Morris & Perry is part of the S. Morris Ltd. group of companies, a family-owned independent quarry company and manufacturer of construction materials. The company head office is located in the Mendips in Somerset and has been supplying high quality asphalt, concrete and aggregates for over eighty years.
The Morris & Perry quarry at Gurney Slade was acquired in the 1960s along with a manual tally roll clock which had already been in operation for many years. When this manual clock started to go wrong it was decided to make a big step change in the way they managed clocking in and they looked to source an ‘intelligent’ software-based time and attendance system. They needed a vendor who could add functionality which would allow employees to have some control over their calculated hours as they had had previously with the manual system.
Morris & Perry chose the Chronologic Workforce Management System. We customised the software to add the extra functionality required. This additional functionality although not over-complicated needed some thought as employees’ time was calculated in a non-standard way. The flexible scripting available within the Focus time and attendance software system enabled these non-standard calculations to be carried out easily.
Show of hands
Morris & Perry chose to use a hand scanning terminal for clocking in so that employees didn’t need to remember to carry swipe cards or proximity fobs to clock in or out. There were initial concerns that within a quarrying environment a hand scanning terminal might struggle – it hasn’t at all.
Managing Director Brian Perry comments,
“I didn’t believe it would work in this environment. It’s a testament to the strength of the design that it’s working so well.”
The ease with which the system can be used has meant that time has been saved all round and the calculation of payroll and the managing of holidays and other absences is now simple. Tracey Simpson, the Accounts Manager was delighted with the new system,
“I returned from holiday recently and it was lovely not to have all the reams of paper to go through as I would have had to before. I just clicked and there was all the information I needed.”
After the Morris & Perry clocking in system had been up and running for a while, S Morris & Co a sister company, decided they too needed a new time and attendance system. There was only one company to provide it! This project included multiple clocking points all connected back to the main network with long distance WiFi connections.
If you’d like to find out more about the Chronologic Workforce Management System, get in touch.