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Time clocks and motivation

Does anyone know of research on the use of time clocks or punch clocks and motivation of employees. Or motivation programs based on punch clock behaviour? I have a client that wants to create a bonus program based on time punched in and out at work.

Using time clocks does not motivate employees to work, it does just the opposite. Time clocks are great for factory workers, warehouse workers etc., it measures productivity.  In today’s work environment happiness in the job produces more productive employees.

Time clocks just mean the employee needs to be at work, is being watched, and does not mean they are being productive or motivated in their job. Time clocks do not foster trust, employees are resentful and are less passionate about their work, and they feel under pressure.

Your client should establish goals and objectives with employees, on top of their normal duties. If you “punch” a time clock their work is done at say 5:00 pm. Goals and objectives setting is a much more productive way of instating a bonus plan. Employees may even come in early and stays late off the clock to get the work done and meet their goals and objectives.

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