Zip Clock vs. Planday | Why to Choose Zip Clock over Planday Time Clock App

Zip Clock, like Planday, is a cloud-based business management solution which focuses on employee time clock software and helps to optimize profits while cutting labor costs.

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What Does Zip Clock Offer That Planday Doesn’t?

Managing and tracking the hours employees work can be one of the more burdensome processes for a business’s management team. Employee time clock tools, whether paper, cloud, or web-based, are often far more complex and cumbersome than they need to be. Implementing time clock software can be a painstaking process that requires the extra help of consultants. Adjusting to a new system can be extremely overwhelming and costly since many kinds of employee time clock software come with set-up fees, as seen in the Planday time clock 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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Web-based Time and Attendance Software

While both Zip Clock and Planday do have mobile time clock applications, they are foremost software programs. Time and attendance software is only as useful as it is understandable meaning that accessibility of information is crucial to effective time clock software; as such, the dashboard of time clock software is indicative of its success.

The web dashboard view, as well as the mobile app view, of Zip Clock’s time clock software neatly present meaningful information that allows managers and employees to actively manage their time. In Planday’s employee time clock web dashboard, however, there is no information provided concerning upcoming labor law violations nor is there any real-time information provided stating what employees are clocked in and on the clock. Zip Clock, in contrast to Planday, tracks labor law compliance in real-time and allows users to actively manage their working time.

The increased visibility provided by Zip Clock is best illustrated in the time and attendance software's Shift Management screen and Employee Performance Report.

The Shift Management screen displays all of a business' employees and lists their weekly hours, projected hours, overtime, ACA violations, and phone numbers. Clicking on an employee's name displays their remaining schedule for the week so management can make sure they're not scheduling anyone into overtime. This feature is particularly useful as it provides a consolidated location for all employee data, as opposed to traditional labor management methods.

With the Employee Performance Report, provided by the Zip Clock time and attendance software, management can observe employee performance over a selected time period with respect to labor law and schedule violations while comparing actual versus scheduled hours. To gauge effective scheduling, management can compare actual hours and labor costs against scheduled hours and scheduled costs by day and week, with Zip Schedules, they can see their sites time punches variance to the schedule. Should there be variances to the schedule, which is highly likely, Zip Clock time and attendance software allows for management to edit time punches before finalizing payroll.

In contrast to Zip Clock, which provides extensive reporting options and features, Planday only provides its users with simple reports. In order to obtain more complex and advanced schedule statistics and reporting, Planday users are required to purchase the plus features of the Planday time clock app.

With Zip Clock time and attendance software, finding a replacement for a call-out has become significantly easier. The Zip Clock time clock app notifies management when an employee misses a shift and then finds and rates potential replacement employees. Using the Zip Clock app, management can more quickly fill a shift by being provided with the best available replacement a well as all of that employee’s contact information in one, easy to access location.

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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 Implementing Punch Clock Hardware

To combat common workplace issues and labor costs, Hubworks offers Zip Clock. Our Zip Clock time and attendance software features a biometric time clock, which helps to manage unwanted overtime and buddy punching, as well as a free mobile app.

Despite providing time and attendance software and a time clock app, Planday does not provide their own punch clock hardware with their system. This is a huge disadvantage for Planday, as employee time clock hardware, like Zip Clock’s biometric time clock, helps to prevent common labor costs issues such as buddy punching and time theft.

The Zip Clock biometric time clock is designed to keep companies compliant with labor laws while simultaneously simplifying time and attendance management. With the biometric fingerprint scanner, management never has to worry about buddy punching driving up labor costs.

To remedy the lack of provided hardware, Planday users can set up a computer and have employees clock in via the Planday web application. If a Planday user wanted to use an iPad to have employees clock in and out, it is doable; however, a separate app specifically designed for the punch clock is required for iPad usage. When using Zip Clock time and attendance software, there is only one application that needs to be used for effective labor management.

Due to the lack of accompanying hardware, Planday appears to be primarily looking for clientele who plan on having employees clock in and out through a mobile app, which is a disadvantage for businesses that desire more seemingly traditional methods. With Zip Clock time and attendance software, users can choose to have their employees check in with the Zip Clock time clock app or with the biometric time clock.

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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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The Convenience of a Mobile Time Clock App

Zip Clock employee time clock software also features a free time clock app that can be downloaded on any iOS and Android device. In contrast, to use time and attendance software provided by Planday there is a $500 set-up fee and the Planday time clock app costs $2.00 to $4.00 for each user download, though the app itself is free, depending on the subscription.

The fact that Planday features a pay as you grow cost is somewhat questionable when considering that their time clock software is exceedingly intended for usage on mobile devices. With Zip Clock time and attendance software, there is no set-up fee, even when also using the biometric time clock, and the Zip Clock time clock app is free, which makes it significantly easier to implement than Planday.

The Zip Clock time clock app allows employees to edit their previous punches within the current payroll period, if management chooses to enable this feature. Of course, all edits are subject to manager approval. Before finalizing payroll, management can identify time punch violations to make sure they've factored in the correct amount of extra pay to avoid potential labor lawsuits.

With the Zip Clock app, management can know whether or not employees are being compliant with labor guidelines with one glance at a phone. For example, the Zip Clock time clock app can send employees notifications to remind them of upcoming breaks or other labor violations; this feature makes it so that management does not have to devote time to remind employees of their times and potential violations. Planday is unable to remind employees of potential labor law violations, as its time clock app does not provide real-time functionality. Zip Clock time and attendance software allows businesses to gain visibility that they never had before. For example, the Zip Clock time clock app also allows for management to easily and effectively communicate with their staff members.

Here at Hubworks, we know notifying employees about upcoming events or policy changes can be a hassle. Since informing all team members is not as seamless as it should be with traditional schedule management methods, it results in wasted time for management who wants to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Using Zip Clock’s internal messaging system, Zip Chit Chat, managers can send important messages to the entire team, or a specific group of employees, so they can be instantly informed of store-specific news and events.

The Zip Clock software and time and attendance app help to manage employee time and attendance, enforce employee schedules, generate payroll reports, provide insight in labor law compliance, and more.

Hubworks is the complete business management platform featuring a unique and effective cloud-based suite of apps that help to optimize businesses. With labor management solutions by Hubworks, such as our Zip Clock time and attendance software, businesses can increase sales and profits while lowering labor costs.

If Zip Clock’s ability to optimize profits while cutting labor costs appeals to your business’ bottom line, but you’re not sure about the logistics of implementation of time and attendance software, try out our Zip Clock software free for 14 days. Here at Hubworks we also provide sublime customer service along with our business management software solutions. So, if you should encounter any issues during your trial run or with your implemented software, a Hubworks representative is there to help.

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