Issue: You're paying for time that employees aren't working because they punch each other's timecards.
Risk: Such "buddy punching" can cost companies thousands in wasted payroll dollars.
Action: Stop such fraud by installing biometric time clocks that scan employees' fingerprints when they clock in and out.
If your hourly employees punch a time clock, they may be having co-worker buddies punch in early or punch out late for them.
Advice: Thwart such "buddy punching" by installing a timekeeping system that requires employees to scan their thumb-print while punching in or out.
So-called biometrics is the science of identifying people by body characteristics. So far, fingerprint recognition is the most popular biometric system. Other systems scan employees' hands, facial patterns, eye shapes or voice patterns. Expect biometrically protected PCs, mobile phones and PDAs to become industry norm in the coming years.
Most biometric time-and-attendance systems work like this: Employee enters an employee ID number, presses a thumb to a small screen, and the system indicates "OK" or something similar.
Costs range from under $400 to $1,500 for basic biometric time clocks. Prices will continue to fall as the technology improves. To learn more and review various biometric products, check out these Web sites: