One of the biggest concerns employees have when they learn their employer is moving to mobile time-keeping is the issue of privacy. We understand this concern so we have outlined a few facts to help make this transition more comfortable.
You are not being tracked. Ever. The TSM app is not a tracking device that shows you moving about on a map, whether you are punched in or out. The only time your location is recorded is the moment you hit “punch in”, “punch out”, “checkpoint” or “switch”. Other than that, your employer only knows where you are if you the perimeter of an area they have defined as a job site. This perimeter area is being monitored but if you do leave the job site perimeter, your employer doesn’t know where you have gone. They only know you have left it. You can think of it as having a security guard at the gate. He will report you have left. He will ask you if you want to sign out. But he has no idea where you go beyond that point. You can read more here: https://www.timesheetmobile.com/employee-tracking-compliance-vs-privacy/
Time-keeping is not a trust issue. Employers need a way to keep a record of employee time. Everyone wants to get paid for the correct number of hours they have worked. Sometimes the method of time-keeping has to change to ensure fairness and accuracy across the board. Your employer has chosen this method because they have tested the system and determined it to meet everyone’s needs better than the alternative. The good news for you is that TSM empowers you to be in control of your own time card. You are able to verify its accuracy and to resolve any discrepancies or issues before they show up on your paycheck. This keeps you satisfied and reduces administrative time and cost.
We do not monitor your activity on your phone or collect any data from it. Your privacy is one of our primary concerns. Under no circumstances will we ever track your search history, view your communications, store your personal information, or in any way at all violate your privacy. The TSM app does not know if you send a text message, log into Facebook, check your bank account, make an online purchase, surf the web or play a game. It also does not care. The TSM app is only capable of time and location stamping. It is a tool to track time and verify location when you take a work related action.
The app does not use a lot of data. The employee tracking app only uses about 50KB of data during each Punch. If you punch in and out two times a day (60 times a month), you will have only used 3Mb of your data plan. If you also punch in and out for lunch each day, then you still will only have used about 6Mb of data each month.
The app does not drain your phone’s battery. The app uses very little power. Unlike many other apps, Timesheet Mobile’s geo-fencing technology monitors in the background but does not continuously send and receive data so there is no continuous drain. A quick check of your battery performance will show that the app typically uses less battery than your email, Facebook or other popular apps.
Getting started is easy. Download the Timesheet Mobile app. From the invitation email sent by your employer (or if you don’t have an email address, have your employer provide you with), find your company server name and your employee number. Enter that information, along with your cell phone number into the registration form. You will receive a numeric code via text message. Enter that code into the app and then you will be able to start punching in and out. You can find step by step directions and more information about the app here: https://www.timesheetmobile.com/time-tracking-app-android/