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Face-RecognitionPayroll. It has always been both a time consuming and stressful task for all business owners, but for small business owners in particular. There have long been problems with payroll, from employees clocking other employees in or out to employees clocking in and then disappearing for the day, only to clock out at quitting time. However, now, those problems can be a thing of the past. New web and mobile based payroll solutions make it easy to track your employees through their workday.


You can make sure that all of your employees are where you need them, when you need them, and that they are in the right place at the right time. These facial recognition payroll solutions are really beginning to spark business owner's interest, and for good reason.


PayRoll Hero and other similar web based payroll solutions  Facelock,  Kairos, ­­­­­ ADI Tech JustLook allow employees to clock in using their smartphones or by going online. These apps use the employee's face via facial recognition, IP address, and GPS location to ensure that all employees are in the right place at the right time.You can watch your employees all day to make sure they stay where they are supposed to be and that everything runs smoothly. Apps like Payroll Hero can even track taxes and benefits, as well as help with scheduling. It is also a fun way to get employees clocking in and makes them feel more like a part of a team than just punching a clock every day. Employees that have used the PayRoll Hero app say that they really enjoy it, and it is common to see employees clocking in with coworkers in group shots, striking funny poses, or just being silly. What a fun and unexpected way to boost company morale!

“We took something that really sucked — clocking in with a punch card — we took something that was terrible and made it fun,” confesses Stephen Jagger, creator of PayRoll Hero. "Employees clock in and clock out by taking a picture of themselves. Managers and owners are saying employees are showing up earlier, they’re giggling and doing group photos, they’re sharing their clock-in photos on social networks.”

Kairos is another facial recognition time clock solution that is really picking up steam and gaining popularity. "Kairos TimeClock, uses our facial recognition algorithm, Kairos ID, to identify and clock-in a customer’s employees. By using facial recognition, an employer can expect their payroll to go down 5 percent. This is because people can no longer game the system by having their friends punch them in when they are late, or even punch them in early for overtime." explains Kairos co-founder Brian Brackeen.

You can fully integrate web solutions like these with your payroll, so the majority of the work is done for you. Plus, it's fun, it's hip and employees really seem to like using it. Which is a nice switch. Groups of employees can clock in together, which can make it fun to use. Plus Payroll Hero has fun features like mood tracking, where the software attempts to tell you how your employees are feeling each day! No matter what you think about these quirky ways of handling payroll, you have to admit that they sound much more fun and exciting than the ways of old, and we are excited to see how things continue to develop in this new area. It is nice and refreshing to see new technology that not only helps business owners but gets employees excited as well.  To see how payroll facial recognition is working for one small business, read this great article.

To read more about PayRoll Hero and how they are changing the payroll landscape, here are two great articles with lots more info:  from Techcrunch,  e27. Currently, they are only taking on clients in the Phillipines, but I would not be surprised to see them branching out and coming to a company near you before you know it! They were even chosen as IT Startup Of The Year last year in the Phillipines ( PayrollHero), so get ready world! As PayRoll Hero says, it's time to "optimize work productivity with happiness!"

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