A common question I get asked is “How do I track paid breaks for my employees?”. I’ve never really had a good answer to this question until earlier this week in a flash of inspiration (yes I do have them very occasionally) I realized that anyone could easily make use of the Time Clock MTS Job Tracking features to easily track paid breaks. Here’s how I’d set it up:
- Go to the Job Tracking screen and define a job for each paid break type that you want to track. This might be ‘lunch break’ or ‘coffee break’ or whatever suits your needs.
- Go to the Employee Information screen and set the Job Tracking setting for each employee to “Optional”. When this is set, employees will be shown the “Enter Job Code” screen when they clock in or out but they won’t actually have to enter a code.
- When employees come to work, just have them clock in as normal without entering a job code. When they take a paid break, have them clock out and switch jobs to one of your paid break codes which you defined in step 1 above. When they return from a paid break, have them switch jobs again but not enter a job code (they are back on normal time).
- You can then use Job Time Report to monitor how much time your employees are spending on their paid breaks and ensure there is no time clock fraud occurring.
I hope you find that little tip helpful, it will certainly give employers much tighter monitoring on what their employees are up to with almost no extra administrative overhead being added to the business!