help Your Business Transition
March 26, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
With the Coronavirus COVID-19 sweeping through the United States and having a negative impact on businesses, OnTheClock has switched over to remote working during this pandemic. We took the time to ...
Time clock for staffing and temp companies
Time Tracking Solution For Staffing Companies
March 17, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Staffing and temp agencies face the struggle of not being able to track employee hours worked accurately. With the use of a modern time tracking system, staffing companies can conveniently and prope...
Employee GPS tracking map
How to Introduce Employees to GPS Tracking
February 27, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Employee GPS tracking is known to provide small businesses with many benefits. As a result of GPS tracking, you can expect to understand where your employees are located when they are clocking in an...
Introducing time tracking to employees
How to Introduce Time Tracking to Your Employees
February 19, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
As federal and state working laws are constantly changing, many companies are resorting to time tracking solutions for their employees' hours worked. It can be challenging for employers when introdu...
California overtime law and rules.
2021 California Overtime Law
January 20, 2020 by Tim Glendenning
Understanding which employees are entitled to overtime pay in California is important for a business owner to know. We will cover how to calculate California’s overtime law and which employees...
Digital transformations in the workplace
Understanding and Managing the Risks of Workplace Digital Transformation
December 16, 2019 by OnTheClock Team
Digital transformation is well on its way to changing everything about doing business. It has been slowly recognized as an important enabler for innovations, as it gives businesses unmatched opportu...
improve payroll processes using OnTheClock accountant tools
OnTheClock For Accountants And Payroll Providers
November 02, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
Time Tracking for Accountants & Payroll Providers Free tools designed to improve payroll processes by allowing accountants, bookkeepers and payroll providers access to their clien...
A time tracking solution for Intuit
Intuit Payroll Time Tracking Alternative
October 31, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
With the recent news of Intuit discontinuing their online time tracking services on October 31, 2019, many of their users will be looking for an alternative time tracking tracking service similar to...
management skills to improve leadership
Management Skills - How to Successfully Lead and Manage a Team
September 05, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
Management skills are special abilities that only a few individuals possess and execute properly within an organization or establishment. Managers play an important role in building, maintaining and...
Alternative time clock to Tsheets
An Alternative Time Clock Similar to TSheets
August 29, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
With pricing playing a major factor for a small businesses to be successful, your employee time clock system should not be any different. Why pay more for your time tracking software when you don't ...
Time Management System for Employee Tracking
July 24, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
If you have come across this page then chances are you need to improve time management for your employees. You may be a business owner, manager, team leader or hold another position that is responsi...
timecard page
OnTheClock Is Getting A New Look
June 27, 2019 by Dean Mathews
Over the years we have added many useful features to OnTheClock, now we are improving the look and feel. These changes are similar to a time when you may have updated the look of your home! You m...
keeping track of time cards and payroll records
How Long Should Employers Keep Employees' Time Cards and Payroll Records
June 13, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
It is important for business owners to keep proper documentation of employee time cards and payroll records. In a world where employees come and go or get moved around within a company, tracking emp...
Woman teaching what a salary employee is
What is a Salaried Employee?
April 15, 2019 by OTC Team!
A salaried employee is any employee that receives a predetermined compensation for each pay period.  Many employers choose this method to compensate their staff, but when is it right for you, and...
Finding out the difference between gross pay and net pay
What is the Difference Between Gross Pay and Net Pay
March 18, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
Gross pay and net pay are essential terms for employers and employees to understand for payroll. Gross pay is typically found at the top of a paystub, and net pay is generally located at the bottom ...
10 Effective Ways to Train a New Employee
March 06, 2019 by Christy Hopkins
Training a new employee the right way matters in many more ways than just having them start to be productive. The costs of not training your employees can add up quickly; from poor morale to lack of...
How to Track Time for Exempt vs Non-exempt Employees
February 27, 2019 by OTC Team
 ( Time tracking is important for any business to be successful. It provides important details to ensure you’re compensating employees correctly, billing clients accurately, and hiring or ...
Letting Go - Employee Termination Letter Templates and How-To Guide
February 20, 2019 by 4 Point Consulting
While terminations are unpleasant, they are sometimes inevitable or necessary for the betterment of the company. This article will walk you through how to know when termination is the right option, ...
A Brief History Of The Time Clock
February 18, 2019 by Dean Mathews
Have you ever considered where the employee time clock comes from? Or why we have an eight-hour workday? Or why you still update employee hours in a spreadsheet? The very things we take for granted ...
Top 20 Employee Time Tracking Best Practices
February 13, 2019 by OTC Team
Most employers know why they need to track time (to make money and to pay people!)... but do you know how to make the most out of time tracking? Do you know how to get your employee base to follow y...
Unlimited PTO: The Ultimate Guide
February 06, 2019 by OnTheClock Team
Paid time off, or PTO, can be the biggest headache for a small business owner. Tracking it, coordinating work schedules, and forget it about holiday time. Many business owners are now balking the tr...
Setting up pay periods to mirror pay dates
How to Set Up Pay Periods to Work With Pay Dates
January 30, 2019 by Tim Glendenning
A pay period is a specified date range that an employer uses in the workplace to gauge employee hours worked in order to complete accurate payroll. A pay period can vary from weekly, bi-weekly, mont...
unused paid time off
How To Create A Paid Time Off Policy
December 13, 2018 by The OTC Team!
As your company expands and you add new employees, you may find yourself offering paid time off as a benefit to the people who work for you. Setting up a PTO plan isn’t hard, but it does include...
Do Employers Have to pay Employees if There is bad Weather
November 19, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
You should know your rights and obligations if your company faces inclement weather and causes operations to close for the day. Whether it be flooding, wildfires, natural disasters, snow, rain or ic...
The Michigan Earned Sick Time Law Simplified
November 16, 2018 by The OTC Team
If you are a Michigan employer you should have heard about the new sick time laws passed by the Michigan Legislature on Sept 5. 2018. On this date, Michigan became the 11th state to adopt mandatory ...
Is a 4 Day Workweek More Productive
October 19, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
You are starting to hear about it more and more. Companies shifting towards a four-day working week to improve employee productivity, create a better work-life balance, and reduce stress levels. But...
Why tracking time at work is important
7 Reasons Why You Should Track Time at Work
October 02, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
Whether you are an employee or a business owner, time tracking at work has many benefits. Freelancers can document the duration of time they spend on a project, while employers can track an employee...
Employee Time Tracking For Nonprofits
October 01, 2018 by The OTC Team!
Here at OnTheClock, we operate an employee time clock system and love to give discounts to our nonprofit customers. Not-for-profit organizations such as churches, schools, charities, libraries & f...
Improve Your Productivity to be Better in the Workplace
September 28, 2018 by Laurie Larson
One of the worst feelings is making it to 5 o’clock and not being able to check off as many items on your to-do list as you wanted to. What’s even worse is clocking out of the office on...
Accurate Time Tracking is Vital for a Small Business
September 19, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
If you are a small business owner payroll and tracking employees’ time can be quite the task. You may be spending a lot of time calculating all of your time cards so everyone is paid accuratel...
Employee Engagement Stats New
The 2018 Concise Guide To Employee Engagement Statistics
August 29, 2018 by OTC Team!
As an employer, you should worry about how engaged your employees are. Employee engagement is a good metric for determining such things as how willing your staff are to stick around to help your org...
A time clock for accountants and payroll providers
A Time Clock Software for Accountants to Make Their Lives Easier
August 27, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
You are a busy accountant. You are crunching numbers all day, making phone calls to clients to gather accurate time cards, and the temptation to pull out your hair is becoming more of a reality ever...
old school time clock
What is the Best Time Clock for Small Business
August 12, 2018 by Mark Mathews
A common question that often comes up is "what time clock is best for tracking my employee hours?". Finding the right features in a business time clock can be tricky and time-consuming if you're unsur...
Why it is Important for Nonprofits to Track Their Employees’ Time
August 07, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
Nonprofits are generally ran and operated by great Humanitarians that are looking to make a change in the world. Some of these organizations have employees and do not properly track their time worke...
How to remind employees to clock in and out
How To Get Employees To Remember To Clock In And Out
July 27, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
You can set up an easy and effective employee time clock, but you can’t guarantee that they will remember to clock in every day. The management team has better things to do than stand over you...
Does Multitasking benefit your business?
July 19, 2018 by Edward Wajer
We have all heard it before many times when someone says that they are great at multitasking.  But, are they really?    Human multitasking is a seeming human ability to perform m...
How to Prepare When Starting a New Job
July 16, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
Punching the clock at a new job can cause a lot of different feelings and questions for employees. The first day at your new job is possibly the most important so it is completely normal to have the...
Do I Have to Pay When an Employee Forgets to Clock In?
July 10, 2018 by Dean Mathews
One of the biggest frustrations employers face is getting employees to clock in and clock out at work. This isn’t unique to small companies with new time management policies, either. Large bus...
5 Reasons why Your Small Business Should use Cloud Based HR Software
June 25, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
In a world where technology has given small businesses an advantage to improve their operations, profits, and time tracking, it’s a surprise that many companies are still not using cloud-based...
Time and Clock Humor at
Humor about Time and Clocks
June 21, 2018 by Edward Wajer
We get so busy with our work and personal lives that we get too serious. Sometimes we just need to get a little bit of humor to improve our mood. So is a time clock system so I thought ...
14 Tips For Managing American Millennial Employees
June 20, 2018 by OTC Team!
The term ‘millennials’ was coined by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss to refer to kids born between 1980 and 2000.  If you run a large business, then the chances are high th...
How to Stay Hydrated While On The Clock
June 06, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
With summer in full swing, it is important for employees who punch the clock and work outside to stay hydrated. Not only is it good for your work production, but it is also beneficial to your health...
Employee Time Clock Kiosk for Small Businesses
June 05, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
Let’s face it, you’re a small business owner and you need to start tracking your employees’ time more efficiently, but you are not sure where to start. Maybe you want a modern time...
Why Sleep is Important
May 25, 2018 by Edward Wajer
Most people do not get enough sleep these days. We live in a society that burns the candle at both ends. People stay up long hours to study, work, or to have fun. People sacrifice sleep in order to ...
employee hiring for your business
How to Hire the Right Employee for Your Business
May 15, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
When advertising that your company is hiring a new employee for your small business you may have a lot of questions or concerns. Will my next employee punch the clock on time? How to hire the right ...
Parents That Punch The Clock From Home
May 10, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
Things have changed since the 1950’s where Dads would go off to work and Moms would stay home to care for the kids and the house. In a 2017  Employment Characteristics of Families Summary...
What is Ransomware
April 27, 2018 by Edward Wajer
Information on Ransomware   So what is ransomware? Put simply, Ransomware is the kidnapping of your computer and/or network to demand you pay the cyber-criminal money. Ransomware is a type ...
Seasonal companies time tracking
A Time Clock for Seasonal Companies
April 17, 2018 by Tim Glendenning
A time clock for seasonal businesses is just as important as an employee time clock for non-seasonal companies. On The Clock offers a robust way for seasonal workers to punch in and out, automatical...