One big advantage of activating face recognition attendance system is ‘automation’. All data gets synced back in real-time, churning reports that can go straight into salary calculations and other reporting.
Is that really practical? Can you actually do that without the need for manual overrides and physical syncs? After all, there are so many exceptions – branch wise holidays, employee wise weekly offs and so on.
Well, we worked on all those exceptions and made them a rule within our employee attendance app. You can define all these unique possibilities and automate practically 100%.
Let’s look into top 5 such compliances
Top face attendance automations
Assign weekly off
While most of your employees may have Saturday and Sunday as weekly off, there would be contract workers or shift employees with different week offs. It is particularly true for call centers, plant operations or retail stores.
How would the system know if an employee is absent or just has a weekly off? You get to define it. You can define employee categories (full time, part-time, contract, temporary, factory etc.) and then assign specific weekly offs for them.
Of course, you can do it at an individual level or as a bulk action – either ways weekly offs can be taken care of easily.
Define public holidays
In case of multinational organizations, the geography of the branch office defines the public holidays. For instance, an office in Maharashtra may have a public holiday on Uttaran. However, a branch in Kerela may have a public holiday on Onam instead.
These differences don’t have to be manually entered. Each branch can be defined as a separate site with its own set of public holidays and other rules.
Set workhour calculations
Are your salary calculations dependent on total hours clocked by the employee? There are several ways organizations can calculate it and it is possible to define your own rules.
You can set the system in a way that it uses the ‘First in, Last out’ rule to report total hours clocked. Alternately, the system can calculate the actual time based on every single in and every single out.
Either ways, it is easy to spot outliers who have too many outs or break-time. You can go a step further and define all days with less than 5 hours as part-time.
If you have workers who get daily wages or whose renumeration is calculated ‘per hour’, you might have to pay them overtime for every extra hour. It is a common practice in factories and even BPOs or Government organizations.
Even this can be automated using a simple toggle (on/off) for each of the below pre-defined rules
- Above 9 hours in a day to be auto added as overtime
- Consecutive 7th day of work to be auto added as overtime (public holiday not counted)
- Work hours on public holiday will be added to overtime
- Overtime apply only when OT is more than 30 minutes
- Work hours on weekly off will be added to overtime
If you would like to apply these rules to only a specific set of employees, you can segregate them by categories and tick or untick ‘apply overtime’ on relevant categories.
Would you like to restrict entry to employees who are not wearing mask? Truein face recognition attendance system is geared to identify masks on their faces. It will deny entry in case attendance is marked without it.
There are other Covid compliances also. They can be activated in the form of a quick survey to include questions like – are you experiencing any symptoms, did you travel anywhere etc.
When convenience meets compliance
Truein has always had its ears to the ground. We release a new upgrade almost every month, resulting in over hundred features in the last four years. Objective? Ease the life of our HR colleagues so they can focus on the most crucial tasks.
They are legal mandatories which take days to reconcile and are mostly done manually even today. Is it time to upgrade? A lot of productive manhours are wasted on clerical work which can be easily assigned to AI & automation.
Make your attendance system practically 100% automated to save time and effort, whilst taking care of all compliances.
Face recognition based attendance is the straight off answer to the touchless solution the world is seeking today. Or may it is not as straight. Not all face recognition attendance is made equal. It is important to consider specific use-cases before picking the one that works for you.
Today, we will focus on use-cases for geo-fencing – a powerful feature on Truein’s contactless attendance system.
What is geo-fencing?
With Truein, organizations can allow users to mark attendance from their very own phone. Organization’s ability to limit such attendance to only a specific geography (usually a radius around the office) is called geo-fencing.
Geo-fencing can be activated to ensure that employees don’t queue up in front of the kiosk at the main gates, conveniently use their own phone but do not misuse it while vacationing.
Who is it most relevant for?
Large retail chains can avoid putting a kiosk at every store. Each individual store can geo-fence attendance for their site and employees can mark attendance from their devices. It can result in huge savings while ensuring automation that syncs data back to the head-office in real-time.
In case of outdoor locations, the supervisors need not report to office before going to the site. They can go to their work site directly and mark attendance after reaching that geo-fenced boundary.
It makes sense for even contract workers who keep changing and report to site directly.
Marketing and event agencies
Any organization that employs a large workforce that is on their feet and always on field, would find geo-fencing very useful. The geo-fencing feature can be used to mark radius around the distributor’s office where sales team reports. It can also be used to mark an event location where the marketing team is working.
Any other large organization
In case you have a large employee strength, you can shorten the queue at the main gate by activating user-device based geo-fenced attendance.
What are the key advantages?
We believe that automation of attendance should always be 100%. If you leave scope for manual entries in case of remote sites, on-field force etc., you are increasing chances of proxy and plenty of paperwork.
When data for the entire workforce gets automated – no matter where they are, all of it can feed back into compliance and salary calculations.
The hard part about allowing employees to report directly to remote sites is the ability to track and trust. You can leave all of it behind and embrace progressive HR policies. Geo-fencing is your safety net – an assurance that all will be well even when you adopt laissez-faire policies.
It sure leaves a good impact on employee satisfaction score as well.
When social-distancing is active and you have a large workforce queuing up at the kiosk, you could consider moving to geo-fenced user-device attendance.
People can space out and mark attendance from their desks if they please.
What should you know about geo-fencing on Truein?
Truein has evolved over the last 4 years to include more than hundred features. Geo-fencing is only one of them. Like always we have focused on keeping it simple.
- It can be activated or deactivated by the user at a click of a button
- There is no limit to how many locations can be activated
- It is possible to geo-fence attendance by adding Google location address or latitude/longitude co-ordinates
- It is also possible to define the radius around the marked address.
The bottom line
Face recognition is the buzzword in touchless attendance. However, that is just the beginning. Making it more widespread and employee-friendly is what true evolution would be. Activate geo-fencing and other hundred plus features to suit your specific HR policies.
Face recognition sounds like the technology of the future and it is natural to have inhibitions like – prohibiting costs, a long learning curve and so on. Fortunately, those are just myths. In this article, we address your biggest fear – change management.
Will moving to a new System require new training, complex hardware or large upfront investments? Absolutely not.
Some face recognition system work only with their own accompanying hardware which is not easy to get around. While it was the easiest way to launch Truein, we researched for years to bring you a solution that is totally hardware independent.
Why should you opt for a hardware-independent Attendance System?
There are no entry or exit barriers
The idea is to allow employees to come face-to-face with an app that recognizes them and marks attendance. Truein is that AI-powered employee attendance application which makes it possible. Question is – what do you install the app on? Any smart device that fits your budget. It can be an existing large screen phone or a tablet you already own.
In spite of being so versatile, our hardware-independent system is practically 100% accurate and works better than any complex system.
It works on user mobiles too
If you are not ready to invest in a tablet yet, you can ask employees to mark attendance from their very own phones. Worried they will mark attendance from home, without stepping into the premise? Geo-fence it – Define the geographic boundaries of attendance. Only when they are in that radius, they will be able to do it.
There are no operating system woes
We’ve ensured that our staff attendance system is truly universal. Pick any Android or iOS based mobile or tablet and you are good to go.
It lives on and off internet
Do you want your attendance data to get updated in real-time, showing managers instant reports? You would need Wi-fi or 4G data. If you are in a remote location where connectivity is an issue, Truein will still work just fine. It will operate in offline mode, allowing attendance or visitor management to take place without a glitch. When the internet connection gets restored, the data will get automatically synced.
It is portable
Unlike a hardware-based system which would require a technician to install and uninstall, we have no such hassle. Your office has moved to a new location? Simply take your tablet along and place it at the new entrance.
It is easy to maintain
If the hardware device you install gives you hiccups, you don’t have to fret. Like we mentioned, no technician required. You troubleshoot it like you would troubleshoot any Android or iOS device. And if you still need help, we are always a call away.
Take the first step. We do the rest
The biggest barrier to adopting new technology is ‘apprehension’. Deep down, all of us fear change and the ‘unknown’ complexities it might bring. That leads to procrastination – putting it off to another day.
HR departments put up with tons of manual work, annoying syncs and the woes of traditional attendance systems or visitor management systems because moving to a new solution seems like a mammoth task.
Sometimes it helps to talk to an expert to find out if those fears are grounded in reality or they are just myths.
We have installed Truein at organizations as small as twenty employees and as large as fifty thousand employees. The feedback is unanimous – it takes a day to get started and it is the most intuitive system.
The COVID Pandemic situation made us switch to new normal in many ways and one of them was switching from Biometric attendance system to touchless attendance system. We enquired with many vendors and suppliers for such products and finally we opted for Truein - Touchless Face based attendance system for our Shindewadi plant. The system support. software and product all are inline with our needs and expectations. Thank you Team Truein for the support and expecting similar experience in future
- Sandeep Deo Sr. Manager HR Operations, Godrej Lawkim Motors
Why do we claim one day kick-off?
There are no complex pre-requisites. You start with what you have.
Step 1: Install Truein on any device
Step 2: You bulk upload employee data with a simple excel
Step 3: For attendance, users on-board themselves by clicking their pictures
You are good to go. In case you opt for face recognition visitor management system, you need only Step 1. Of course, our support is around to guide you too.
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India is about to make a staggering lockdown exit with Unlock 1.0, there are few rules that have to be kept in mind for safer work conditions. Offices can be the hotbeds for the growth and spread of viruses in general, infecting many in a short span of time. Social distancing and sanitising are still of utmost importance, even after the exit. Offices are now allowed to reopen from the 8th of June with 10% workforce. Here are two questions, will employees feel safe to use the biometric attendance system? Will the HR administrate be able to register attendance manually all the time?
It is important for you to understand that being prepared and cautious is now a part of your daily routine. As many states - Delhi Government being the first to pass the rule of suspending biometric systems, we bring Truein face attendance and visitor management system.
Truein understands the importance of unaffected productivity and thus it replaces the fingerprint biometric system with face recognition attendance. This keeps your hygiene on fleek and helps in avoiding infection of your employees. It is completely touchless and is now a must in your office.
Features of Truein that will be befitting to your office:
A tablet is placed at reception or mounted at the entrance gate. As a visitor or employee walks towards it, face recognition is auto-triggered and attendance is recorded without any human contact. It is a secure way of recording accurate attendance and can be run on any device without the hassle of additional hardware. It is quick and mobile as it used top-notch technologies like geofencing attendance and face recognition to create real-time reports with its powerful admin dashboard.
A seamless experience for your visitors as well, Truein is truly a masterpiece that your office needs now. Explore many more features that will help you get back to work with better productivity and safety. We’ve got you covered as we approach the Un- Lockdown!