12.11
2018

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas From Actsoft

Perhaps one of the best things about working for Actsoft is the positive work environment that’s been established here. We take pride in helping to ensure that all of our employees get the most out of their jobs, and strive to create a family-oriented culture at our office that empowers everyone. With that being said, there’s no better time of year for us to build and grow as a team than around the holiday season.

Whether it’s due to the crisp winter air, the sparkling radiance of Christmas lights, or the fresh scents of pine wafting through the city streets, it’s safe to say that the holidays are one of our favorite times on the entire calendar. This past week was our organization’s sales week, company meeting, and Christmas party, three events that always hold great significance for our team. With our remote employees being flown in from all over the United States for these annual events, everyone at our organization is always given the chance to reconnect, celebrate accomplishments, and set goals for the future at them. After last week concluded, our company came back to the office this week with a stronger, more unified vision of how to better serve you.

As we move into 2019, we plan to continue improving our solutions and customer experiences in new ways, so that your company can benefit even more. Actsoft remains committed to helping your business find true efficiency, optimization, and all the tools it needs to stay an industry leader throughout the holidays and beyond. So here’s to the success of your company, as 2018 comes to an end and the new year begins to roll in.

Happy holidays and merry Christmas from us at Actsoft, and may your organization’s season be filled with success.

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12.07
2018

Office Holiday Party Etiquette 101

The year’s end is nigh, and you know what that means, right? Of course, there are last-minute year-end goals, checking the numbers, meeting quotas, and all the stuff that matters the most when it comes to running a successful business. But there’s one particular event that everyone, no matter what position you’re in, looks forward to the most.

The company holiday party!

But when it comes to whooping it up at the year-end shindig, there is — or rather, there should be — a limitation to the amount of said whooping. You may be celebrating off hours, but at the end of the day, you are still at a work function. That being said, we wanted to present a few simple rules that everyone should keep in mind during the holiday season.

What (Not) to Wear
The office holiday party is the perfect excuse for you to get all gussied up in your Sunday best. Even if you work in the most casual office in the country, leave the t-shirt and jeans at home and pull out all the stops. You’ll make a memorable statement and a lasting impression … plus it’s just fun to dress to the nines every now and then.

Be a Social Butterfly
Do you find yourself working with the same small group of people and therefore always socializing with them? Try to branch out and mingle with colleagues from other departments. You’re all integral parts of a well-oiled machine, helping to keep the company running. Get to know each other a little better. This type of interpersonal communication can really help develop better interactions in a professional setting down the road.

Eat, Drink, and Be … Wary
More often than not, libations will be flowing at your company party. Whether there are simply glasses of wine circulating or a full bar scenario, be sure to know your limit. The idea is to have a good time, and that likely doesn’t include saying (or doing) something you’ll later regret. You may not remember it, but everyone else will.

Mind Your Conversations
In the same vein as the previous, don’t forget that, while everyone here may be cutting loose, it’s still a work event. Avoid uncomfortable/wholly unprofessional topics of conversation and think twice about overly negative comments. When in doubt, rely on the same style banter you would while on the clock.

Choose Guests Wisely
You know your friends better than anyone else at the party. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring a plus-one, make sure you know them well enough to know how they’ll behave. Whether or not you think it’s fair, their actions at the party directly reflect on you. Bring someone you’d feel comfortable leaving on their own for a few minutes if you have to excuse yourself at any point.

Salutations
You wouldn’t go to a party at a friend’s house without talking to your friend at some point, right? Just the same, take a few minutes to say hello to, and thank, the host of your holiday party: most likely the company’s owner. It’s another way to make a good impression and to just really show some genuine appreciation for them being gracious enough to put together a fun end-of-year gathering.

These aren’t tough — or even stringent — rules to follow, but they help to make sure everyone enjoys their holiday celebration, while still being able to look forward to a pleasant Monday morning at the office.

Happy holidays from Actsoft!

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11.30
2018

Holiday Travel and Fleet Tracking

As we discussed recently, Thanksgiving is the holiday that ushers in the unofficial start to the end-of-year holiday travel season. And it’s no secret that, particularly during this exceptionally busy travel season, you can expect to pay a premium when it comes to air transportation. This year, travelers can expect to pay nearly $400 for domestic round-trip airfare, a pretty steep price to pay (especially this time of year) when budgets are stretched thin by the spirit of giving.

So it should come as no surprise that many travelers choose to seek out alternative modes of travel during the winter months, all in the name of saving money. (Not to mention, for relatively local travel, it can be a time-saver and it alleviates you of the added stress of dealing with airports when crowds are at their worst.)

Because of this, bus travel has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. With new, growing numbers of passengers taking to the road instead of the air, the industry quickly realized it had to adapt to a wide variety of travel preferences. This resulted in a whole slew of enhancements being made, including the addition of amenities like Wi-Fi, on-screen entertainment, satellite radio, and even meals served. Travelers can now even choose between ultra-affordable, middle-of-the-road, and luxury buses.

What does all of this mean for you, as a transportation provider? Passengers have come to expect a lot more, and they want you to deliver. Just like the airlines some now use as a backup plan, they want to know that their bus will pick them up, depart, and arrive at the intended destination on time.

Our solution means that you can keep track of every bus in your fleet, so you know exactly where each vehicle is, in near real-time. Because of the flexibility of our software and its ability to integrate with other programs, you can feed this information into tools that then relay it to your customers, keeping them as up-to-date as possible.

Additionally, during a time when congestion on the roads (particularly highways) can be at peak levels, we can help you relay alternative route suggestions to drivers that can allow them to bypass as much as possible. You’ll save on the expense from gas wasted while needlessly idling in potentially avoidable traffic and keep all those eager travelers appeased. (Trust us. Even as passengers, anxiety while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic is a real thing.)

Driver safety is another factor that directly impacts both your bottom line and customer satisfaction. With our tracking devices, you can keep a record of your driver’s behavior, including speeding, hard accelerating, and hard braking. Speeding puts your driver, your fleet, and your customers at risk, which can then lead to major expenses, whether from a damaged reputation or (worse) actual injuries suffered. Hard acceleration is a great way to waste gas. And hard braking is dangerous and makes your passengers uncomfortable.

If you haven’t implemented any vehicle tracking into your fleet before now, you’re doing yourself, your company, and your customers a great disservice. We can help you deliver a tremendous experience while also putting money back into your pocket. And there’s no better time to take your company to the next level than right now, as we approach one of the biggest travel times of the year.

You’ll thank us. And then your customers will thank you.

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