Company owners often want to keep their payrolls on schedule. They may not be able to afford paying out overtime very often and thus want to make sure that employees are clocking in and out on time each day. When they want to assign the task of starting and ending shifts to a piece of equipment rather than to a paid employee, they can achieve this level of proficiency by investing in equipment like signal control time clocks. These clocks alert workers when it is time to start and end their work each shift.
When they invest in one of these clocks, company owners, managers, supervisors, and other work leaders can set it to chime at a certain time. If a shift starts early in the morning, for example, it will chime during that part of the day without fail. Even if the day is a holiday or a time when workers normally get off from work, the clock should work as expected.
It can also be set to make different sounds that will capture the attention of workers. If the workplace is a noisy factory, for example, workers may not hear a quiet buzz or gentle ring. It can be set to sound like a horn that will sound above the noises of the factory. The volume can also be adjusted if very loud noises perhaps are not needed for that particular setting, however.
In addition to signaling worker to clock in, the equipment can also signal the end of the shift. Some people may be prone to working over their allotted schedule and thus overtime. Company owners that want to avoid paying out too much for employee earnings may have policies in place that prohibit people from working overtime. Workers can avoid getting into trouble and costing their employers too much money by hearing a clock that sounds the end of their shift.
Having these duties assigned to a piece of equipment can also free up managers and supervisors for other tasks. Many company owners rely on their managers and supervisors to keep an eye on the crew and make sure productivity remains high. If they must watch a clock all day long, these leaders cannot focus on other tasks. With a clock keeping track of each shift, managers and supervisors can complete paperwork, order inventory, and otherwise make sure that the crew working completes its daily tasks.