Time Tracking

To record his hours, a worker simply touches the time clock with an electronic fob.

Handwritten time sheets are a thing of the past.

The author programs his employees red FastTrakkers with simplified cost codes and job descriptions (A), which are also printed out and displayed on site. These simplified codes correspond to CSI MasterFormat cost codes (B), which the author uses for estimating and job-costing.

The yellow FastTrakker Pro (left) is used to download time records from the JobClock and transfer them to the system's TimeSummit software, which uses the data to generate detailed time and attendance records (above).

TimeSummit software can organize attendance records into a variety of reports. To help analyze productivity and job costs, data can be sorted by employee (A), job site (B), and cost code (C).

The author manually enters TimeSummit data into QuickBooks to prepare "project health" reports, which provide a real-time snapshot of a job's progress and financial details. With additional software — called Account Linx — data can be automatically exported to most accounting packages.

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