07.19
2019

Heat Waves and Bad-Weather Management

It sure looks like it’s gonna be another hot one out there, eh?

Ah, weather. That go-to, default topic reserved especially for workplace conversations when, well, frankly you aren’t sure what else to talk about in a given situation. (Think: when you’re waiting for the elevator to finish its slow crawl to your floor so you can finally be on your way.)

Well, that’s typically the case anyway. But if you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent days (or years, really), then you know the weather is actually a hot-button topic. Right now, Europe is not-so-eagerly awaiting its second bout of record-breaking temperatures expected to hit next week. This comes just three weeks after the first heat wave of the year, which saw an all-time high temperature in France.

Stateside, the Midwest and East Coast are both bracing for impact, so to speak, as temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s and 100s over the weekend, with the possibility of surpassing even 110 degrees in some areas, and there is little expected relief to look forward to even after the sun dips below the horizon. (It’s so bad, New York City actually canceled its much-anticipated triathlon this weekend, the first time its ever had to do this.)

Of course, this is on par with an apparent influx in severe weather many have been experiencing in recent years, whether it’s storms hitting harder and more frequently than they ever have before, or sparse amounts of regular rainfall helping fuel rampant wildfires.

Depending on your business, weather can have a severe impact on your day-to-day operations. If you’re flying blind, so to speak, you might find yourself at a bit of a loss when chaos throws your plans into disarray. But you’ll find yourself in a much better position if you have a management system in place that helps you easily oversee your employees’ activities throughout the day.

For example, should the weather result in one or more emergencies warranting immediate attention, you can use GPS Tracking to determine which team member(s) are best positioned to handle the situation. Then use our Job Dispatching feature to send the new work order(s) and reprioritize so your workers can change course.

If severe weather is impacting your company’s ability to do its job due to safety concerns, you can quickly disperse a secure, team-wide message to the masses, giving them important updates — such as telling them to pack up and seek shelter — that help to make sure everyone receives the same message across the board.

Timekeeping will help you keep track of all those odd hours your workers might be pulling due to weather-related shifts in duties. The GPS stamp on each time punch verifies their locations while on the clock, and you can run ad hoc reports to keep on top of overtime to help make sure it’s evenly dispersed, if necessary.

Next time you find yourself at a loss for original conversation, at least you now know that weather can actually be the jumping-off point for bigger, business-related conversation. And hopefully, that conversation eventually leads to further discussion about a solution — our solution — to your weather-related business conundrums.

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07.12
2019

That Busy CEO Life and How Actsoft Can Help

Recently, while perusing the latest tech headlines, as I’m wont to do, I came across a headline that stood out to me for two reasons. One: Even though it was clearly labeled a sponsored post, I actually felt compelled enough by the headline to click through, which is a rarity for me. (Kudos, Mashable, you clever monkey.) Two: It promised to show the day of one New York City–based CEO in 60 seconds … a New York minute, if you will. Given the nature of the company I worked for, I thought it would be both interesting and insightful to get a little glimpse of what that life can be like.

If you’re a business owner, you’re more than familiar with the concept of nonstop busy days. Days where, between your personal responsibilities and your work obligations, your waking hours are pretty much spoken for. But as we’ve mentioned in the past, as important as it is to give your all in making sure your company is a thriving success, it’s just as vital that you carve out time to maintain some semblance of a work-life balance.That’s why it’s essential to find and implement the right tools that serve to streamline processes, cut out unnecessary steps, and improve efficiency in your day-to-day activities. That’s exactly where we come into the picture.

Using our suite of tools, business owners are given the ability to simplify many of the daily tasks they and their team undertake. Timely procedures are sped up, leaving your workers with more time during the day during which they can take on more work orders, increasing your company’s bottom line.

As a business owner, you can rely more on your management team to mold your field workers into a synergetic efficiency machine using these day-to-day tools. This lets you focus on the bigger picture, which our tools also help with while removing the necessity of being on-site as frequently as you would need to be otherwise.

Using our system, you can pull up top-level overviews of the goings on at your business, running reports on everything from timekeeping (to make sure employees aren’t clocking egregious amounts of overtime due to early/offsite punching in/out) to vehicle paths (to curb inefficiently long routes driven between job sites, as well as excessively wasteful idling times). Forms that require your signature, such as expense reports, can all be digitized and sent to your phone, letting you quickly sign off and pass them along to your accounting team for faster processing.

All of this — and so much more — can be done using our tools. Not to mention, our recently released Manager App gives you all of this functionality from your mobile device, so you don’t even have to be at a desktop anymore, giving you so much more flexibility to run your business without giving up your social life.

Our job is to make your job easier. Because part of owning a successful business is being able to make the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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07.10
2019

Talent Is Not the Key to Success

You might be surprised by what is. In a word: organization. The ability to assemble a variety of moving parts in such a way that they work efficiently is the key to any company’s success — whether you own an accounting firm or doughnut shop. Understanding and managing the flow of daily operations can save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars. And with today’s user-friendly technology, more and more people are adopting software solutions to help them streamline their processes and manage employee activities, meetings, appointments, and projects.

“Time management isn’t just a personal productivity issue over which companies have no control. It has increasingly become an organizational issue whose root causes are deeply embedded in corporate structures and cultures,” says Aaron De Smet in McKinsey Quarterly, speaking on the necessity of sound time management throughout a company’s internal structure.

From Forbes to the Wall Street Journal to week-long trainings and seminars, there are countless articles citing top organizational applications while managers across the country attend high-ticket conferences on, you got it: How to get organized.

Actosft’s suite of solutions helps to optimize daily performance through a wide range of functions designed to make each minute count. They were also designed to help employees reduce the amount of busy work they do so that areas like innovation, customer service, and critical thinking–oriented issues can take precedence.

Features of these two solutions include meaningful ways to tackle some of the most common communication and administrative tasks of most companies and organizations, such as:

  • Instant Visibility View your entire workload and status updates for each job, assignment, stop, or project.
  • Drag-and-Drop Dispatching Assign work simply with a drag-and-drop interface and workers will be notified with each update.
  • No Lost Paperwork Attach Wireless Forms to orders and collect job updates, inventory utilized, before and after pictures, and signatures.
  • Calendars and Scheduling Sync workforce availability with customer schedules.
  • Detailed Profiles Create detailed profiles of your customers and employees while having complete access to current workload and job history.

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02.20
2019

3 Ways Encore’s Traffic Overlay Feature Benefits Businesses

At Actsoft, we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of what our applications can do so you can continue to witness high returns on investment. We do this by adding capabilities on a quarterly basis and rolling out enhancements to our application that refine the power of our existing features, creating new ways for you to improve your business plan.

Traffic Overlay is an enhancement we recently made to Encore’s GPS Tracking feature. Providing color-coded glimpses into near real-time traffic patterns, Traffic Overlay helps your supervisors identify and plan for drivers to take routes that are least affected by roadway congestion. Here are some of the key benefits this tool can provide to businesses like yours:

Less idle time

Use Traffic Overlay to reduce the amount of idle time that your company’s drivers must deal with by having them avoid high congestion areas, whenever it may be possible. As sitting idle in traffic takes a toll on the long-term performance of your vehicles and puts unnecessary stress on your remote employees, keeping your fleet mobile can improve equipment longevity and the mental health of your staff.

Faster response times

The time of both your employees and customers is valuable, especially during critical situations. Use Traffic Overlay to enhance punctuality across your workforce and fulfill the needs of your clientele faster, on average. Dispatchers can use the feature to see what routes are clearest, helping field employees get to the job sites they need to be at quickly.

Lower fuel costs

It’s obvious that a 30-minute drive with open roadways is going to burn less gasoline than an hour-long trip spent mostly in bumper-to-bumper traffic. When played out over the course of a year, this disparity can cause your business’s fuel costs to soar if the most efficient routes aren’t being selected beforehand. Traffic Overlay allows your team to increase its savings by displaying congestion levels in near real-time, making it easy to pick routes that are optimal.

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01.28
2019

Running Your Business While Employees are on Vacation

At some point, every individual working full time needs the ability to take a few days off for relaxation and rejuvenation, as it enables them to pursue a high level of long-term productivity at work. However, if you’re running a business, juggling your employees’ vacation time requests can be difficult, especially if many of them are submitted for the same timeframe. Here are three ways that Actsoft solutions can help you remain in control of your business, whenever it might be short-staffed.

Mobile Timekeeping

Allow your employees to clock in and out from their mobile devices, and save time. Our solutions are equipped to help mobile workforces like yours spend less time on unnecessary trips to and from the office, and more at work sites instead. Despite any staffing shortages you might have to deal with during peak vacation seasons, you can still ensure that the employees you do have working are given additional time to be productive by letting them start their days as soon as they enter their work vehicles.

Wireless Forms

With Actsoft’s Wireless Forms feature, your staff can submit documents wirelessly and fill them out from mobile devices. Enhance the efficiency of your operations by using a digital system to manage and store PTO requests for vacation, as well as many other types of documents that can be customized to your organization’s needs. Through the power of this feature, benefit from streamlined information flows and a modernized approach to workforce management.

Job Dispatching

Job Dispatching makes team coordination easier than ever to accomplish, because it lets you see the near real-time positions of your remote employees during working hours and communicate new instructions to them. Make adjustments on the fly to various job assignments, and ensure that there’s enough staff at each respective point of interest. Effectively rerouting employees with this feature helps your company save revenue over time, and continuously make the most of your available labor.

As important as it is for employees to take advantage of their allotted vacation days, the show must still go on for your business, no matter how many team members are away from the office at a given time. Use Actsoft solutions to optimize productivity, coordinate with simplicity, and remove the stress from managing during times of worker scarcity.

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01.08
2019

Corporate Growth and Motivating Employees

As any corporation experiences growth, the need to cultivate new leaders within it will naturally exist. For many employees, the prospect of eventually rising to a management role is something that they strive for, and if your organization is continuing to expand, there’s nothing but positive trajectory for everyone.

With corporate growth, however, comes the need to develop the skills of staff. Over time, the valuable traits that each of your employees bring to the table for your business’s success should be identified, refined, and highlighted. Effective management starts with empowering those around you, and routinely motivating them through the progression of their abilities.

If there’s potential for growth within your company, better candidates may be more enticed to take open positions, allowing you to hire only the most impactful people. Individuals that truly make a difference for your organization typically all have strong work ethics, and new positions created during times of expansion can help to put in place additional structure for your organization.

By using Actsoft solutions to help your team flourish, you can provide your employees with clearer paths to success. Features of our digital products like GPS Tracking, Dispatching, and Wireless Forms all continue to play an active role in helping countless businesses reduce the costs of their operations, and maintain higher standards of efficiency. As any company’s bottom line must be in good standing before more employees can be brought on, our solutions can help to increase workforce productivity and efficiency, saving additional funds. New hiring is a huge benefit, and a great sign that growth is occurring. It also leaves room for tenured staff to potentially achieve positions of leadership.

If staff feel empowered to ascend in their careers, the ramifications for your business are huge. Employee productivity as a whole can increase, and you’ll be able to continue effectively growing your company. To gain a better handle on growth, bring down operational costs, and make promoting your team members easier, allow Actsoft’s suite of applications to help.

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12.18
2018

Optimizing Your Fantasy Football Team for the Playoffs

If your fantasy football team is fortunate enough to still be relevant this time of year, consider yourself blessed. Maybe you’ve been combing through every last shred of fantasy football advice you can find, scouring the waiver wire for players that can give your team the competitive edge it needs. Or, maybe you’ve barely paid attention to it and have somehow lucked your way into the postseason. Regardless, it’s a privilege to be one of the final teams left standing, no matter if there’s a cash prize or simply water cooler bragging rights to be had for winning.

As obvious as it sounds, having an optimized roster for the fantasy football postseason will put your team in the best possible situation to come away with a win. Don’t overcomplicate or overthink your starter choices, and make sure you’re closely monitoring the injury reports. There’s nothing worse than one of your players potentially registering a zero when all the chips are on the line. Also, when choosing your championship roster, analytics can help, but I’ll always be a firm believer in going with the safe option: sticking with whatever lineup you’ve been able to most consistently win with thus far. There’s no point in trying to drastically reengineer something that was never broken to begin with.

Much like how optimizing your fantasy football lineup will give you the best shot at winning your playoff games, Actsoft solutions can help to optimize your business’s mobile workforce, and give it a competitive advantage over other companies in its market. For example, our products’ GPS Tracking and Dispatching features both provide boosts to productivity by saving employees time in the field, and helping them stay accountable. By using our software to manage and streamline operations, you’ll be able to save money, and empower a winning workforce.

While no amount of fantasy football research can fully predict what will happen come game time, our software remains consistently reliable at enhancing your business. Actsoft can provide you with steady returns on investment by helping your team save resources, stay punctual, and become more productive. Good luck in the playoffs!

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11.16
2018

Thanksgiving, the Holidays, and Managing Your Business

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With it marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. It’s a time when we all — even those of us down here in the Sunshine State — start to break out the warmer clothes as the mercury levels perpetually drop. It’s when you and your family come together to celebrate, catch up, and enjoy a plethora of hearty home-cooked meals (while dodging the uncomfortable questions about your life choices that inevitably come your way from that one distant relative you only see this time of year).

Beyond the gathering of friends and family, the roasted turkeys and hams, the piles of sugar cookies, and the exchange of gifts, there are still businesses to be run. And as a business owner, you know by now that, similar to the slew of vacation requests that come in each and every summer, this is another time when work crews tend to be working at half capacity due to all the time off requests.

What does this mean for you? Simply that, during the holiday season, you need to make some adjustments in order to allow your staff the time off they’ve earned, while keeping up with business as normal. (Not to mention, you may actually be even busier than usual, so slowing down is not an option.)

That’s where our software comes in. When you have our solutions in place, the level of efficiency you’re able to run your business at increases exponentially. How? Here are a few examples.

Wireless Forms
Ditching those cumbersome paper forms is the easiest way to save time on the job. All the information your workers need to collect from customers, including signatures and photographs, is done and sent back to the home office in near real-time, directly from the field. With only pertinent information included on the forms and no illegible handwriting to decipher, this is processed much quicker. Plus, since workers no longer have to go back to the office to turn in stacks of paper, they can easily fit more customers into their daily schedules.

Dispatching
It’s one thing to have a carefully orchestrated schedule set up ahead of time, so you can prepare your team to tackle each days’ work in a way that makes the most sense. But as we all know, the unexpected is almost always bound to pop up. Customers cancel. New customer requests come in. People call out sick. Using our dispatching feature, you can see a top-level overview of each person’s schedules, availabilities, and current locations. So when new orders need to be assigned, you’re able to send it to the right people, fitting in as many as possible.

Timekeeping
With decreased staff numbers come increased hours for the ones holding the fort. Our mobile timekeeping solution not only lets staffers make the most of their workdays by eliminating the need to stop by the office before heading to the first job site, but also by letting management review hours worked no matter where they are. This helps administrators make smarter decisions when distributing tasks so that unnecessary overtime is avoided when possible, or at least minimized when unavoidable.

These are just three of the many tools in our suite of solutions. As you can see, there’s already so much they can do to help you run a more efficient business and, in doing so, increase your bottom line. Whether your business is in peak vacation season, or it’s just another normal workweek, you’re going to get the most out of your workers the minute our software becomes a part of your daily procedure. It will allow you to approach the holiday season — and every other time of the year — with far less stress, and more confidence that it will be business as usual … always.

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10.30
2018

How Inefficient Quarterback Play is Similar to Poor Management

Quarterback is far and away the most important role one could have in the game of football, and it’s arguably the most essential position in all of sports. No matter what a football team’s offense does, nearly everything is channeled through its quarterback orchestrating efficiency on a routine basis. Elite signal callers are experts at managing multiple responsibilities when directing scoring drives, and tend to make their best plays during high-pressure situations, while thousands spectate.

Generational talents at quarterback, like the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, can make up for personnel deficiencies on their team by elevating the effectiveness of players around them, and using an extensive knowledge of various pre-snap coverages to audible out of bad plays before they even have a chance to develop. They’re more than capable of putting their team on their back and carrying it to victory during less-than-ideal situations, especially whenever not a lot of extra help is available.

In addition to being tasked with directing excellent passing attacks, NFL quarterbacks are typically anointed as the faces of billion-dollar franchises, entities that are just as much businesses as they are ball clubs. Signal callers at the professional level become highly marketed for jersey sales, advertisements, and other forms of revenue streams. Quarterbacks that struggle at the professional level, however, often times cripple their team by negating effective drives with costly turnovers, and it’s no secret why when they don’t receive nearly the same kinds of lucrative contracts and endorsement deals that the superstars do. The game and position is constantly changing, but one thing will always remain essential: a need for long-term efficiency.

In this respect, running a business is in a lot of ways similar to quarterbacking an NFL team. Without a foundation of efficient, low-mistake management, today’s companies aren’t able to sustain success. The same goes for any NFL offense that’s under the guidance of a franchise gunslinger.

The best NFL quarterbacks are proficient at making adjustments, based on what they’re seeing from an opposing defense in near real-time. Much like managing a company with mobile employees, good quarterbacks are also versatile leaders through efficient communication with their team members. Features of Actsoft solutions such as Dispatching help businesses communicate better on the fly, and relay important updates or changes in workflows to mobile employees quickly.

In recent years, most NFL teams are relying on a throw-first offensive strategy, which enhances the importance of having a competent player under center even more. Learn how Actsoft solutions can help you better quarterback your team, and build a more productive, versatile, and efficiently-managed business today.

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10.23
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Healthcare

Much like the public sector, healthcare is often times a mission-critical industry. Mere minutes and seconds can have life-saving implications, especially when it comes to emergency response. Because of this, organizations that provide medical services need solutions that can keep them better in tune with their mobile employees. Crucial situations that call for clear, open lines of communication are more easily managed through Actsoft’s workforce management applications, and we take pride in being able to assist organizations that help those in need find greater efficiency.

Fleet Tracking

Ambulance fleets that are monitored using our solutions’ GPS tracking capabilities are better equipped to operate safer and more efficiently. Our fleet tracking applications go even further than traditional solutions by displaying data charts about the activities of each of your respective fleet vehicles, allowing you to make better, more informed decisions about your mobile workforce. Let Actsoft solutions help your team regularly reduce its ambulances’ fuel consumption and wear-and-tear today.

Dispatching

Easily make on the fly adjustments to your workforce using Actsoft’s Dispatching tool. Both palliative care services and EMS can use the power of mobile technology to strategically direct the different parts of their workforce in near real-time, as employee positions in the field help administrators dictate who should get routed to a new location. With Dispatching, your workers can receive nearly instant notifications of procedural adjustments to their handsets, making your team better-rounded and more versatile than ever before.

Wireless Forms

A system for digital documentation takes the guesswork out of filling out and submitting paperwork, and is an especially useful asset in a time-sensitive industry like healthcare. Wireless Forms lets healthcare companies fill out forms electronically, and aspects of the feature such as decision logic help to reduce entry errors by showing employees only relevant portions of a document to complete, based on their previous answers.

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