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we need time clock software at work. must be FOSS. nothing fancy, just log-in, log-out, GUI, print at the end of the week. we will be running ubuntu. or should i patch a windows freebie from TUCOWS, etc...
Actually, I stumbled upon this thread while looking for something similar, but at a much lower scale.
I have an employee who is paid an hourly rate and she submits a weekly spreadsheet every week. However, I have the impression that she has been inflating her reported hours well beyond her real work time.
Since she works on a Linux box, I've been using last to check how long and when she has been logged in. It is clear at this point that she has not been honest to me.
My plan in the short future is to have them agree on being payed according to their time logged in (since their job is computer dependent). That way, there will be no more arguments, and everyone will be on the same page.
Could you suggest a better way to track an employee work time on a Linux box reliably and efficiently?
Sorry if I'm highjacking the thread. I am fine if this post is relocated by the mods.
Sounds like you have a short term solution for getting things straightened out.
For the long term, I would try one of the punch clock applications listed on sourceforge.net, e.g. Punchout! Timecard System and require employee(s) to clock in and out. Learning how to install it (or having someone help you) would be worth the time spent--so you don't have to worry about whether the reported hours are correct. In your case, it would seem to be worth it for even ONE employee.
If these are too complex (and they might be for me)...you could try http://www.14dayz.com/site/en/home/pricing which is time and project tracking.......I don't really know if it would have the signin/signout feature you want...but you could investigate: there is one for small business which is FREE...and it's web-based.
These programs seem to be very close to what I've been looking for. I will be running a few tests with different options on a virtual box before deciding what to use on the workplace. I will probably use something reliable and both simple to use for both my employees and myself. It would be even better if instead of punching anything, they just log in and start working. Maybe a script could do the accounting and monitoring, without their intervention at all.
The online solution seems interesting, especially if I have to set up something fast and hassle free for a team work on the fly. However, for a stable shop like mine, I would prefer to implement something in-house, tailored to our liking (all of us).