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On February 24th, 2023

3 Ways to Use Access Control and Improve Attendance Tracking


Access control systems can often function as much more than an extra layer of security for companies. They’re also a useful tool for tracking employee attendance, which has a slew of benefits too!

Common Types of Access Control

Overall, the specific access control system that a company should choose will depend on the level of security needed, the size and complexity of the facility, and the budget available for the system. There are solutions for all types of specific needs and requirements, including:

1. Card swipes or badge scans

One of the most common and useful tools is a quick card swipe. Each employee will be assigned their own identifier, and they’ll swipe their access card or scan that badge when entering or leaving the office. The access control system can also track the time and location of each swipe or scan, which can then be used to generate attendance reports.

2. Biometric authentication

Companies can use biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, or iris scanning to track and restrict employee building access. This can be more secure than employee cards or badges since it's harder for employees to clock in for each other. That’s why it’s a popular choice for organizations dealing with particularly sensitive information.

3. Keypad access control systems

These solutions require employees to enter a code on a keypad to gain access to restricted areas. This type of access control system is more affordable than card-based or biometric systems, but it can be less secure since employees may share codes with others.

Integrating Access Control and Employee Attendance

Whether you’re looking to monitor building access at each entrance or exit, or just movement throughout the building inside, integrating your access control solution with attendance tracking can really help companies make the most of their technology.

For example, integrated systems can save time and reduce errors since the attendance data is automatically synced between access control timestamps. This is especially critical for employees paid at an hourly rate. What if they forget to “clock-in” at the start of their shift? Having a reliable account of when they first came onsite can help ensure that they’ll be appropriately compensated for their hard work by providing accurate and reliable attendance data for payroll processing, leave management, and other HR tasks.

What’s more, attendance tracking can help companies identify and address attendance issues that can affect productivity. Tracking attendance makes it easier to address chronic absenteeism, tardiness, and other attendance issues that can affect the quality and quantity of work produced by employees. At the same time, you’ll be able to identify employees who consistently demonstrate good attendance and recognize them for their dedication and hard work. This can improve employee engagement and motivation, which can have a positive impact on overall performance and productivity.

Accurate attendance tracking also works to ensure that companies are complying with labor laws related to overtime, minimum wage, and working hours. By keeping track of employee attendance, companies can ensure that they are not violating labor laws that could result in legal action and financial penalties. Ultimately, integrated solutions help everyone!

Ready for a Better Setup?

By investing in attendance tracking systems and processes, companies can ensure that they have accurate and reliable attendance data that can be used to improve their operations and achieve their business objectives.

At Enhanced Telecommunications and Data, we’re here to give organizations the best solutions they need to stay efficient. We can upgrade your access control solutions and consult with you on new options for your tech integrations. Let’s start the conversations! Please send us a message to learn more!

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