clocking on/in

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Is the act of registering attendance at work. An employee will clock on by inserting a time card into a machine that records the arrival time, and will clock off/out at the end of their shift. The data are used to produce attendance records for employees and calculate hours of work for the payroll department. Although clocking on is usually associated with blue-collar work, many white-collar workers are expected to fill in timesheets, or be sitting at their desks by a certain time in the morning. Generally, however, white-collar work has been less rigid in terms of hours of attendance. Despite a shift towards white-collar employment, research evidence for the UK indicates that the proportion of employees whose attendance was checked by a time clock or by electronic time recording has increased in recent years, possibly because managers feel the need to monitor the more flexible and variable schedules of hours now worked. [See flexitime.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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