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Best Time and Attendance Systems 2019

Chad Brooks
January 8, 2019

Time and attendance systems provide all of the tools needed to keep track of when your employees come and go, how many hours they work, their schedules and their time off requests. With so many options to choose from in 2019, we researched more than 80 of the top time and attendance systems to find the ones we think are best. Our top recommendations are below, but if you want to take a step back and learn more about this type of software, visit our guide to choosing a time and attendance system.

Our Best Picks

To help you find the right Time and Attendance Systems, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2019 best picks for Time and Attendance Systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Best for Small Businesses

Cost: $4/mo per employee

Best for Businesses with a Mobile Workforce

Cost: $5/employee + $20/mo base

Best for Very Small Businesses

Cost: $18/mo, up to 9 employees

Best for Larger Employers

TimeClock Plus
Cost: $24-$36/employee, per year

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What to Expect in 2019

Biometrics is already a staple for most time and attendance systems. Many systems offer ways to employees to clock in and out using a fingerprint scan. However, this has caused concern among employees, who are worried about their employers having a copy of the fingerprint. With that in mind, we expect a growing number of employers in 2019 to look for systems with facial recognition biometrics. 

There are some time and attendance systems that currently offer these options. However, as the demand for these services grows, we predict more time and attendance companies to add these tools to their software. In addition to facial recognition, some systems are incorporating the use of iris scanners. 

Whether it's fingerprint scans or facial recognition, more businesses will adopt these tools. In addition to preventing employees from clocking in and out for each other, biometrics can save businesses money. According to Find Biometrics, one nonprofit in South Carolina started using an iris scanner and reported that the system essentially paid for itself within five months because of the money they saved from not having to pay for magnetic swipe ID cards for its staff members and volunteers. 

Another trend that we expect to expand in 2019 is the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in time and attendance systems. This type of technology can provide employers with greater insight into their workforce, in addition to providing employees with quick answers to questions they have about their timecards and other time-related needs.


Best for Small Businesses


Stratustime offers everything small businesses need in a time and attendance system. The cloud-based solution has a comprehensive assortment of time-tracking options, with employees able to clock in and out via traditional time clocks, internet-connected computers, mobile devices and telephones. The system also manages paid time off, generates employee schedules, monitors overtime hours, integrates with a wide range of payroll services and features a variety of mobile options.

We were impressed with the system's easy-to-use online portal, the company's customer service and the system's affordable monthly cost.
Read our full review of stratustime


Best for Businesses with a Mobile Workforce


TSheets allows remote employees to clock in and out with laptop computers, smartphones, telephones, text messages and Twitter. Additionally, the system records not only exactly where workers start and end their shifts, but also their locations throughout the day. The pricing is extremely affordable, and the customer service is among the best we encountered.
Read our full review of TSheets


Best for Very Small Businesses


The uAttend time and attendance system is a good fit for very small businesses because it is cloud-based and requires no special software to install. The system is very flexible, letting employees clock in and out with time clocks, web browsers, mobile devices and telephones. UAttend's time clocks are plug-and-play ready, include lifetime guarantees and are among the cheapest we found.

Besides its ability to record when employees come and go, the system also manages paid time off, tracks how long employees work on specific projects and creates office-wide schedules.
Read our full review of uAttend

TimeClock Plus

Best for Larger Employers


TimeClock Plus is a cloud-based time and attendance system that offers three different service plans, which vary by price and the number of features included. The most comprehensive plan not only includes multiple ways to track when employees come and go but also features a paid time off management component and scheduling tools. Additionally, TimeClock Plus is affordable and easy to use.
Read our full review of TimeClock Plus

Our Methodology

Locating the Best Services

To determine the time and attendance systems we think are best for different types of businesses, we spent dozens of hours researching the top time and attendance system providers. Here is an explanation of our selection process.  

Choosing the Best Services

We ultimately settled on 18 time and attendance systems to consider as best picks. They were: Acrotime from Acroprint, Buddy Punch, Clockspot, ClockVIEW from Acumen, EPAY Systems, Kronos' Workforce Ready, myGeoTracking from Abaqus, NovaTime, stratustime from nettime solutions, TimeAttend from Replicon, TimeClick from Hawkeye Technology, TimeClock Plus, TimeForce from Infinisource, Timesheets.com, TimeStar from Insperity, TSheets, uAttend from Processing Point and Webtimeclock. (See full list of time and attendance systems and their websites below.)

Researching Each Service

Next, we researched each provider by investigating its services, watching tutorials and how-to videos, trying out the system when possible, reading user comments and checking out its Better Business Bureau rating. We also considered pricing. After narrowing down the list to 10 contenders, we contacted each company's customer service department by phone (and live chat if possible) and posed as business owners to gauge the type of support each provider offered.

Analyzing Each Service

In all, we analyzed each service based on the following factors: Cost; Time-tracking capabilities; Time off management; Overtime monitoring; Scheduling tools; Available reports; Ease of use; Customer service; Integration options; Mobile access; Better Business Bureau complaints and rating.

Considering Biometric Time and Attendance Systems

We know that many businesses are looking for biometric time and attendance systems. These systems require employees to use their fingerprints or a facial scan to log into the system. This prevents "buddy punching," which is when employees clock in or out for their late or absent co-workers. Businesses should know, however, that nearly all time and attendance systems, including most of our best picks, offer biometric options. As long as the system you choose works with physical time clocks, it is likely it utilizes biometrics. Nearly all time and attendance system providers that offer physical time clocks have biometric time clocks as an option.

Full List
Best Picks

Full List of Time and Attendance Systems

Here is a full list of time and attendance system providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our picks for best services.


ADP provides customized payroll solutions for businesses of all sizes. It offers multiple options for paying your employees, including electronic pay cards. With this system, you can integrate payroll functions with human resources management, benefits administration, and time and attendance solutions from ADP.

ADP Small Business Time and Attendance

ADP for Small Business Time and Attendance is powerful time tracking software that can help you comply with government regulations. Learn more in our review.

Acumen Data Systems ClockView

Acumen's ClockView is a complete solution that automates employee time and attendance. Users can track employees’ time accurately, across the board, and in real time on any device, including biometric and web-based timeclocks.


BeeBole allows employers to choose how each user should clock in, according to their own projects or business needs. This can be daily, weekly or monthly. For employees on the go, the company’s mobile app works offline on any device. The system integrates with Google Suite.


Boomr is a mobile app-based time and attendance system that is especially useful for businesses with remote employees or multiple business locations. With the app, employees can quickly clock in and out, and receive automatic reminders when it is time to take a break or they are nearing overtime. Employers can create shifts, receive detailed labor reports and track paid time off.

Buddy Punch

Buddy Punch is a powerful time and attendance system that is easy for both employees and administrators to use. The cloud-based system allows employees to clock in and out each day from their own workstation. The system includes a wide range of features, such as paid time off management, job codes and overtime alerts. This system also provides access controls and handles California overtime tracking to ensure accurate payroll.

InfoTronics Attendance on Demand

InfoTronics' Attendance on Demand can be customized to meet your business's needs. It's available as a cloud-hosted or on-premises solution and offers several ways employers and employees can track time, work schedules, and paid time off.


Workforce Ready Time Keeping is part of the Kronos' cloud-based Workforce Ready suite of services. The time and attendance system offers all the features businesses need to manage their employees' time and schedules, such as multiple ways to clock in and out and paid time off management and scheduling. Employees can clock in and out and manage their other time needs from timeclocks, web browsers and mobile apps. The system, which can be used by small- to medium-size businesses in various industries, also tracks time-off accruals, and has a notification system and audit trail that helps you comply with labor laws.


Mitrefinch is a provider of workforce management solutions for organizations with more than 100 employees. Its on-premises and cloud-based systems include HR software that helps manage vacation planning, sick leave and other absences. The system is compatible with any iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile device. The system works with biometric, proximity and web-based clocking terminals.


NOVAtime provides complete time and attendance systems equipped with badge time clocks, biometric time clocks, proximity time clocks and web-based kiosk devices. It's also capable of integrating with many human resource or payroll applications.


OnTheClock.com is a web-based time and attendance system that hosts a virtual time clock online rather than on your own server. Both the employee and administrative portals are easy to navigate with most of the functions and tools businesses need in a time and attendance system.

Pyramid Time Systems

Pyramid Time Systems offers a variety of time tracking solutions for businesses, including manual punch clocks, software-based time clocks and synchronized clocks.

Redcort Software Virtual TimeClock

Redcort Software's Virtual TimeClock is time tracking software that can be used by small and large businesses using either Macs or PCs. Instead of subscribing to a cloud-based service on a monthly basis, you purchase a license for the software and then host it on your own computer.

Replicon TimeAttend

Replicon's TimeAttend helps you track employees' time, including hourly, salaried and contract workers.


ShopClock is an easy-to-use time-keeping system with a comprehensive set of features. This well-organized software is very easy for both employees and administrators to use.

Sundial Timekeeping

Sundial is a popular time clock software with a comprehensive and powerful tool set for web-based tracking employee time. It includes many robust features that several other time card solutions lack, such as the ability to track shift differentials and a shift scheduler.


Capture accurate employee clock in and clock out details using biometrics or cards and regularize attendance. Data can be easily viewed, downloaded, or exported. SutiSoft's HR system also allows employers to keep track of employee time off and implement leave policies.

Time Clock MTS

Time Clock MTS is a high-performing time clock program with many helpful tools and features.


TimeCamp tracks attendance and monitors productivity. With this software, managers can quickly see how many paid hours employees have logged each day and get a breakdown of the projects their staff are working on. The software also includes the ability to track billable hours, online invoicing and review how much time is wasted each day. TimeCamp offers a wide range of integrations.

TimeCard Manager

TimeCard Manager by EconSoft has many time-tracking features in its time card system, including automatic accrual calculations.


TimeClick by Hawkeye Technology is a comprehensive time clock software app that can provide custom features for your business. It includes powerful tools for tracking time cards, creating schedules and creating payroll.

TimePilot PC

TimePilot PC is designed easy to use for employees, making it a good choice for time card software.

iSolved Time

iSolved Time manages your employees' time and integrates with different types of time clocks, including badge, biometric and rugged models. This rules-driven system works for all employee types, including hourly, exempt salaried and non-exempt salaried. You can set tracking rules, exceptions, minimum and maximum hours, and other useful parameters to ensure accuracy and efficiency when processing your payroll.


AMG Employee Management Inc. is a supplier of time attendance software, products and services. AMG's web-based solution allows you to select multiple types of pay periods and overtime calculations, and assign multiple shifts. You also have the option to add employee logins, time restrictions, bell schedules and benefit accruals. The system is compatible with a variety of AMG real-time biometric attendance terminals. Every plan comes with the ability to track an unlimited number of groups, locations, separate jobs, unique shifts and differentiated pay policies.


Acculor is a live, phone-based employee absence tracking system. Acculor's live operators answer calls from employees and enter attendance information into a database for accurate tracking. Supervisors and others needing immediate notification are sent instant messages about employee attendance via a variety of devices, such as text messages, pagers, cellular phones and PDAs. In addition, fax, email and online reports are also available.


Acroprint's AcroTime is a web-based system offered in both standard and platinum versions, neither of which requires the installation of special software. With the system, employees can clock in and out via computers, biometric time clocks and badge terminals. Features exclusive to the platinum version include the ability to track accruals and a system to schedule time-off requests. In addition to the time and attendance system, AcroTime offers payroll, HR management, scheduling and marketplace solutions.

All Hours

All Hours is a cloud-based employee time and attendance system. Workers can quickly clock in or out using a variety of options, from standard wall-mounted time clocks to mobile apps. All data is tagged with geolocation and sent to All Hours' secure web application. The system offers a variety of features, including time-off requests and approvals, real-time presence information, attendance calculation rules and easy-to-understand reports.


AsureForce is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to clock in and out via Web browsers and mobile devices. The system features a "GeoPunch" option that lets remote workers manage their time and attendance from anywhere, an employee scheduling tool and a host of valuable reports. Employers can also use the AirClock biometric facial recognition time clock, which takes a photo of each employee when the clock in and out to eliminate buddy punching.

Attendance on Demand

Attendance on Demand is a rapidly deployed, cloud-based solution that offers a number of features for securely managing labor data. The system calculates pay rules, and offers tools for scheduling employees, budgeting labor and automating recordkeeping for labor law compliance and reporting for the Affordable Care Act

Ban-Koe vIDix LABOR

Ban-Koe's time and attendance system, vlDix LABOR provides the tools and information necessary to proactively manage a workforce, better monitor labor costs and improve productivity. vIDix LABOR provides a complete audit trail tracking changes and adjustments to an employee’s record. Ban-Koe also offers human resources, access control, visitor information, scheduling and credentialing services.


Bartronics Time and Attendance System reads information collected from data-collection terminals and converts it into a database format for the generation of employee reports. It keeps track of employees' real-time data, like entry time, exit time, break time, department, category, shift schedule, leaves, tours, on-duty times and overtime. The system features paid-time-off management and automated email generation and reporting.


Celayix Software offers a time and attendance system that enables employees to clock in and out via the telephone, web, smartphone or time clock. The system allows businesses to monitor employee activity, such as early or late clock-in/out, as well as missed shifts. In addition, it can perform virtual safety check; confirm employees' geo-location; pay correct employee overtime, vacation, and statutory holiday wages in accordance with labor laws; and raise attendance visibility through real-time monitoring and reports.

ClockIn Portal

ClockIn Portal is a cloud-based time-tacking solution. With the system, you can clock securely in and out from the login page, clock for unpaid lunches, write shift comments and report miles driven for reimbursement. To prevent employees from clocking in and out from home or their phones, employers can optionally force workers to clock in from a predetermined whitelist of computers or networks. Businesses that use Google Apps can import users into ClockIn Portal using a Google Apps administrator account. The system also integrates with Microsoft Outlook.


Clockspot is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to punch in via an online time clock or from a phone by dialing a toll-free number. The system tracks IP addresses and caller ID, so it knows exactly where employees are clocking in and out from. Employers can log in to the system from any web browser to review employee time sheets and make any necessary adjustments. With Clockspot, you can also track earnings, deductions, and reimbursements; manage overtime; and run payroll reports.


GHG Corp.'s Clockwise is a web-based employee time-sheet-management tool that automates time collection, leave management and approval processes. The system provides online time sheet reporting, online pay stubs, a seamless interface to accounting systems and ad-hoc data analysis. The system also features a mobile app for both iPhones and Android devices.

Datamatics Management Services

Datamatics Management Services offers several different time and attendance solutions. Timesheets Plus is a web-based system that includes employee and manager self-service workflows, configurable business logic, mass edit capabilities, multi-level security and multiple data collection options. The TC-1 is an on-premises enterprise system that operates on the Windows platform. Features of the system include attendance tracking, absence management, job payroll preparation, reporting, access control, time entry device integrations, IVR, data exchange and a PC time clock.


Deputy's time and attendance system allows employees to start and end shifts using an iPad kiosk, mobile app, web app, Apple Watch or SMS. With the system, businesses can generate invoices based on hours worked per customer, task or activity straight into your accounting software. Employers can use the system's mobile geolocation capability or the face detection tool to ensure employees are where they should be, every shift.

EPAY Systems

EPAY Systems is a cloud-based time and labor management systems provider for employers with an hourly, decentralized workforce. Its time-tracking solutions are developed for the hard-to-track workforce. The company's time-collection devices – biometric time clocks, phone, web and mobile app – can be mixed and matched according to the needs of your business. The system's automated time sheets seamlessly integrate with payroll and ERP systems.

Easy Clocking

Easy Clocking is a web-based time and attendance system that offers employees the opportunity to clock in and out via time clocks, fingerprint scanners and computers. Each of the time clock options works in conjunction with the Easy Clocking time and attendance software. The software automatically calculates total hours worked, including overtime, vacation, sick days and holidays. The software is also designed to help reduce employee time theft by applying rounding rules, restricting schedules and eliminating the ability for co-workers to clock in for other employees. Additionally, the Easy Clocking time and attendance system is built to automate the payroll process by allowing management to transfer time data to all payroll providers.


EmCentrix's HRMS offers extensive attendance and time tracking functionality, including online time clocks and time sheets. The system can collect time information in a number of ways, including online time clocks, physical time clocks or manual time sheets. With the online time clock, punches can be uploaded to the system as they occur, populating time sheets and other related reports such as employee schedules instantly. Employees can access their time information through their own employee home page, and can review their punches and notify employers and managers of any changes.


Emplotime is a time and attendance system that works via a virtual clock. Employees just click on the virtual clock to register when they arrive and leave. From the administrator portal, you can set any device to be the company time clock. Emplotime can be used on any device, including PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Features of the system include buddy-punch lockouts, geotracking, overtime monitoring and the ability to export reports to all main formats, such as PDF, Word and Excel.


ExakTime is a web-based time and attendance system that offers several ways for employees to clock in and out: a time clock app, wireless time clock for outdoor job sites and the web. The clocks and app send GPS time stamps and site updates to the software in the cloud for secure access on any computer system or browser-based device. It allows for the ability to manage a workforce in real time, from anywhere. The time clock software provides default access levels that can be modified or completely customized for workers and supervisors.


FingerCheck is designed for small to medium-size businesses in need of a streamlined time-tracking solution. The time clock application incudes advanced features that allow employers to manage their workforces. Administrators can generate reports to analyze customizable pockets of data, set up daily alerts to be notified of employee punch activity in real time and reference an audit trail to view any changes made to the system. Additionally, employers can arrange for employees to log in and access the software so they can oversee their own hours, make time-off requests and check their schedules.

Hillman Time Systems

Hillman Time Systems provides integrated hardware and software solutions for time and attendance and labor distribution to the payroll provider of your choice. The company's time and attendance software, called timetrak, automates employee scheduling, time clock data collection, daily exceptions, payable hours, review, editing and approval processes. The software works with a variety of time clocks, including those that work with swipe cards and biometrics. The system also offers web-based and mobile time clocks.


Homebase is a cloud-based time and attendance system that allows employees to clock in and out via any web browser, tablet or mobile phone. The system uses GPS to track where remote workers are starting and ending their shifts and can take pictures of those clocking in and out for verification purposes. The system can prevent early clock-ins and send notifications if someone hits overtime or doesn’t show up for work. Homebase also provides a sophisticated scheduling tool. For employees, the system allows them to check their schedule, trade shifts, message their team, request time off and estimate their pay from their mobile devices.


Humanity is a flexible workforce-management platform and human resources tool. The system's time clock tool features late and absent notifications, remote clock in for external staff and facial recognition. The Leave tool allows businesses to customize leave categories, automate request policies and integrate with the calendar app.

LightWork Time

LightWork Time is a time and attendance program designed for companies with single or multiple locations and easily accommodates remote employees. Both managers and employees can input employee time at intervals specified by your company. Time can be entered via desktop punch, kiosk punch or biometric/swipe time clock.

McKesson Time and Attendance

McKesson Time and Attendance is designed exclusively for the health care industry. The system ensures compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, resident 80-hour work week and other labor statutes. It provides automatic attendance point-tracking and absence monitoring and integrates with ANSOS One Staff. The system allows workers to clock in and out via the web or biometric time clock.


Nortek's Workforce is a cloud-based time and attendance system that includes time tracking, scheduling options and leave-management functionality. The system tracks time in and time out by web-based, card-based or bio-clocking devices. Clock punches record the day, time and time zone, and are automatically mapped onto an employee's time sheet to cut down on data entry. Businesses can also define and automate attendance policies and time-off accrual rules based on the companies' own policies. The software gives businesses better insight into labor costs with real-time analytics and integrates with most payroll providers.

On-Time Web

On-Time Web is an online time sheet and mobile time-tracking solution. Employees using On-Time Web have multiple ways of entering time. They can use the web time sheet in any modern browser, a web time clock or the Android time clock app. Features include an in/out board, work-schedule creators, paid-time-off management and the ability to create a variety of custom reports. The system is run completely online and doesn't require the purchase of any additional software. Training and unlimited support is included in the cost of the system.

Open Time Clock

Open Time Clock is a secure, web-based time clock system for any size business. It was designed for business owners, bookkeepers and payroll professionals to track employee time, absence and schedule. There is a permanent free plan offered that includes service for an unlimited number of managers and employees. Open Time Clock lets employees clock in or out from any computer or mobile device


Parim is workforce management software that includes a time and attendance feature. The system allows employees to clock in and out via computers, tablets and mobile devices. Parim's mobile app, for iPhone and Android devices, records a GPS location of where workers start and end their shifts. The system also features a drag and drop scheduling tool and keeps track of paid time off. Additionally, Parim offers human resources and payroll components.

PayClock Online

Lathem's PayClock Online is a cloud-based employee time and attendance system. It allows businesses to capture, edit and integrate their time-and-attendance data into a variety of payroll systems, including ADP, QuickBooks and Paychex. Employees have the option to clock in and out in the office using Lathem time clocks or to record punches remotely on mobile devices. PayClock Online calculates worked time, including overtime premiums and shift differentials, and offers multiple-location support with one database and unlimited users.


PrimePay's time and attendance solutions make it easy to track workforce allocation, attendance and productivity. The company offers online, desktop-based and server-based services. The software works with badge time clocks, biometric time clocks, web clocks and telephones. In addition to its time and attendance systems, the company offers payroll solutions, human resources and compliance services, insurance and benefits administration and credit card processing.


Reflexis provides full-featured time entry, labor tracking and time-costing functionality. Reflexis Time and Attendance provides a wide range of features for managers and employees to track labor and stay in compliance with laws and rules. It supports multiple time clock options, including clocks with fingerprint biometrics. The system also features a mobile app that's available on Android and iOS platforms and devices that support HTML 5.

Sierra Workforce Solutions

Sierra Workforce Solutions offers on-premises and cloud-hosted time and attendance systems. The system allows employees to punch in and out via simple time clocks, sophisticated biometric devices, web-based options and a mobile application. The system integrates with virtually all popular accounting and human resources management software products. In most cases, this is accomplished via a bi-directional programming interface that eliminates export and import files.


SmartLinx Time and Attendance solutions enable employers to enforce and record rules for punching in by location, position, shift, scheduled time and certifications. Overtime is recorded through monitoring of arrivals, departures and proper shift changes, and through proactive notifications. Employers can adjust schedules to actual worked time, whether from SmartLinx time clocks or mobile punches, completely integrated with the WorkLinx product suite and automated to ensure the schedule accurately reflects the time worked. The platform also prevents buddy punching and other time theft.


Synel's time and attendance systems are available for complex, multilocation enterprises as well as for single-building facilities and organizations with a few employees to thousands. Synel's time clock app is designed to serve as a reporting tool for field workers moving between sites. Reporting is performed via smartphone or tablet and interfaces directly and fully to the system.


Synerion is a time and attendance system that uses electronic tags, barcode badges, magnetic stripe cards, biometrics or touch screen inputs in place of paper cards to track working hours. Synerion also offers workforce management, labor costing, staff scheduling and absence management software.


TIMECO offers time and attendance solutions for workforce management and data collection, which include time and attendance, distribution of labor tracking, scheduling, employee self-service, timesheets, and seamless integration with any ERP or HR/payroll system. Features of the system include a dashboard view, benefit accruals, exception tracking, leave requests, clock integration, email alerts and export capabilities.

Time Doctor

Time Doctor is a system that satisfies the time and attendance needs of individuals and teams irrespective of whether they are working on a PC, laptop or mobile device. Besides tracking when employees start and end their day, it also tracks the time taken to complete each task and the websites and apps each employee accesses. In addition, it takes occasional screenshots. If the software recognizes a period of inactivity, it automatically puts the user on break. Time Doctor generates detailed reports that can be viewed by managers and clients. It can integrate with 32 other apps to provide extended functionality.

Time Management Systems

Time Management Systems' Time and Attendance offers a number of unique modules that can be configured to suit each business's specific needs. There is an employee self service module that provides staff members with access to their time and attendance information; a real-time dashboard that highlights important information; drill-down summaries that provide summary information for a workgroup or an individual employee, including personal information, worked hours, and exceptions; a scheduling tool; and instant time cards that automatically recalculate so totals, summaries, and employee data are always accurate. The system also manages paid time off and offers more than 50 standard real-time workforce management reports.


TimeIPS is a comprehensive computerized time and attendance system that includes software and optional hardware that work together to track and report on labor, jobs, projects, benefits and schedules. TimeIPS can be run on a business's server or hosted in the cloud. Employees can clock in and out via TimeIPS' Network Clock, which provides immediate visual feedback on employee hours worked and available non-overtime hours remaining. Employees can also use a telephone system, as well as their computers or mobile devices, to clock in and out. Additional features include the ability to calculate overtime and track sick and vacation days.


TimeStation is a time and attendance system that's quick to set up and easy to use. It runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that have front-facing cameras. Using the Fast-Scan technology, employees can punch in and out in less than a second, and because TimeStation runs in the cloud, there are no software programs or servers to maintain. Managers can see who's in, and run time and attendance reports anytime, anywhere. With the self-service portal, employees can review their activity, clock in and out, run reports, and create or edit time entries. Managers have full control over which functionality each employee has access to.


TimeTrak offers several time and attendance system options, including a software-as-a-service solution that captures and calculates employee time, eliminates paper time sheets and time cards, and alerts employers when employees are tardy or absent. With the system, employees can clock in and out via their computers, while supervisors can manage time off to ensure vacation days or sick time aren't taken when not available.


TimeTrex's time and attendance module tracks and monitors employee attendance in real time, from anywhere. The system offers a variety of ways to track employee attendance: time clocks, web browsers, smartphones and telephones. With the system, businesses can set up an unlimited number of accruals to automatically track employee vacations, sick days or banked time. Employees can also see their own accrual balances. Managers can remotely monitor and get up-to-the-second reports regarding employee time and attendance, from anywhere, at any time.

Timesheet Mobile

Timesheet Mobile is a GPS-enabled time, attendance and scheduling solution designed to track mobile employees. The Timesheet Mobile app accurately monitors your on the clock employees, issues alerts and creates a record of their departure times on the server. Email notifications can then be issued to the appropriate manager. iPhone and Android users have access to the system's Punch Prompt alerts via the timesheet app, reminding them to clock in and out upon entering or leaving a geofenced jobsite. To ensure hassle-free payroll, managers and bookkeepers can run online timesheet reports from any browser, track regular and overtime hours in real time, and seamlessly integrate with both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.


Timesheets.com is a provider of web-based employee time sheets for small businesses with up to 500 employees. The system's user interface allows employees to punch in and out with just one click. Employees can also categorize their time stamps, leave work notes and request time-stamp adjustments. The system gives managers real-time data on who's clocked in, who is approaching overtime and who is tardy. In addition, geolocation-tracking records the location of employees who work out in the field, and the photo time-stamp tool saves a picture of the employee with every clock punch. The system also manages paid time off and mileage and expense information.


TrackSmart's online time and attendance system allows employees to punch in and out using any web-connected computer or smart device. No equipment or ID cards are needed. The scheduling feature offers employees the opportunity to see which hours they work, swap shifts and request time off from a web-connected computer or smart device. The attendance portion of the system helps manage time-off requests, approves timesheets, runs detailed reports and more.


VeriClock is a cloud-based employee time tracking system. With the system, employees can clock in and out via telephone, smart phone or web. Managers can view, verify and report on employee hours in real time. Email notification alerts for all clock in and out activity can be set up for one, some or all employees. In addition, alerts can be set up to detect the most common types of errors employees make – forgetting to clock in at the beginning of the day, or forgetting to clock out at the end. The TimeGuard feature detects if an employee is clocked into the system when they aren't supposed to be and will auto-clock them out. Supervisors are notified of the error by email.

Wasp Barcode Technologies

Wasp Barcode Technologies is an automated time clock software and system provider. The company offers biometric, RFID, HID and bar code time clocks. The on-premises software is available in three separate plans: Standard, Professional and Enterprise. The software allows businesses to track absences and late-arriving employees, send payroll directly to QuickBooks and run a variety of management and payroll reports.

When I Work

When I Work is a cloud-based time and attendance system that has both time-tracking and scheduling features. Use a desktop, laptop or tablet as a fixed clock-in terminal, or give employees the option to clock in from their iPhones or Android phones. Attendance alerts remind managers and employees when they forget to clock in or out, while overtime alerts help manage labor costs. The scheduler tool allows you to view the entire week's schedule and move shifts easily from person to person or day to day.

WorkForce Time and Attendance

Designed to meet the needs of large and growing organizations, WorkForce Time and Attendance is an enterprise-grade, cloud-based solution that captures time and attendance and labor data, and automates complex pay rules. In addition, WorkForce offers employee-scheduling software, absence- and leave-management systems and optimization services.

Ximble Time Clock

Ximble Time Clock from Nimble Software Systems is a time and attendance solution that allows employees to clock in and out using PIN codes or QR code scanning. It also features a photoClock feature to verify employee identity when checking in. The system also includes fully customizable scheduling software, a manger dashboard, timesheet software, geo-fencing, PTO tracking, and integration with existing HR, point-of-sale and payroll software.


mJobTime is a mobile time and attendance system designed specifically for construction companies. The system is available as a web-based or on-premises solution. The web edition can capture clock ins and outs in real time or after the fact. In addition, it allows foremen to review, edit, distribute, and approve time in the field; track production units, per diem, and other expenses; and document jobsite events with field notes and pictures. The on-premises system runs on Windows devices. Both systems offer a variety of modules. The labor module lets you track labor hours by job, phase, cost code, pay code; the GPS manager tracks GPS coordinates of employees at clock in and out; and the budget manager tracks actual hours or units by job and cost code versus budget.


The myGeoTracking platform enables solutions across a wide range of industries, from mobile field-force companies to trade services companies, emergency responders and freight-brokering companies seeking driver and load-management solutions and USPS contract support – without any impact on their devices, service plans or cellphone costs. Businesses can use myGeoTracking to track billable hours using electronic time sheet software. The "Zero Touch" GPS Time Clocking App automatically detects in/out from job sites using geofencing. MyGeoTracking also provides always-on attendance monitoring in addition to automatic clock-in and clock-out capability. The system works on all phones with or without an app.


timeQplus offers a wide choice of data-input methods, including basic PC-punching, as well as badge or biometric terminals. You can even mix and match different data-collection methods on the same system. Employees can record their time using work codes for job-costing purposes, while employers can limit access to data by assigning permission levels. Supervisors can edit and approve time sheets and print reports for their assigned employees, while employees can view and print their own time sheets.


WorkPuls is an employee monitoring software with time and attendance capabilities as well. Features include the ability to track all apps and websites used by employees and a screenshot tool that randomly takes screenshots of what employees are doing every hour.

Zeus Time & Attendance

A time and attendance system from ISGUS that integrates with many payroll and HR management systems.


Stratustime is the best overall time and attendance system for businesses because of its advanced features, great support and modest price.


TSheets is the best time and attendance system for businesses with on-the-go employees because it supports many mobile time-tracking options.


uAttend is the best time and attendance system for very small offices because it offers ample features and good support at a low price.


We recommend Insperity as the best PEO for small businesses. Its flexible service options and robust training resources set it apart from its competitors.

TimeClock Plus

TimeClock Plus is the best time-tracking system for large employers because it offers a wide variety of hosting and service plan options.

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Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.