12.06
2019

How to Help Your Employees Avoid Holiday Stress

This time of year can be stressful for everyone. As the temperatures continue to drop and the holidays draw ever closer, there are myriad factors — both inside and outside the workplace — that can really lay on the pressure, cause tensions to rise, and negatively affect job performances across the board. This is the time when people stress out about things like finances, increased production expectations due to seasonal vacations, and even the trepidatious road conditions they’re constantly faced with.

As an employer, it’s in your best interest to do whatever you can to facilitate productivity at your company. One of the best ways to do this is to keep your employees happy and as stress-free as possible. Here, a few simple extra steps you can take to help make this happen.

Schedule time off well in advance.
When the holidays roll around, it’s not ideal to have last-minute time-off requests. Your employees may feel extra pressure if they suddenly discover they’re needed to help out due to unplanned PTO. During this notoriously busy vacation time, it makes sense to require that employees submit requests ahead of time. You’re left with plenty of time to schedule accordingly, and your team has time to mentally prepare for busy days.

Schedule an event.
A holiday-related celebration for employees gives them something to look forward to; a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. If business demands allow for it, hosting during regular office hours makes it even more appealing.

Provide food.
It’s a small gesture, but it goes a long way. Buying lunch for the team on an especially busy day — and making sure they have some work-free time to enjoy it — can be a gesture that prevents someone from reaching their breaking point.

Ease up the dress code.
If you have a stringent dress code — and interaction with clients allows for it — loosen up some of the rules this time of year. You’d be surprised at how much a simple thing like wearing jeans can do to boost morale.

Think about deadlines.
Not everything has a hard deadline, so if there’s a project that can be pushed back or expedited, let your team know. Give them the flexibility to work at an efficient pace. And try not to assign big projects that require a last-minute scramble. Personal lives are exceptionally busy as well this time of year, so the simple act of being mindful of deadlines in relation to the approaching holidays can make all the difference.

Give them the gift of efficiency.
Our suite of tools helps make any workplace a much more efficient place to be, lifting a lot of the stressors that can bog your team down. With features that help manage workloads — especially beneficial during this busy holiday season — and make tedious processes more expeditious, Encore can help your team accomplish more while feeling less overwhelmed.

It’s the little things that can make a big difference in the moment. But it’s the long-term planning, such as using an effective solution like Encore, that makes a huge, lasting difference. Happy holidays!

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11.22
2019

Using Actsoft Solutions to Sustain Your Business

Reliability is a big part of what we develop our applications for at Actsoft. We place a heavy emphasis on making our solutions ultra-dependable in order to help your business ingrain every feature of them into routine operations for consistent, sustained support that continues to elevate the power of your workforce.

Versatility is another philosophy we’ve made essential to the design process of our solutions. For our customers, having a single application to address many of the challenges associated with managing mobile employees, assets, and vehicles is critically important. Michael Courter, Actsoft’s vice president of product management, knows the value of consolidation and adaptability as two essential traits for our software, and he’s continuously learning about new ways in which they’re improving processes for our clients.

“One of my favorite things to do is to go out and visit with customers. It’s important to see how they are using the product and gain feedback on how we can make things even better,” said Courter. “As part of this, it’s always amazing to see how leveraging Actsoft solutions has made an impact on so many businesses. From using forms to capture information, leveraging GPS Tracking and Job Dispatching to save time and money, or using geofence alerts or other methods of communication throughout the software, companies have transformed how they do business.”

Courter believes in the power of what Actsoft solutions can do for organizations of any size. Through systems integration that provides adaptability to workforces, as well as a suite of features to streamline communication, our products bring dispersed staff closer together and reduce gaps in their teams’ productivity, efficiency, and transparency.

“Implementing technology that connects the office to the field not only saves our customers money,” Courter said. “It also continues to help them truly provide better service in order to gain and retain more of their own customer base.”

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11.12
2019

Shipping During the Holiday Season and Actsoft Solutions

In 2017, UPS estimated that they’d be shipping nearly 750 million packages during the course of the entire holiday season. This year, that number isn’t likely to drop. With a steadily increasing number of gifts being given around Christmastime, companies that are in charge of package transportation must use technology and precision to ensure that there are as few delivery hiccups as possible.

At Actsoft, we engineer digital solutions that help streamline operations for companies in industries like transportation for both the driver and the administrator. By making things easier for all employees involved in the shipping process, our solutions help delivery businesses maintain efficiency, even during their busiest quarters of the year. Two applications in particular that we offer are essential for transportation companies: ELD and GPS Tracking.

Powered by VisTracks, our Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution enables delivery drivers to focus strictly on safe and efficient driving by automatically logging their active time behind the wheel. Rather than having to manually fill out nationally mandated forms for Hours of Service (HOS), semi-truck operators can reach their destinations as quickly and safely as possible with instant documentation preventing their attention from being diverted toward cumbersome paperwork tasks. Information about rest compliance that’s automatically logged on a driver-by-driver basis is readily available to administrators and can help reduce their business’s potential to incur regulatory fines.

On the administrative side, our solutions’ GPS Tracking feature enables location positioning to help keep cargo and trucks safe, even if they become separated from one another. Track semi-truck trailers, the vehicles themselves, and even employees during working hours with accuracy from our software’s live view map. Monitoring all mobile operations via GPS technology helps keep fuel usage optimized, package containers secure, and drivers accountable.

With the power of Actsoft solutions, transportation businesses can maintain ultimate control on their operations. Cut costs for your delivery company and keep efficiency high throughout the frenzied pace of the holiday season using our mobile management software.

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10.21
2019

How to Make Data Work For You

Every day companies are collecting data, whether intentionally seeking it out or as a byproduct from conducting business as usual. This information is usually varied and potentially meaningful, from customer service queries and sales information to ethnographic and geographic statistics. All of it can make an impact on your business if its properly understood and used to inform strategy. According to “Hypotheses in Marketing Science: Literature Review and Publication Audit” by J. Scott Armstrong, Roderick J. Brodie, and Andrew G. Parsons, marketing research uses the scientific method in that data is collected and analyzed to test prior notions or hypotheses. Experts in marketing research have found that studies featuring multiple and often competing hypotheses yield more meaningful results than those featuring only one dominant hypothesis. Therefore, objective analysis coupled with a few hypotheses and a structured series of tests may be the smartest way to yield positive results.

With so many avenues from which companies are receiving information, figuring out how to capture that information, or even how much of it to capture can be daunting. (Do we need to figure out how many clients with red trucks are purchasing a particular product, and if there’s a trend?) However, the good news is that with the acceleration of technological progress, there’s also more access to data-capturing tools, and at more affordable costs. Who knows? You may even have those tools now, but don’t realize it.

Actsoft’s Wireless Forms is a perfect example of a solution that provides various functionality, including data capture and analysis. Many clients use these forms, which replace cumbersome paper variations, simply for placing orders. This is fantastic as it saves them time, energy, and tons of money on paper costs and storage. But many are missing out on leveraging all that data they’re collecting to spot trends among their customers. And what’s more, this component of Wireless Forms is included in the monthly costs, so it costs nothing extra to get reports, charts, graphs, and more. All you need to do is set the parameters and let our software do the rest.

In this day and age, when more and more people are competing for business, it’s necessary to take advantage of every opportunity to gain insight into your customer base to hit that sweet spot others might be missing … even if just barely.

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09.23
2019

Practical Uses for Form Workflows

As one of the most dynamic tools that our Wireless Forms feature has to offer, Form Workflows* is an essential way for companies using our solutions to streamline their documentation processes. This is done through employees digitally sending incomplete forms from one mobile device to the next, allowing them to fill out any relevant information in a seamless chain of command. In addition to helping your staff save time, Form Workflows can also help enhance the accuracy of your documents’ data, as well as allow you to implement authorization processes for submitted forms. Personnel who have greater permissions are able to reject and send back an electronic document once it’s been submitted to them to the previous user if there are certain portions missing or if the data is incorrect. Here are a few practical ways that Form Workflows can be used in three different industries:

Construction

A construction company can rely on Form Workflows to track the near real-time progress of their building projects with documentation routing. As certain aspects of a project gradually become finished, the teams that were responsible for their completion can fill in details about the construction site’s timeline and send them back wirelessly for management at the home office to review.

Healthcare

For healthcare organizations, monitoring medical services delivered remains key for quality control and verification purposes. Using Form Workflows, these companies can store and transmit data back to headquarters in a highly secure environment, giving individuals on their administrative teams extra abilities to sign off on and evaluate details about conducted patient visits.

Transportation

Moving cargo is easier to do by using Form Workflows to help trace vehicle stops and shipment statuses. Truck drivers who are taking goods from the warehouse to the airport for worldwide distribution can use a tandem of Form Workflows and Signature Capture to ensure that deliveries are successfully handed off. As a result, customer service can remain optimized, as increasingly efficient workflow tracking provides more realistic package arrival times for the clients awaiting them.

Find out more about how Form Workflows can help your organization implement accuracy checklists, save your company time and money, and improve its service levels to customers today.

*Form Workflows is a feature exclusively available to users of Encore’s Ultimate tier.

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08.27
2019

A Synopsis of Encore Vault

Our Encore Vault solution is built to encompass all the additional security measures your organization may need over its data, communications, and analytics. Backed by Advanced Threat Protection for Microsoft Azure (ATP), Vault is a highly secure version of our flagship application that is an ideal fit for companies who require additional safety protocols.

At Actsoft, our staff have been through stringent training sessions in order to make sure that the services and engineering processes we abide by align with any and all security regulations; as a result, we’re able to provide a product that can now even more directly assist businesses in verticals like healthcare, professional service, and the public sector.

Encore Vault’s Wireless Forms feature supports compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which remains a necessity for many businesses, particularly those in healthcare. In addition to incurring costly fines, organizations whose documentation procedures don’t comply with federal mandates may be subject to additional sanctions; Vault’s ability to help check the compliance boxes for your company allows you to benefit from its features even faster and keep fines away. Affordable solutions for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) are also offered with Vault, making it a truly dynamic and useful application in the healthcare space.

Aside from HIPAA compliance, Wireless Forms with increased security measures is valuable to organizations in other industries like professional service and the public sector. For these fields, remote data collection needs to stay highly secure, and with ATP locking down form transmissions, organizations in verticals like these can still reap benefits of saved time, money, and heightened efficiency. Data breaches can also be incredibly costly to recover from for any company’s bottom line; Vault helps mitigate data loss potential with geo-redundant storage, expanding the ways that your company can stay protected.

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08.13
2019

What a Company Mission Statement Should Accomplish

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, effective communication is essential to success in the world of business. How your message comes across to both prospective customers and your internal team alike matters, and perhaps one of the best ways to send a powerful and meaningful one to all is through a thoughtful mission statement that sticks. Your organization’s mission statement should:

Unite the company toward a common goal

One crucial benefit of a good mission statement is its ability to get everyone on the same page internally. The primary purpose of your organization should be carefully reflected in the diction used within the statement, and it should also be readily available to employees, especially those who interact with customers on a daily basis. Another important thing to do is to welcome feedback from all of your staff regarding the message. This helps to ensure that everyone is onboard, ready to start collectively moving in the direction that company leadership has outlined. Requesting input can even foster more effective collaboration amongst your personnel once the statement’s concept has been established.

Provide an accurate, professional description of your corporate identity to customers

Start with an identification process that considers everything your organization does, and then try to whittle it down into a few simple statements. What is your corporate identity? Asking this question first can help your team pinpoint the sheer scope of everything your company hopes to provide to its customers, and then find greater clarity when going about formulating the best way to convey that to them.

Express the values that your organization upholds in a concise but powerful manner

Above anything else, make sure your team’s mission statement encompasses your business’s key principles and ethics points. However, try to keep brevity and consistency in mind when beginning to compose the statement, especially when including your company’s values. Too many words or unrelated ideas can be confusing, defeating the purpose of having a mission statement in the first place. Lastly, verify that the message passes compliance with any and all branding guidelines as a final litmus test before publishing. With these tips in mind, feel free to craft a renewed mission statement that offers a fresh new perspective and refocused company vision for your team heading into the second half of the year.

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07.30
2019

What is Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)?

Technology is rapidly changing the ways that businesses in the healthcare industry reach and serve their patients. A relevant example of this is through Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), a type of system that helps companies document proof of their service delivered to patients. EVV is especially crucial for home healthcare providers with mobile medical staff as they make visits to clients in the field.

Aside from providing key returns like reduced paper costs, more secure data storage and transmission, and efficient workforce coordination, an EVV solution can help your healthcare organization remain in compliance with federal mandates, as healthcare companies will eventually be required to implement one, according to the 21st Century Cures Act. The implementation deadline is January 1, 2020, for Personal Care Services; Home Healthcare Services must have an EVV solution by January 1, 2023, in order to avoid fines and stay in regulation.

There are six key data elements that an EVV system must track: patient names, dates, locations, types of service performed, the home health provider’s name, and the start and finish times of care delivered. Recently, we released Encore Vault, a version of our flagship solution whose EVV options let you capture this information. Encore Vault contains even more features for enhanced security and is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This new tier’s timekeeping- and scheduling-based options for EVV give healthcare companies like yours the flexibility they need to select a plan that works for them.

Benefits of Encore Vault include:

  • The ability to eliminate overbilling by pinpointing and logging visits
  • The ability to reduce insurance fraud and falsely filed invoices with GPS-tagged records
  • Enhanced worker safety
  • Timestamped trips by caregivers for accurate visit times
  • A highly secure messaging platform to communicate on

Unlike most lower price point EVV applications, Encore Vault also offers GPS Tracking as a complement to all of its proof of service delivery functionalities. See the near real-time positions of your mobile nurses and delivery people to verify that they’re at the correct locations, help them choose the most fuel- and time-efficient routes to patient homes, and increase workforce accountability using this intuitive feature. With our diverse EVV solutions, your organization can stay compliant and optimize its daily visit schedules through improved locational insight. Find out more today about what Encore Vault can do to help your healthcare company better serve its patients.

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07.24
2019

The Customization Abilities of Encore

Actsoft’s premier mobile resource management solution, Encore, offers multiple customization options, allowing users to craft a version of it that works best for their business practices. Three of the most powerful customizations possible with Encore are being able to brand the application to your business, choose certain modules over others, and run selected reports that have specialized data sets.

Branding

Make our solution truly yours by altering its look and feel to fit your business’s brand. Select different color schemes for your interface and easily import your company’s logo into the application to integrate Encore with your business’s message and existing employee workflows. Having an application that’s in compliance with your company’s brand can also help staff become acclimated with the solution more expediently.

Module Customization

Encore gives companies the ability to choose only the features they can benefit from the most with module customization. With options for Timekeeping, Wireless Forms, GPS Tracking, Job Dispatching, and more, Encore helps your team improve upon the biggest weaknesses in your mobile workforce’s operations, ensuring you’re only paying for the capabilities you need.

“Companies today are looking for an adjustable, bespoke business application like Encore,” said Xavier Charles, Actsoft’s director of marketing. “Encore is built in a modular format, allowing organizations to truly tailor the solution’s features strictly to what their businesses require and nothing they don’t. While many other solutions offer too many unnecessary features at too high of a price, our affordable-but-powerful solution puts the business owner in control by letting them customize its functionalities to their company’s specific needs.”

Custom Reporting

Focus solely on the metrics that you need and nothing else using Custom Reporting. Having to sift through irrelevant information while reviewing generalized reports can slow down productivity for your team, make it harder to pinpoint analytics that directly impact revenue, and drain bandwidth; Custom Reporting eliminates these issues by allowing your admins to send reports to selected individuals and tailor them to only include key data points.

Encore’s customization abilities work to make versatility achievable for your workforce. Contact us today to find out more about how your organization can gain benefits like increased revenue, more informed decision-making, and streamlined productivity using the power of our ultra-tailorable solution.

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07.16
2019

Managing a Construction Worksite with Encore

In any construction operation, it’s critical for the office to know what’s happening at its project locations in near real-time. However, managing workforce safety, asset security, and employee accountability all at once can prove to be a difficult task for supervisors to maintain if the right solutions aren’t being used. Actsoft’s flagship application Encore enables construction companies to get the most out of their operations by helping them better protect their equipment, stay in OSHA compliance, and remain on track with building project timelines. Here are just a few of the useful features Encore can provide to companies looking to enhance the ways they manage their construction worksites:

Intra-Company Messaging

Build stronger communication channels between your managers and construction workers in the field by using Intra-Company Messaging to relay new information on the fly. Desktop-to-handset integration allows your administrators at the office to message multiple employees at once, saving time and resources. Past conversations can also be reviewed for reference if need be, and your team members can relay project statuses or any new materials requests back to the office using this powerful tool.

GPS Tracking and Geofences

Communication between headquartered administrators and your remote teams is certainly valuable, but our solution takes workforce insight a step further than just Intra-Company Messaging. With GPS Tracking and Geofences, you can draw specified digital boundaries around your building sites on Encore’s live view map, see employee and equipment locations, and be notified any time the perimeters are breached by tracked points of interest. Enhance the transparency of your workforce by using this tandem of tools to help ensure tasks are being completed and that employees are at their assigned locations during working hours.

Asset Recovery

Leave the heavy machinery your company needs in the field overnight and monitor it with Encore’s GPS-enabled technology. If one of your tracked assets becomes lost, you can see its position via the solution’s live view map and easily recover it. In addition to helping prevent expensive costs to replace stolen or misplaced equipment, you can use asset tracking to make sure that no tools are being used improperly after working hours have ceased for the day. Encore’s proficiency in improving workforce, asset, and fleet efficiency makes it a powerful companion for any construction business.

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