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Automatic Timecard Coder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111660D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

Recording accurate information on timecards continues to be a problem for most employees, especially when exceptions to normal work hours occur. Although on-line processing of timecards is available to some employees, determining the correct format for entering information continues to be a manual, laborious, and time-consuming chore.

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Automatic Timecard Coder

      Recording accurate information on timecards continues to be a
problem for most employees, especially when exceptions to normal work
hours occur.  Although on-line processing of timecards is available
to some employees, determining the correct format for entering
information continues to be a manual, laborious, and time-consuming
chore.

      The rules for coding timecard exceptions are not intuitive or
straightforward, and they are very dynamic.  The need and concept of
this invention can best be explained by using the following example:

     Bob's regular work hours are 8:30-12:00 and 12:45-17:15.  He
     comes to work at 8:30, works through lunch, and leaves at 18:30.
     It has been quite some time since Bob worked any irregular
hours,
     so when he starts to record his time on his timecard, he can't
     remember how to properly code his exceptions for the day.  He
     does remember that the last time he coded exceptions like this,
     the rules for coding them had changed since the time before
that.
     He has some documentation on this somewhere, but he can't put
his
     hands on it just now.  There is a Timecard Help Desk, but he
     can't find their number, and they wouldn't be there at 6:30 P.M.
     anyway.  If he waits until tomorrow, he will probably forget
both
     the hours he worked and the need to find out how to record it.
     Therefore, he is tempted to actually falsify his timecard by
     neglecting his working through lunch, as follows:

          Cond.     Shift     Day       Start     Stop

          -----     -----    -----      -----     -----

           x          1        3        17:15     18:30

     Not only is his timecard not completely accurate, but Bob has
     also cheated himself out of qualifying for an OTIA.

      This system ensures that Bob's timecard is coded correctly,
even if the rules and conventions for coding exceptions have changed
since he last did it.  Bob just executes the online TIMECODE program,
and it presents him with this display:

Monday, November 3, 1992

Normal:   Start time     08:30

          Stop tim...