3 FAQs on stratustime Mobile

With 90% of American adults owning a cell phone and 58% of those using a smartphone, it’s no surprise that stratustime’s mobile module is a hot topic among our clients (Source: Pew Research Internet Project). As a technical sales engineer for nettime solutions, I demo stratustime’s mobile interface daily, and frequently hear the following questions from our clients and prospects in the HR and IT industry:

1. Do you have an app that my employees will need to download?

This is probably the most common question because, let’s face it, we all love our fun little apps. Look at your own smartphone screen, and you likely have multiple groupings of apps that you may or may not use on a regular basis. Some help you with productivity, and others offer some kind of tool or resource. The thing about stratustime is we are already cloud-based. All of your data is stored in the cloud — not stored locally on any one device. The great part about this is, our mobile interface is a very natural extension of what we do. There’s no need for employees to download anything to their devices; rather, they only require access to the Internet. You can read more about the difference between mobile websites and apps in Jennifer Spencer’s recent blog post, “True Mobile Solutions.”

2. Does your mobile interface have GPS capability?

The short answer is yes. Typically when people are asking about GPS capability, they really want to know whether or not employees can be blocked from clocking in based on their location and if managers can view the location of their employees who are clocking in and out when they are off-site. There’s an option in stratustime that can prevent employees from clocking in and out if they do not have their GPS radio turned on. We can also prohibit mobile users from clocking in and out if they are not on your company’s Wi-Fi. Last week Cory Lamle, one of our senior applications developers, showed precisely how GPS is used in stratustime mobile in “Managing Your Mobile Workforce with Geolocation.”

3. What exactly can my employees do via stratustime’s mobile interface? What can my managers do?

Using stratustime mobile, an employee can punch in and out, transfer to departments, review time cards, see missing punches, approve time cards, submit timecards, review his or her accruals, submit time off requests and see projected PTO hours.

Managers can do everything that employees can do, plus they can see their department’s status board, review and approve or deny PTO requests, and mass add transactions as paired punches. For example, a crew manager could, in one transaction, clock his entire team in at 7am and out at 3pm.

Also, at any time, either employee or manager can switch from the mobile interface to the full website version to access the features he or she might need while away from a computer.

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