Nowadays most of the employers are using electronic systems for security, tracking, time recording including timesheets and payroll etc. along with access control. This involves all staff registering their personal biometric information with the employer to get paid, or to visit the workplace. Personal biometric information comprises of fingerprints, palm prints, facial recognition and voice prints. A fingerprint pressed on a scanner can record a number of information such as identity, time, date, and location. This information can then be instantly passed onto a time management system that helps in business control and manage aspects of security and payroll record keeping.

Technological solutions to workplace issues, such as access, will result in more streamlined and innovative solutions. Huge efficiency improvements are seen where Biometrics is used because the linked systems can process data much faster than paper based or even pin code systems. Paper based systems has an administrative load converting records into payroll or other digital records for use. Biometrics also prevent time fraud through “buddy-clocking” or having to assume worked hours through missed log-ins or log-outs.

The main concerns for employees are identity theft and recognition errors. While most people trust the accuracy of fingerprints, significantly less numbers are trusting of facial recognition or voice recognition.

Taking advantage of technological advancements to more efficiently manage employees can prove an invaluable change for employers but threatens to raise the risk of privacy issues within the workplace. Therefore it is important to correctly manage staff information and subsequently is vital to adequately protecting yourself and your business.