Kronos Time Clock Survey Shows Respondents Around the World Have Cheated Employers to Get More Pay – With India, China, and Australia Leading the Pack


ORLANDO, Fla.--()--On the same day it announced its revolutionary new Kronos® InTouch™ time clock, Kronos Incorporated also released the results of a new survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ and conducted online by Harris Interactive in October 2011. The survey reveals that employees in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. admit to engaging in behavior to receive more pay for time not worked from their employers. The survey also looks at the differing attitudes that employees have toward their jobs.

News Facts

  • Answers varied widely when employees who currently use a time clock were asked if they had ever done anything to receive more pay such as clocking in earlier or out later than scheduled, having someone else clock them in or out, neglecting to clock out for lunch or breaks, adding time to timesheets, or other activity along these lines. Seventy-three percent of people in India who currently use a time clock admitted to engaging in one or more of these behaviors, followed by 72 percent in China, 51 percent of those surveyed in Australia, 49 percent in Mexico, 37 percent of those surveyed in the U.K., 33 percent of those surveyed in France, 33 percent in the U.S., and 26 percent of those surveyed in Canada.
  • Around the world, use of time clocks is pervasive. Among employed adults, usage was the highest in Mexico with 82 percent of employed adults saying that they currently use or have in the past used a time clock to clock in and out of work. The U.S. was second with 77 percent, followed by China with 70 percent, India with 57 percent, Canada with 56 percent, Australia with 55 percent, the U.K. with 48 percent, and France with 44 percent.
  • When asked how they felt when they clocked in to work for the day, the most popular response in every region except France was “looking forward to starting a good day’s work”. In France, it was a different story, with 30 percent of those surveyed who clock into work having the feeling of being “bored with my job”.
  • When it came to how they felt when they clocked out of work for the day, those surveyed in Australia, Canada, India, and Mexico most commonly selected that they felt “satisfied with a hard day’s work”. In the U.S. and China, the top response was “excited to start my free time”, and among those surveyed in France and the U.K., it was “thrilled to be getting away from my job”.

Supporting Quotes

  • Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute, Kronos
    “We have run surveys1 on the number of employees in the U.S. who admit to cheating on their time sheets in the past, but we have never surveyed on this topic in other regions around the world. The vast disparity amongst regions is startling, with India leading the pack at 73 percent and Canada having the fewest number of people with 26 percent. Organizations with employees around the world need to take a hard look at their time keeping technologies and policies and make sure that they are using the latest technology, configuring their solutions appropriately, and setting correct policies to minimize this kind of fraud.”

Supporting Resources

  • About Harris Interactive
  • To see video on time clocks around the world, visit:
  • This announcement was made from KronosWorks, the world’s largest workforce information exchange. KronosWorks is taking place this week in Orlando.
  • See live updates and join the conversation by using #KronosWorks11 on Twitter.

Survey Methodology

The Kronos Time Clocks survey was conducted online within the U.S. between October 11-13, 2011 among 2,194 adults (aged 18 and over), of whom 1,087 are employed full-time and/or part time and 1,657 have used/currently use a time clock; within Canada between October 12-18, 2011 among 1,012 adults (aged 18 and older) of whom 649 are employed full-time and/or part-time and 548 have used/currently use; and within Great Britain, France, Australia, Mexico, China, and India between October 11-18, 2011 among 6,067 adults (aged 16 and older) of whom 3,867 are employed full-time and/or part-time and 3,266 have used/currently use a time clock, by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kronos via its Quick Query omnibus product, the Harris Decima Canada online omnibus, and the Global omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100 percent response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About The Workforce Institute

The Workforce Institute was founded by Kronos Incorporated in 2006 as a think tank to provide research and education on critical workplace issues facing organizations around the globe. By bringing together thought leaders, The Workforce Institute is uniquely positioned to empower organizations with the knowledge and information they need to manage their workforce effectively and provide a voice for employees on important workplace issues. A hallmark of The Workforce Institute's research is balancing the needs and desires of diverse employee populations with the needs of organizations. For additional information, visit

About Kronos Incorporated

Kronos is the global leader in workforce management solutions that enable organizations to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity. Tens of thousands of organizations in 60 countries — including more than half of the Fortune 1000® — use Kronos time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics applications. To learn how Kronos uniquely delivers complete automation and high-quality information in an easy-to-use solution, visit

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1 “Gaming the Clock” Survey Finds That Many Employees Admit to Cheating on Timesheets (June 15,2009)


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Laura Souza, +1-978-947-4777