Ways to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time begins March 14, 2021, which means it is almost time to move your clocks forward one hour. Fortunately, modern technology allows many of our devices, such as our cell phones, to update automatically.
If your organization has a CBIZ Time and Labor Management solution, your time clocks should also automatically adjust to the time change. But there are still some additional steps you should consider when the time changes.
Review Employee Schedules
If you have third-shift employees, review their schedules. If those employees are normally scheduled eight hours, they may be working seven hours since clocks will be moved ahead one hour. If so, companies may want to adjust schedules accordingly. Do this as soon as possible to ensure employees aren’t caught off guard.
Establish A Policy or Standard
Determine how to handle employees with hours impacted by the beginning of daylight saving time. Whatever you decide, be consistent, so there are no surprises.
Communicate Changes That Impact Employees
Remind employees about the time change and any related schedule changes. Alert them in advance if the beginning of daylight saving time will affect their work hours. Communicate these changes to employees. Not only should this reduce the number of questions you get regarding schedules, but it could also save you and your employees time and frustration.
Check Time Clocks
Check your time clocks to make sure that the time reflects Daylight Saving Time*. Also, supervisors and managers should review punches to ensure each employee's time is properly recorded. (*Timesheets and time clocks through CBIZ's Time and Labor Management solutions automatically account for Daylight Saving Time, unless exceptions were requested upon implementation. If you have any questions about your time tracking solution, please contact us.)
Daylight Saving Time will return at 2:00 a.m. on March 14, 2021.