October 31, 2019

The Importance of Accurate Timekeeping for Your Business

The Importance of Accurate Timekeeping for Your Business

Accurate and up to date record keeping is one of the most crucial elements of a successful business – no matter what size. Chief among these types of record keeping is timekeeping – keeping track of the hours the members of your team bills to the company, as well as time off for vacations and sick leave.

Why is accurate timekeeping so critical? Here’s a look at some of the problems that can arise if it isn’t accurate: 

Wasted time. If you don’t have a precise record of how much time your workforce is really investing, then there’s no way to judge your return on investment and resulting company profitability. You also prevent yourself from being able to identify processes that are inefficient (for example, accurate timekeeping can help you determine if there’s a particular task that takes your employees a long time to complete on a regular basis, and therefore could benefit from automation, additional training, and so on). 

Wasted money. Small business owners in particular need to spend their money wisely. Even if your timekeeping records are only off by a small amount, the resulting loss in profitability can really mount over time – and you may end up spending even more money trying to correct mistakes. 

Tax compliance issues. As we’ve discussed before, tax compliance is not a nice-to-have. It’s a necessity. Accurate timekeeping ensures accurate tax filing for each of your employees. 

Employee (and employer) quality of life. Your employees want to be compensated appropriately for the time they spend on the job. And you want to make sure that you’re protected against time theft, human errors, and other potentially big problems. By ensuring that both issues are being addressed efficiently and professionally, you make everyone’s work-life a lot more enjoyable.

See the chart below that explains how much "Time Theft" can cost you! 

Contact Atlanta Payroll Services today to learn more about Online Timekeeping, Physical Time clocks (bio-metric, card swipe) - and other timekeeping data collection solutions.

Gregory C Bennett Sr
Greg has been helping small businesses with Payroll, HR and Employee Benefits since 1992, he is a regular contributor to this blog sharing his experience and knowledge with both written and video content.

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