What makes Timely the best Buddy Punch alternative?
Offering automatic time tracking, Timely is quite a step up from Buddy Punch’s heavily manual functionality. Instead of making you plug in everything you work on, Timely captures time on every task, precise to the second. Crucially, it actually protects employee privacy and isn’t built to police supposedly slacking workers. Here are a few reasons why Buddy Punch users switch to Timely.
An alternative to Buddy Punch’s manual timers
Share Helena’s pain? You’re not alone. Almost every time tracking app currently on the market shares Buddy Punch’s essential design error: manual timer input.
Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time — particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. It also leaves you extremely vulnerable to expensive inaccuracies . Even if you remember to log your hours every day, studies show that timesheets that rely on manual input are only ever 67% accurate.
Buddy Punch also has some questionable features which undermine employee trust . As the name suggests, it’s hot on the fear of people punching in for others, so offers both geofencing and facial recognition time logging to try and “protect” employers from their own employees. Pinning its whole USP on employee dishonesty, Buddy Punch isn’t a natural choice for supportive, honest work environments.
In this context, Buddy Punch’s free trial matters relatively little. Ultimately, a robust time tracking solution should satisfy a very basic purpose: capturing hours as accurately and easily without destroying team trust and culture.