TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Making payroll is among the most fundamental functions of any business. There are several ways to track employee hours. Arguably, the most convenient and accurate way to accomplish this task is to employ the best time card software available. ShopClock by Pacific Rim Software is an excellent candidate. This top-tier application earns our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze award for time card software.

Time Tracking
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9/10
TimeClick
Time Clock MTS
ShopClock
RealTime
Standard Time
TimeClock Pearl
TimeCard Manager
TimeCard Plus
TimePilot PC
Time Clock Manager
10
9.4
9
9.4
8.1
8.8
8.8
8.1
6.9
6.3

Using ShopClock, employees can clock in with just two mouse clicks. Each day, the time card software totals and displays employees' working hours. This software shows the weekly total at the bottom of the time card, thus helping employees avoid unauthorized overtime. Vacation and sick time are awarded in hours but dispensed in days.

ShopClock accrues and tracks PTO time, sick leave and vacation days. Any number of hours of vacation, sick, PTO and more can be allocated to any day. A journal is kept for type of Managed Time, which both administrators and employees can view. It records when benefit hours are accrued and allocated.

Employees have the ability to request time off by clicking on the request calendar. The software also tracks, but doesn't accrue, uncompensated time off, holidays and bereavement. The percentage of employees working each day can be shown in an interactive calendar within the program. If an employee is early or tardy, the attendance calendar can tell you who they are and to what degree they were early or tardy.

This time clock software has an accrual system that can accrue vacation, sick and PTO hours based either on a fixed-number per pay period or a fraction of an hour for each hour worked. The accrual year can be a calendar year starting on January 1 or a year starting on each employee's hire date. Most of these settings can be unique for each employee. The accrual system feeds the managed time journals so that employees can easily keep track of time remaining and allocated.

Reports
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9/10
TimeClick
Time Clock MTS
ShopClock
RealTime
Standard Time
TimeClock Pearl
TimeCard Manager
TimeCard Plus
TimePilot PC
Time Clock Manager
10
9.4
9
6.9
8.8
7.5
6.9
6.9
6.9
6.3

ShopClock can produce payroll reports that show regular time, overtime, vacation and sick time. Reports export into Quicken, CheckMark and as CSV files. You can create employee birthday and phone lists. Annual summary reports can be printed by month or quarter. All of these reports can be proofed before you actually close the pay period with the final print. All of your data can be backed up with one click and stored on any device, from a floppy disk to a USB memory stick.

Clock In/Out Methods
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8.8/10
TimeClick
Time Clock MTS
ShopClock
RealTime
Standard Time
TimeClock Pearl
TimeCard Manager
TimeCard Plus
TimePilot PC
Time Clock Manager
10
10
8.8
9.4
8.1
7.5
8.1
7.5
7.5
6.9

Administrators can add time entries in addition to editing the time card. This is treated the same way as hours worked via the Managed Time calendar. With this feature, administrators can easily account for time their employees spent working outside of the office.

In addition to computers on the LAN, ShopClock can be used across a VPN connection, which means that satellite stores, offices, branches and so forth can be located anywhere with internet access. An optional Finger Print Reader can be used instead of a password. This requires administrator assistance to ensure that the fingerprint belongs to the employee. The fingerprint is used only for identity verification, such as with fingerprint scanners.

Help & Support
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9.4/10
TimeClick
Time Clock MTS
ShopClock
RealTime
Standard Time
TimeClock Pearl
TimeCard Manager
TimeCard Plus
TimePilot PC
Time Clock Manager
10
7.5
9.4
10
8.1
6.9
6.3
6.9
8.1
6.3

ShopClock offers support via email and telephone. The help documentation is thorough, and FAQs are available on the website. Support also includes LogMeIn – rescue support that allows you to log in to a computer, demo the software, perform training and even set up the server and ShopClock clients. It's a nice way to do support.

ShopClock Summary:
9/10

ShopClock has all the features and functionality that you need to accomplish the task of tracking employee attendance and accruals. The reporting options are robust but don't have the breath of the other award winners. Overall, it's great software that you won't regret using.

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Pros
ShopClock keeps track of employee clock-ins, attendance, accruals and more with a great number of reports and tracking features.

Cons
The reports generated by ShopClock are less comprehensive compared to the other award winners in this category

The Verdict
: 9.03/10

ShopClock is an excellent time clock software solution. In a category where many products fall short, ShopClock stands tall.