Welcome to our blog. Learn more about timely regulations, laws and policies that affect workforce management in the Americas, along with other helpful information to make your decision-making process easier.

Our Q&A series continues with our Client Support Representatives, Ben Ely & Preston Bagby. How do you know what software system is the best for your company or workforce environment? We’re breaking it down and answering some important questions to help you narrow down the best choice for you.

We receive a lot of questions from potential customers about our products and the industry, so we met with our Eastern US Sales Manager, Lauren Whitmore, to find out what the most frequently asked sales quetions are, and the answers. If you’ve had some questions about Synel and our products, read on, and if we didn’t answer your question, tweet us @synelamericas and we’ll answer it for you!

The number one factor of managing employees remotely is trust. How do you know if they are working on their project or showing up to contractor meetings? Staying in communication is easier than ever with technology. Here at Synel Americas, we’ve made working remote a breeze with our Mobile App for time and attendance, featuring punch zones and geostamps to keep track of your on-the-go employees while they are on-the-clock (we’ll get more into that later!) Here are four easy ways to create and keep trust with remote employees.

Biometrics in the workplace is becoming increasingly more popular, and fingerprint devices are the most common. They are quick and easy to use and provide added security for employers. We sat down with our CEO, Thomas Bednarik, to get some answers on frequently asked questions about biometric fingerprint devices in the workplace.

Time and attendance is constantly changing and evolving, especially when it comes to technology. Another piece we don’t have so much control over are laws and legislation. It’s important to stay in the know with the future of the industry to keep your practices up to date. See the Q&A with a few of the Synel team members to learn more about the future of time & attendance.

Keeping track of attendance, benefit accruals, PTO requests, time sheet submissions, schedule changes, and other labor-related tasks using spreadsheets or paper and other manual methods is extremely time-consuming and labor intensive, not to mention error-prone. Simply put, timekeeping shouldn’t be time-consuming with available technologies and automated systems.

A big reason companies are choosing to move to biometric timekeeping is because it is more accurate and it also eliminates buddy punching, which is typically a big concern for employers. More accurate data gives the employer a higher chance of being compliant with FSLA laws, but biometric data comes with a set of its own privacy laws, which an employer must pay close attention to as well to stay fully compliant.

Biometrics in the workplace is becoming more and more popular, especially to ensure more accurate and compliant time and attendance tracking. If you have been considering adding biometrics to your workplace but not sure which way to go, we’re breaking it down for you, specifically biometric facial recognition devices. See the Q&A with our CEO and industry veteran, Thomas Bednarik, and Chao Ling, our Senior Embedded Software Engineer, to get all the answers on facial recognition devices.

Did you know that many of our most popular time and attendance biometric data collection devices can be used with your existing time and attendance software system? Rather than relying solely on browser-based entry which requires internet and a workstation, adding time clocks can improve compliance in a number of ways.

Gone are the days when a CDROM (or worse, a series of floppy discs) was required to reap the benefits of time and attendance systems. While there are still a handful of scenarios in which on premise installations make sense, the vast majority of companies (of all sizes and types) are now enjoying the paybacks of cloud-based time and attendance and other workforce management systems. Learn how this technology changed the game, and why it makes sense to invest in a cloud-based T&A system.

Learn about DayTrack’s module for labor levels, sub labor levels, and cost centers.

Increasingly, more and more employees are on-the-go while on-the-clock. Regardless of whether these employees are working from home or remotely from a job site, or even their favorite coffee shop, employers can benefit from geostamping or geofencing by creating punch zones for the employee’s mobile attendance.

Synel America’s newest time and attendance option is available in a monthly subscription starting at $1.50/month per employee, no contract, no risk. Also available in licensed and reseller options.

Misclassification is a rampant issue according to the United State’s Department of Labor. Learn how federal and state labor laws protect workers – and when they don’t – as well as why misclassification affects everyone.

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the federal ruling on labor and overtime. Learn about the latest news regarding FLSA updates, and stay informed.

You have an existing program/software for attendance, time tracking and time off requests, and now you have a need to add “universal time clock hardware” for capturing time and attendance data. Learn how our nearly all of our time clock hardware solutions can be customized to meet your team’s needs.

How do you know which type of system your organization needs for its attendance solution? Time tracking and payroll can be greatly improved when the correct system is implemented. Learn how to make the best decision between cloud-based and desktop-based attendance solutions.

How should employees punch in/out and access entryways? Secure and accurate authentication (or verification or validation) is extremely important. Consider the various methods that are available for data collection and select the right one (or combination) for your workplace.

Whether your organization is upgrading its time tracking solution from paper, excel, or an existing biometric device, it’s important to know these 5 essential considerations for time and attendance tracking solutions. 

Regardless of whether the employee is hourly or salary, contracted or tenured, time theft is a big problem costing employers millions of dollars annually. How can you recognize time theft in the workplace, stop it, and prevent it?