that can synchronize both wired and wireless clocks within
the same building or campus.
There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for synchronized
time technology — the precise system depends on your
building, budget and needs, so it’s best to talk to an expert
if you’re considering your options.
Let’s say a breakroom clock is off by two minutes and
your employees take three breaks each day (including
lunch). That means you’re losing six minutes of productivity per person per day.
If you have 50 employees and you pay an average of $15
per hour, that’s $375 in lost wages each week for a total of
This isn’t hypothetical. I know of one company that
had to pay employees their time rounded to the nearest
minute. So when the clocks were off, that meant big dis-
crepancies in pay. Another company — a large national
retailer — had an enormous distribution center in which
employees could be working a half-mile away from
where they were supposed to be at a given time. Without
accurate clocks, they couldn’t gauge when they were sup-
posed to arrive for a meeting or take a break. And as one
plant operations manager at a manufacturing facility said,
“It’s expensive to have salaried employees sitting in a
room, waiting 5-10 minutes for a meeting to start because
some clocks run late!”
The cost for a synchronized clock, depending on the type
of clock and the vendor, can range from $20 to $200, and
synchronized time systems are up to a few thousand dollars.
Clearly, the investment in clocks, while not necessarily
exciting, can pay off fast. Many also come with multi-year
battery lives and warranties, further extending your invest-
Synchronizing your facility or campus clocks isn’t just
a convenience. It’s real dollars saved and actual productivity maximized — and you can see the results quickly.
Accurate, reliable time drives punctuality, safety, accurate
compensation and lower maintenance costs.
Few people glance at a wall clock when they’re looking
for cost-savings and efficiencies in their operation. And
yet, those same clocks might be a source of frustration and
expense. Consider what synchronized clocks could mean
for your bottom line, and stop wasting money on time.
Scott DeSmith is a product application specialist at American Time, a provider of integrated, custom timekeeping systems