TEAM by Workwave

TEAM by workwave is the global workforce management solution purpose-built for Security and facilities management providers. It’s scalable, best-in-class software that provides business-critical information to help you operate efficiently and improve performance, while reducing cost and risk.

TEAM by workwave handles employee and customer information along with time and attendance and schedules. Additional packs can be utilised for employee engagement, finance, recruitment, reporting and service needs as you grow your business.  TEAM by workwave helps companies like yours be more profitable and retain more clients. 

Innovative, versatile and industry-specific, TEAM by workwave adds a competitive edge to your business.

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Two Ways to Prevent Time Theft

Two Ways to Prevent Time Theft

How common is employee time theft? It costs millions every year.

Time theft plagues businesses of every size, in every industry, across the globe. Whether the loss comes by work avoidance or fraudulent time tracking, there are financial repercussions for your business. Chances are, it’s a challenge facing your company, too. After all, sources estimate time theft costs UK employers.

What is time theft? 
Time theft occurs when an employee is paid for time that they’ve not actually worked. This form of fraud can have a negative impact on a company’s productivity and bottom line. 

What does employee time theft look like?
There are five main types of time theft service companies typically experience:

1.) Rounding time worked - This occurs when employees round the clock-out time, usually to the next quarter hour.
2.) Buddy punching - This occurs when one employee clocks in or out for another employee.
3.) Extended breaks -  This occurs when employees take longer breaks than given when not required to clock out.
4.) Socialising - This occurs when employees socialise rather than completing work while on the clock.
5.) Unscheduled stops - This occurs when members of a distributed workforce make unscheduled stops while performing a route.

There are two key ways to prevent and avoid time theft: Implementing the right technology to safeguard timekeeping practices, and implementing the right processes to set your time and attendance protocols up for success.

Technology - Time and attendance solutions should be able to provide status updates and periodic checks. That way, managers can view the real-time status of employee clock ins/outs, lunches and breaks so they know if employees are where they need to be at the right time. Not only does this help prevent time fraud, it also lowers the risk of compliance issues for your company when keeping in line with regulatory requirements.

Other solutions that help decrease time theft include biometric authentication (which lessens the risk of fraud like buddy punching,) voice verification, or geo-location verifications.
Process - Oftentimes, time fraud is not malicious. By setting up clear processes, you can lessen the risk of time fraud by inadvertent or intentional means.

First, set expectations. Create clear-cut policies about time and attendance expectations and communicate them to employees. If you use a self-service portal, have this documentation easily accessible for ongoing reference.

Second, focus on engaging employees (and recognising good work.) Employees who are engaged typically don’t look for ways to avoid work, as they are incentivised through recognition programs to continue to perform highly.

Here are some tips to prevent time theft. 

- Use role permissions. Often, we’ll see companies default to letting all users – at least in the back-office – have the same level of permissions rights in a software solution. Instead, ensure you’re setting up roles with customisable features to allow either read-only, takeaway or additional permissions based on what they need to successfully complete their job. Customise features by roles to allow read-only, additional permissions or take away permissions.
- Set up checks and balances. Especially when dealing with your company’s money, you don’t want a single person to be able to write a check, void a check, or do bank reconciliation with no oversight. Those handling money, receiving money or paying out money don’t have chances to change master file records, potentially taking advantage of your bottom line.Run consistent audits. 

- Run queries and audits frequently to gain visibility into how many timekeeping changes are happening and why. This can help provide insight into who is making changes, why they’re making changes and how often those changes are happening.

- Have processes in place for user security. Some software can be locked down by user or role past extended hours to limit access to personnel outside of regular working hours. This can be especially helpful during the separation process. Third, check on your employees. Similar to how your clients require proof of work, perform regular audits and inspections to ensure work is being completed to scope. If activity isn’t completed, use your software solutions to initiate a check where the team member needs to respond within a certain amount of time. With automated and mobile timekeeping options, you can also lessen the risk of fraudulent labour costs impacting your bottom line.

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