Zip Clock vs 7Shifts | Why to Choose Zip Clock over 7Shifts Time Clock App

Zip Clock, like 7Shifts, is a cloud-based business management solution which focuses on managing employee time and attendance, enforcing employee schedules, and optimizing profits while reducing labor costs.

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What Does Zip Clock Offer That 7Shifts Doesn’t?

The ability to track your employees hours and attendance efficiently is a key component to a business’s success. It’s important for a time clock app to offer a varied range of tools so that every scheduling and time tracking need can be met. Zip Clock offers labor compliance functionality, break tracking, and buddy punch prevention. These features are vital in having an effective time and attendance tracking system but they’re either entirely absent or underwhelming in the 7Shifts app.

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"I was so impressed when I first saw Zip Clock that I couldn’t wait to start using it. I’ve never seen a employee scheduling software that is so easy to use and understand. A bit of magic that helps us operate at scale."

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Mobile Time and Attendance Software

One of the crucial aspects of any mobile application is real time notifications. Zip Clock and 7Shifts are both time and attendance software programs, and both of them have mobile apps. Having a mobile time clock app can be very convenient because it’s possible to manage employee time and attendance right from your phone at any time.

Time and attendance software is only useful if it gives users the ability to stay informed at all times. Zip Clock’s mobile app offers real time notifications, which means that crucial time and attendance information is always readily available. 7Shifts, however, does not provide users with real time notifications about labor law compliance. Real time data on labor laws is essential in making sure employees are staying compliant.

Zip Clock’s mobile app provides users with all the tools they need to manage their business. Managers can add punches and manage employee punches, and they can even give employees the ability to clock in by using the mobile app. Clocking in through the app can be restricted by location to ensure that all punches are accurate. 7Shifts does not allow employees to clock in through their app, and managers can’t manage employee punches through the 7Shifts app either.

The visibility provided by the Zip Clock mobile time and attendance app can really be seen in the mobile alerts screen. This screen gives users a quick look at pertinent information. On this screen, any missing employees will be displayed, and clicking into them gives users the ability to call the missing employees. The alerts screen also displays labor percentage, the amount of employees on clock, and the amount of employees on break.

Zip Clock’s mobile app also has a Requests screen which displays any punches that need approval, unbalanced punches, and it also gives managers the ability to suggest an employee to take a break or clock out. The tools and features presented in Zip Clock’s mobile time and attendance software make it a much more robust mobile app compared to 7Shifts.

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"Yes, I use the mobile app, I have it on my phone. We managed to go from having nothing to having a sophisticated system leveraging a platform everyone has already has in their pockets. I got both my restaurants started right away and it didn’t take me very long."

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The Benefits of a Biometric Time Clock

Employee time can be difficult to track when there are so many ways for employees to beat the system and create punches that are inaccurate. By using Zip Clock’s biometric time clock device, it forces employees to clock in through the device, and it prevents issues such as buddy punching, where one employee clocks in for another. Issues like these can pose major financial issues for a business, but luckily Zip Clock eliminates these problems with the use of a biometric time clock.

Biometrics are the most accurate way for an employee to clock in because they can’t be replicated or forged. Through the use of Zip Clock’s biometric time clock, businesses can expect a decrease in overspending when it comes to labor costs, and they’ll also see extremely precise time and attendance records that they can be confident with.

Unlike Zip Clock, the 7Shifts time clock solution is reliant on integration with a POS. They offer 7Punches, which is their time clock application, but it doesn’t address the issues of buddy punching or time theft, and the features offered by 7Shifts are very limited. Without a biometric clock in device, 7Shifts is at a massive disadvantage. Zip Clock’s biometric time clock, however, not only completely gets rid of these issues, but it also has functionality in place that allows employees to hold themselves accountable.

Employees can keep track of their time through the time clock’s dashboard. There are different emoticons that represent alerts related to an employee’s end of shift, overtime violations, break violations, and more. Having a time clock where employees can see all of this information about their shift takes a significant amount of the workload off of managers. With less of a workload, managers are able to focus on other critical areas of operations like improving the customer experience. While employees are able to self-regulate their time, managers will also have full visibility and they’ll easily be able to see if any sort of violation occurs.

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"Our managers needed help with employee scheduling. We were using Excel and emailing the schedule out to our staff. But, when we tried Zip Clock we realized how many hours we had been wasting with the timely task of handling shift changes and other employee requests. Now we schedule employees faster, with more accuracy and more flexibility. The free mobile apps have made our whole team feel more appreciated and more engaged. Our customers are more satisfied than ever before."

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In-Depth Time and Attendance Reporting

Zip Clock’s Employee Performance Report, allows operators to view employee performance over a selected time period in relation to labor laws and schedule violations. With this report, information on which employees are the most efficient is easily accessible. Users can compare actual hours to scheduled hours, and with this insight, they can make any necessary adjustments to improve scheduling.

With the Employee Performance Report, it is easy to see how each location is doing when it comes to labor law compliance and efficient scheduling. As an organization, you can see trends in your operations and increase the accountability of your management team. Management has the visibility to constantly be informed on employee attendance and you’ll be able to tell if they are using this data to successfully make informed decisions.

While 7Shifts offers a Scheduled Hours and Wages Summary and employee timesheets, it can be very difficult and confusing to determine the individual employee performance data you need to stay informed. Zip Clock eliminates the guesswork and presents all reporting information in a way that is easy to understand.

In addition to the Employee Performance Report, Zip Clock offers Punch Management, Employee Violation, Audit Trail, Payroll, Daily Punch, Ignored Punch, Notes and Broadcast, and Employee Acknowledged Punch Reports. All of these tools give you a deep dive into your business’s time and attendance operations. Utilizing these reports and staying informed will significantly reduce labor costs.

Zip Clock’s Payroll Report calculates payroll for every employee and also takes into account labor law breaches. This ensures that only the most accurate information is pushed into your payroll system when exporting or importing the report. If needed, operators are able to go in and verify every punch before finalizing payroll.

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