Top 5 Ways Spammers Get Your Email Address and What to Do About It

Address bookContributed by Joel Slatis, president of Timesheets.com

Regardless of whether you ever showed an interest in the topic and regardless of whether you even use your email address, spam will almost certainly find its way in. Most of the spam you get is irrelevant to you but so is most of the advertising you see each day. And that’s just what it is – advertising. With traditional advertising methods, companies buy space from somewhere to promote their goods and services – when “advertising” via email, spammers get email addresses in all sorts of slimy ways. Here are some of them: Continue reading

The Impact of Disengaged Employees – Infographic

the-high-cost-of-unhappy-employees-infographicWhat employees do after they clock in each morning totally depends on how they feel about the environment they work in.

If their job is challenging or entertaining, their co-workers are friendly, and they feel valued, they will probably begin the next challenge with creativity and a positive attitude. If, on the other hand, they feel bored, under-appreciated, and threatened by fellow employees, they may be consumed with negativity and unable, or unwilling, to concentrate.

Unengaged workers cost businesses a lot of money in turnover costs, lost productivity, and lost sales. The total amount of time and money wasted to disengaged employees in this country is staggering.

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The TimeClockOnline.com Brand is Being Retired

grey-tealTimeClockOnline.com is now Timesheets.com.

If you have been to our site before – accessing your account or just evaluating our service– you may have noticed some changes this week. All TimeClockOnline.com traffic is now be forwarded to Timesheets.com and Timesheets.com got a new look.

Our Rebranding Included:

The Benefit to Our Customers

Keeping up with modern technology is a cornerstone of a web-based service. Updates make the service easier to use and more powerful. The trick is to make changes without annoying customers. We don’t want to introduce changes that are radically different from the current service. This is why we’re introducing updates this summer in a phased, bite-sized format.

The next and last phase of our upgrade plans include both functional and cosmetic changes to your accounts. Those updates are currently in final testing and you can expect to see them some time this summer. Please let us know if you have questions!

Is Siri Serious Voice Recognition Software or a Toy for Mobile Users?

Voice controlContributed by Joel Slatis, president of Timesheets.com

Until recently, the daily integration of voice recognition applications existed only in science fiction. Then came Siri, Apple’s famous attempt to invent its own voice recognition environment and bring it to the masses. It’s a great start, but Siri isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and most of us can see that voice recognition has a long way to go before it’s really ready for prime time.

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A Time Clock for Multiple Locations

Locations on a mapWhen businesses grow and expand into multiple cities, record keeping depends on the use of efficient internet applications. Online services allow businesses to keep track of data online, in real time so that it’s accessible anytime by departments in different locations. Without these services, companies have to email records to the appropriate people, wait for reports to get delivered, and dig up old data on site. It’s a hassle and it slows down the work flow.

With Timesheets.com, employees at any location can track their time online and the payroll processor at another location can compile reports for payroll or billing. Our software is designed for the flexibility that businesses with multiple locations need. Continue reading

The New California Paid Sick Leave Law

Girl sneezing sickEffective July 1st, 2015 employers in California must offer their employees paid sick leave. This applies to all employers, regardless of size or number of employees.

The law has set some guidelines about accruals and usage. This is not intended to interfere with a company’s current policy but to set a minimum sick leave requirement and to help establish a sick leave policy for companies that didn’t already have one.

Sick Time Accrual vs Actual Usage

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Understanding the Accruals Cap

Accruals setupMany companies put a limit on accumulated vacation hours, and for good reason. A few years back there was an interesting case that highlights the trouble a company could get into without it.

A Nebraska County employee, Dick Kincaid, had accumulated 688 vacation hours over 30 years. That would amount to a huge payout upon termination of employment or over 17 weeks of vacation if he had decided to take the time off. He didn’t, however, and he was eventually fired for it.

If an accruals cap had been set from the beginning, Kincaid would have never accumulated so many hours and would have never lost his job over it.
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