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Time & Attendance Application

Published 05/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

NextPunch is a simple to use and easy to deploy timecard system. It is ideal for workplaces that have many offices or locations that employees could legitimately be working from, but for such employees who are still hourly. The beauty of this system is that it offers a way for employees to clock in and out via the Internet or by calling into a toll-free telephone number. There are additional measures where the employee can only clock in and out from certain "authorized" GPS locations. This helps ensure employee compliance, but it also makes it so employees do not need to waste company time and gas transporting back to a central office just for the purpose of attendance tracking. Beyond the benefits NextPunch offers employees, employers benefit by saving on man hours, and they can also generate automated reports on demand. This helps save on administration costs or perhaps the problems caused by timecards that are not filled in accurately, are illegible or are falsified. Overall, NextPunch takes the benefits of a virtual workforce and the practicality of hourly pay and location validation and packages it all into a single, useful application.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

NextPunch is a small organization based out of San Francisco, California. They also have a presence out of Chicago and Montreal. The site appears to have launched towards the end of 2011, and has been gaining traction and clients through 2012.

What are the differences to other apps?

NextPunch is a bit cheaper than other mobile or virtual time-carding applications. Additionally, it can be easily integrated into any kind of company. The option to not only clock in or out via the Internet, but to also be able to call in provides this application great flexibility and an effective backup plan for employees who are in a place where there is no internet signal.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

NextPunch is not only easy for companies to use, but it is also extremely easy to deploy to any kind of organization. For example, one may have a company of landscapers and the staff isn't particularly computer-savvy. In this case the employees have a choice of either calling in or logging into a website to simply clock in and out for the day. The learning curve isn't too traumatic and can be easily implemented into such groups. During this review there were no issues observed and the site seemed very fast and responsive. Overall, NextPunch appears to be a solid application.

How does the registration process work?

New users can sign up for a free trial and a new NextPunch account by visiting the "Sign Up Now" button located on the home page. New accounts need to submit the following information in order to be established: first name, last name, company name, email address, password and time zone.

What does it cost to use the application?

NextPunch has plans starting at $4 per month per use. This is called their Basic plan and includes up to 100 job codes, unlimited web clocking and technical support offered via web, chat and phone. The next tier of pricing is their Small Business plan which runs $8 per month per user. This plan includes up to 1000 job codes and unlimited phone clocking plus all of the features of their Basic plan. Finally there is their Enterprise plan which runs $12 per user per month and includes unlimited web clocking, unlimited phone clocking and unlimited job codes. New accounts can also sign up for a free 15-day trial to make sure that the NextPunch application suits their needs.

Who would you recommend the application to?

NextPunch is ideal for companies who have employees who could be legitamately working from a number of locations, but whose employees are still paid on an hourly rate. For such companies, NextPunch offers a way to validate that the employee is where they say they are and can call in or log in online for tracking their attendance. NextPunch's rates are significantly cheaper than some native mobile applications or other timecard applications. The only concern is that it is supported by a fairly lean team, and the app itself is relatively new. There may be some concern about deploying this app and then the team goes out of business soon after. However, to their credit, there doesn't appear to be any indication of this and the company looks to be on-boarding new clients all of the time.

  • Clock in and out online
  • Managers can see who, what, when and where their people are working
  • Employees can clock in and out using the Internet or by calling in
  • Location element can be added so employees can only clock in and out from certain locations

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NextPunch pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $4.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $12.00

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