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Wow. Electronic Time Sheets

The D ran a story yesterday that had to leave private-sector business executives laughing:

The payroll office and the campus finance centers are implementing the employee time management system, which transfers all hourly paid campus staff and students to an electronic platform.

Up until recently, as Dartblog described in 2010, many Dartmouth staff members would fill in their timesheets by hand, drop them into campus collection boxes, and the information on those paper sheets would then be transcribed into the College’s accounting software by a team of six diligent data-entry specialists (possibly the most boring job on the planet). Of course, the potential for error was huge, as was the potential for, ahem, inaccuracy on the part of employees who entered their own hours.

In my own business, employees swipe a card through a reader when they arrive at work, and that swipe goes straight into software that calculates their paycheck every two weeks. We’ve been using this method of recording employees’ hours since we opened the doors in 1998. Of course, the technology has been out there for much longer. ADP and Paychex are two of the huge payroll processing companies that do timesheets and produce pay checks for most companies in America.

Addendum: Yale switched to electronic timesheets a decade ago.


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