So you have set up Timesheet Mobile and your employees are starting to punch in/out of the designated work sites but are saying that they are not receiving notification when they enter or leave the geo fence sites? Thousands of our customer's employees rely on the accurate and efficient notifications provided by Punch Prompt but there are some common issues that can cause missing notifications and alerts:
- Make sure Punch Prompt is enabled. The value in Account > Settings > App Settings controls the value set when an employee first registers their phone and the Timesheet Mobile app will sync with the value set in App Settings or for the individual employee if you have this set up for custom settings for each employee.
- Make sure Location Services are enabled and set for the highest accuracy. Every smartphone allows employees to adjust location services for their phone and for each app individually. This is part of the terms for listing an app in the Google Play store and iTunes. Starting with Android app version 23.0 and iPhone app version 11.0 these settings are monitored and can be displayed in case you believe the employee is changing their settings. In order to receive notifications and alerts, location services must be enabled and the phone should be set for the highest accuracy:
- iPhone users should make sure Settings > Privacy > Location Services is ON, that the app location services setting is set to "Always" and that the WiFi radio is ON (no need to connect to a network).
- Android users should make sure Location is set ON and select "High accuracy" mode in Settings > More > Location > Mode.
Checking the items above resolves the vast majority of reported issues with Punch Prompt. Even then, differences between app platforms (Android vs iPhone), smartphone hardware performance, operating system version and even specific location (e.g. one in which GPS satellites are not visible) can have a strong impact on Punch Prompt. No technology is fool proof but Timesheet Mobile takes advantage of everything available to us from the smartphone to provide a system that helps employees learn a new system or keep in compliance once the learning curve has been climbed.
Contact Timesheet Mobile support if you require more detail about the checklist above or further questions about Punch Prompt.