Work badge: 5 types, what it is used for and how it works

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Work badge is an indispensable tool for companies that want to monitor the working hours of their employees, both on site and in smart working. With the work badge, in fact, it’s possible to record employees’ clocking in and out times, check their presence and absence, calculate overtime, holidays and generate detailed reports.

But how does a work badge work? And what advantages does it provide? In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about work badges and introduce you to an innovative solution for managing your employees’ attendance in a simple, fast and secure way: JOBy attendance tracking app by HT Apps.

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What is a work badge and how it works: 5 existing types

Work badge is a personal document that identifies the employee and, in many cases, serves to record his or her work activities. The work badge can be of different types, depending on the technology used:

1. Magnetic badge

It’s a plastic badge with a magnetic strip. It’s inserted into a reader that records the time of clocking in and transmits it to an attendance management software.

2. Barcode badge

It’s a paper or plastic badge with a barcode. The optical reader scans it, recording the time of clocking in and transmits it, as with the magnetic badge, to attendance management software.

3. Radiofrequency badge

It’s a plastic badge with a chip inside. It is detected by a remote reader that records the time of clocking in and transmits it, once again, to attendance management software.

4. Biometric badge

It’s a badge that uses an employee’s physical characteristics, such as fingerprint, facial recognition or iris, to identify them and record their time clocking in. The biometric reader, like the others, records the time of clocking in and transmits it to attendance management software.

5. Virtual badge or virtual time card

Virtual badge is nothing more than a digital version of the work badge; it’s based on the use of a smartphone app and allows employees to clock in from anywhere, thanks to geolocation technology. Undoubtedly, it offers greater flexibility. Unlike the others, it transmits time stamps in real time.

Why a work badge and attendance management software are useful

A work badge, as we have seen, collects data on employees’ working hours and transfers them to attendance management software, which processes and archives them. An attendance management software, combined with a work badge, is used to:

Work badge benefits

Work badge offers numerous benefits for both employers and employees. Let’s see which ones in detail:

1. More transparency

Work badge ensures more transparency and fairness in labour relations, as it allows objective verification of the hours worked by co-workers/employees and thus avoids disputes.

2. Improved productivity

Work badge promote improved productivity, as it encourages workers to stick to set schedules and concentrate on the various tasks at hand, without interruptions or distractions.

3. Increased security

Work badge increases security in the workplace, as it allows access to restricted areas to be controlled and the presence of co-workers/employees to be monitored in the event of an emergency.

4. Greater saving

Work badge saves time and money, as it reduces possible errors in calculating working hours and facilitates integration with the payroll system.

How to choose the right work badge for your needs

As we have seen, there are different types of work badges, each with its own features and functionality. So how do you choose the right work badge for your needs? Here are some factors to consider:

Employees number

If you have a high number of employees, you should choose a fast and reliable work badge, such as radio frequency or biometric badges, which avoid queues at the reader and do not deteriorate easily.

Work type

If your employees work on the move, off-site or in smart working, you should choose a portable and flexible work badge, such as the virtual badge or the virtual time card, which allow clocking in from any location and device.


If you are on a tight budget, you are better off choosing a cheap and simple work badge, such as the barcode badge or the virtual badge, which require minimal initial outlay and easy maintenance.

Why choose the virtual badge or the virtual time card JOBy

If you are looking for a work badge that is innovative, practical and convenient, we recommend you try JOBy, the attendance tracking app by HT Apps.

JOBy is an application for smartphones and tablets that allows you to manage your employees’ attendance in a simple, fast and secure way. With JOBy, you can:

JOBy attendance tracking app benefits

JOBy is an attendance tracking app that offers you numerous benefits, including:


JOBy allows you to manage your employees’ attendance from a single platform, without having to install additional hardware or software, and to access it anywhere and from any device.


JOBy allows your co-workers or employees to clock in virtually via GPS clocking.


JOBy guarantees unrivalled data security through encryption, password protection and location control.


JOBy saves you time and money, thanks to its low application cost, ease of use and reduction of errors and fraud.

How to download and use JOBy, contact us

If you would like to try JOBy, all you have to do is download the application from Google Play or the App Store, according to your smartphone’s operating system, and contact us to schedule a demo.

You can do this by calling +390957463250, filling out the contact form below or via WhatsApp. We are waiting for you!

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