Construction technology doesn’t need to be fancy, and it doesn’t always need to be groundbreaking; it does, however, need to make processes faster, easier, and more cost efficient. One of the most elemental processes in construction is payroll, and efficiently and effectively keeping track of employee hours is one process that must not be overlooked.

One requirement for construction solutions, no matter which function they serve, is ruggedability. ExakTime, www.exaktime.com, Calabasas, Calif., recently announced a new connected time-clock solution—JobClock Hornet—which the company calls the first “rugged” wireless time clock.

The device has a weatherproof plastic case that can withstand the weather—be it rain, snow, or shine. JobClock Hornet automatically sends electronic time records back to the office every hour, ensuring managers can make realtime job-adjustment decisions. Most importantly, the solution replaces the cumbersome process of keeping paper timecards.

A number of time-clock solutions are available on the market today, some of which are tailored for the construction industry. For example, mJobTime Corp., www.mjobtime.com, Beaumont, Texas, provides mobile time-tracking software for construction. The enterprise solution not only tracks labor time, it keeps track of equipment time, production quantities, and daily job logs, without requiring an Internet connection to be used in the field.

Other solutions, such as AboutTime, www.abouttimetech.com, Payson, Utah, are designed for industries with mobile field workers, such as construction. AboutTime offers project-management and attendance-tracking software solutions to help collect and stream accurate field data from a jobsite to the backoffice with realtime visibility.

Clockspot, www.clockspot.com, Macon Ga., while not designed specifically for the construction industry, is an example of a solution that can be adapted for use in many different industries. The solution lets users clock in or out from any computer or phone, streamlining operations for any business with multiple locations, or those with employees who are remote or on the go, such as construction.

Because payroll is such a big expense, the move to automate the process of tracking employees’ time on the job seems a natural place to start when looking to streamline construction business processes. Whether a construction company chooses an industry-specific solution, or adapts a general solution to meet its needs, chances are the company will experience a favorable ROI (return on investment) due to reduced payroll errors and increased efficiencies.