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        Staff use time clock to manipulate pay

        Staff use time clock to manipulate pay

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          Staff across the world have admitted to undertaking methods which make it appear they have worked more time in order to receive more pay.

          A study which was carried out by the Workplace Institute, Kronos and Harris Interactive, asked if employees who use a time clock had manipulated the system.

          Questions included clocking in or out earlier or later than scheduled, asking another employee to clock out for them and not clocking off for dinner breaks.

          Of the countries involved in the study, India had the most employees who admitted to undertaking one of these techniques with 73 per cent saying they had.

          The UK came in lower than some at 33 per cent, which is the same as the number who also admitted to the behaviour in France.

          Using time clocks in order to monitor working hours of employees is surprisingly widespread in many countries.

          Nearly half of employed adults in the UK use them and in Mexico the number rises to 82 per cent using them now or having done so in the past.

          In most regions the majority of respondents claimed to be looking forward to a good day’s work when they clocked in for the day, though in France the most popular response was that they are bored with their jobs.

          Countries such as Australia, Canada and India supplied respondents who said they generally felt satisfied with a good day’s work when they clocked out.

          The Chinese and Americans were more likely to be looking forward to spending some time away from the workplace.

          And in the UK and France, workers responded saying they were delighted to be getting away from the place.

          Time clocks are usually used in conjunction with timesheets, which are inserted into the machine and stamped with the time the employee starts and finishes work.

          Joyce Maroney, director of the Workforce Institute, Kronos, said: “Organisations with employees around the world need to take a hard look at their time keeping technologies and policies and make sure that they are using the latest technology, configuring their solutions appropriately, and setting correct policies to minimise this kind of fraud.”

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