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Troubleshooting Personal Computer Time Clocks

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Overview

If your employees are having trouble clocking in from the When I Work web app on their personal computers, follow the steps in this article to troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

Considerations

The Clock In button is missing

Possible cause: Personal Computer clock in method is disabled

Solution: If the Clock In button is missing, the Personal Computer clock in method may be disabled. If you’re a manager or account holder, follow our instructions to allow employees to clock in from their personal computers.

Common issues

No scheduled shift

Employee is clocking in when no shift is scheduled

Solutions:

  • If the employee is supposed to be working, add a shift for the employee.
  • If you want to allow employees to clock in without a scheduled shift, set How Early Can Employees Clock In for a Shift to Anytime in the Attendance Settings. You must have manager or account holder access privileges to make this change.

Employee trying to clock in too earlyEarly clock in

The attendance settings allow you prevent employees from clocking in more than 5, 15, or 30 minutes early. This prevents employees from clocking in.

Solutions:

  • Tell the employee to wait until their shift starts to clock in.
  • If you want to change how early employees can clock in, set How Early Can Employees Clock In for a Shift to 5, 15, or 30 minutes before in the Attendance Settings. You must have manager or account holder access privileges to make this change.
  • If you want to allow employees to clock in without a scheduled shift, set How Early Can Employees Clock In for a Shift to Anytime in the Attendance Settings. You must have manager or account holder access privileges to make this change.

Clock-in location issue

Possible cause: Employee clocking in from wrong location

Solutions:

  • Make sure the employee knows where to be when clocking in.
  • If you use multiple schedules, make sure the employee’s shifts are on the correct schedule.

Possible cause: Incorrect schedule settingsIncorrect schedule settings

Solution: If the employee is trying to clock in while using the workplace Internet connection at the correct location, the schedule’s IP address may be set incorrectly in When I Work. Make sure the correct IP address is entered in the schedule’s settings.You must be a supervisor, manager, or account holder to make this change.

Possible cause: The web browser needs permission to send location informationBrowser location restriction

If location-based restrictions are enabled, employees can clock in on their personal computer without connecting to their workplace’s internet by using their browser’s location services. Employees will be able to clock in if the schedule or job site they are clocking into has a street address or custom coordinates entered.

Solution: Tell the employee to give When I Work permission to access location when prompted. If the employee has already denied the location request, the employee may need to reset the browser location permission setting for When I Work. You can reset location permissions on our supported browsers by following these guides:

Possible cause: Employee clocking in outside of the geolocation boundary

Wrong location

Solution: Make sure you are within the geolocation boundary that has been set for the shift, then try again.

Address not recognized

Possible cause: Incorrect schedule settingsIncorrect schedule settings

Solution: If the employee is trying to clock in while using the workplace Internet connection at the correct location, the schedule’s IP address may be set incorrectly in When I Work. Make sure the correct IP address is entered in the schedule’s settings.You must be a supervisor, manager, or account holder to make this change.

Updated on August 3, 2020

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