08.07
2019

How Excellent Communication Enhances Project Management

For any team project, effective communication is essential. Coordinating various tasks that need to be accomplished is much easier when there’s open communication between staff members and supervisors; however, this can be a struggle to maintain consistently at times.

Requesting feedback from your staff regarding how much work they’ve got on their schedules is an excellent way to encourage honesty, reduce overwhelming feelings for individuals in your organization, and pinpoint the objectives at hand with laser focus. It can also give you the best idea of who has additional availability to take on more work. However, there’s no way to gauge expendable bandwidth without solid communication. David Knight, Actsoft’s vice president of customer experience believes that without clear connectivity, collaborative efforts will become limited for a workforce.

“The key to teamwork is collaboration, which can only be achieved with effective communication,” said Knight. “Effective communication keeps teams on the same page at the same time, but more importantly, helps teams avoid conflicts and misunderstandings, which reduce collaboration.”

If everyone in your company is on the same page, meeting deadlines also becomes infinitely easier. A mission statement is a great way to communicate your business’s vision, uniting your workforce around a central theme that keeps staff up to date with the values and objectives that your organization is striving to accomplish during project execution.

Actsoft’s solutions offer intuitive features to make project management easier through enhanced communication. Intra-Company Messaging and Job Dispatching help keep all aspects of your company in the know by providing platforms to securely transmit key information about jobs in the field, regardless of how far away your mobile employees may be. With the power of our applications, strengthen your business’s communication channels and improve the ways that your team collaborates on its daily projects.

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06.11
2019

Setting the Pace for Your Workforce

High productivity doesn’t necessarily mean just staying constantly busy. In fact, time management is perhaps the most crucial aspect to keeping productivity optimized for your workforce. Without a plan of how your team needs to be spending its working hours, you could actually end up setting your organization backwards a few steps.

To enhance time management and productivity, first start by outlining the jobs that your workforce needs to complete. Whether they’re revenue-based, retention-based, or internal, the importance level of each will be vital in helping your administrative team delegate its tasks. Arrange these initiatives by priority to help your entire company target its most pressing goals and better achieve them through clear, concise communication with the staff members that will complete them.

It’s also important to set a good pace for how realistic it will be for your team to finish each task. Do this by reviewing past projects, how long it took for those to get done, and evaluating any new steps that your current ones will require accordingly. Establishing realistic, flexible timeframes allows your employees to experience less pressure, effectively switch to new initiatives on the fly, and even deliver more consistently on deadlines.

Actsoft solutions are able to help you carve out a path to streamlined business strategy execution using a wealth of tools. Our products provide near real-time analytics about your mobile workforce’s daily operations, assisting your management team with tracking ongoing job progress, keeping productivity optimized, and adjusting timelines if need be. Features of Actsoft applications like GPS Tracking and Timekeeping can even help you pinpoint areas of your employees’ workflows that could be further optimized for greater efficiency, like certain prohibited driving behaviors using company vehicles or instances of breaks taken too frequently.

With the power of our mobile resource management innovations, poise your organization for more reliable pacesetting, additional savings, and greater growth.

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04.17
2019

3 Ways Actsoft Solutions Provide Return on Investment

At Actsoft, our primary goal is to build solutions that offer your business the most possible return on investment. In engineering our Encore solution, we’ve managed to integrate multiple different features within a single application, providing mobile workforces like yours with necessary tools to gain maximum ROI. Here are three of the most important ways that our software products can help you see positive results on your bottom line.

Mileage

For companies that distribute fleet vehicles to their mobile employees, managing miles on the job can be a challenging task. By providing near real-time locations of business vehicles, as well as route histories, our solutions can help keep employee accountability strong when it comes to what your staff are using their work vehicles for. If even just 10 employees out of a team of 50 are taking the scenic route to a frequented job site, adding an extra three miles to each of their daily trips in the process, that can add up significantly. With an average gasoline price per gallon of $2.20, the total annual loss comes to almost $1,650 on fuel alone.

Using our GPS-enabled solutions, you can easily identify the most efficient routes for your mobile employees to take daily and verify that they’re following designated paths. Check out our interactive ROI calculator to see specific, achievable savings that your organization could net from reduced fuel expenditure.

Data entry

Data entry is a tedious task that, while necessary, can chew up excessive amounts of time during the course of a workday. Thanks to Actsoft’s Wireless Forms and integration, however, your team can save valuable resources by eliminating it entirely. Instead of having to translate paperwork to digital storage, use Wireless Forms to input data directly from the field and seamlessly integrate it with a number of third-party systems.

Efficiency-driven revenue

Our solution’s Timekeeping feature helps to reduce unnecessary drive time for mobile employees by allowing them to clock in and out remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Instead of having to drive to and from the office to register time-punches, your mobile employees can use that extra saved time to accomplish more tasks, driving revenue even higher for your business.

Return on investment is something that we specialize in at Actsoft. Use our solutions to generate ROI by discovering more about your mobile workforce’s daily operations.

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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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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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08.22
2018

ELD: The Future of Transportation

Automation is the name of the game in 2018.

Businesses are increasingly in search of ways to take old, cumbersome processes and revamp them into contemporary forces of efficiency, and transportation companies in particular are a prime example of this trend. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are becoming viewed as the true future of the shipping industry as a whole.

Demand for reliable ELD technology stems from the need to standardize the methods in which transportation companies go about complying with federal regulations. The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has instituted mandates called Hours of Service (HoS) that require corporations to record and report certain information about their employees’ driving data. During roadside inspections, operators of semi-trucks must meet certain criteria derived from their logged information, particularly as it relates to drivers getting adequate amounts of rest. These HoS regulations were designed in part to help improve road safety, and reduce the potential for drivers to fall asleep at the wheel during lengthy cross-country travels.

If a corporation’s drivers don’t comply with HoS mandates, their business risks having to pay costly fines, or even worse: they may risk higher possibilities of car crashes involving employees. Injuries and lawsuits from roadway accidents are two things that all transportation companies seek to avoid as much as possible, which makes ELD an especially valuable tool of the 21st century.

ELD solutions help to improve operations for transportation companies by automating the logging of driver data, making it easier than ever for them to avoid HoS infractions. Our ELD solution is powered by VisTracks, and it relies on a unique software/hardware combination to track driving information. Through minimal training requirements, on-screen documentation tools, and easy-to-use administration features, our solution remains one of the most intuitive on the market.

With Actsoft’s fully FMCSA-certified ELD application, allow your company’s drivers to focus on driving safely and efficiently by digitizing their driving information. Let our solution eliminate the hassles of logging travel data, and in turn increase your team’s productivity, accuracy, and bottom line savings today.

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08.07
2018

Encore Updates: Manager App, Security Enhancements, and More

At Actsoft, we’re constantly creating new ways to advance the power of our business solutions, and our latest product update is just another example of how we’re continuing to elevate the bar in both telematics and workforce management alike. Here’s everything that our latest release has to offer to users of Encore, our flagship solution.

Manager App

This new feature is designed to bring an extra measure of versatility to your mobile operations. With our Manager App, your company’s administrators can view the near real-time locations of dispersed employees and assets from a mobile device, eliminating any need for them to be tied down to a desktop computer. The Manager App view is directly accessible from within Encore’s mobile application, and it’s a powerful way to stay in touch with your workforce while on the go.

GPS APIs

Your company’s developers are now able to access important locational data, and then integrate it with third-party systems such as GIS or weather mapping software. By providing another avenue of consolidation to the way your business manages its information, experience even greater efficiency when it comes to managing and analyzing the GPS positions of your employees.

Don’t have on staff developers? Let our Professional Services Team help you integrate Encore data with your existing software.

Tracking Schedules

We’ve recently engineered features that help your company comply better with union concerns about tracking employees outside of working hours. Using GPS tracking schedules, feel free to set specific time periods for when tracking will occur, aligning them to fit with the shift times of mobile workers. The Encore application can also easily be set to monitor worker positions only while they’re clocked in, allowing management to further respect of the privacy of staff members when they’re not at work.

Traffic Overlay

Reduce the negative impacts of roadway congestion on your team’s operations with Traffic Overlay. When dispatching mobile employees to job locations, use this feature to monitor traffic patterns on the fly, and strategically pick the best routes for your drivers to take.

Additional Alerts

Instances of logins and logouts of the Encore application by employees can now trigger alerts to administrators. Any time the Encore application is launched or crashed on a mobile device, supervisors will also be made aware, and they’re now able to know when an employee disables or enables the GPS Tracking feature on a handset via digital notifications.

With all of these exciting new updates to our Encore solution, go forward with a revamped application that provides continual peace of mind regarding your mobile workforce’s routine operations. Save your business time, money, and resources with our latest host of improvements leading the way.

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06.11
2018

Protecting Your Equipment with Innovative Software

For many businesses, the security of high-value equipment is essential to making sure that operations run smoothly on a routine basis. One particular cause for concern, however, is how exactly these important and often costly assets are being kept safe during non-working hours.

While mobile employees are in the field, it’s easy to keep tabs on the equipment they’re using in near real-time with the assistance of an adequate solution. But what happens to the tools a workforce uses once its workers have clocked out for the day? How exactly are these assets being protected against theft, misuse, and damages?

With Actsoft, ensure that your valuable tools are being safely monitored around-the-clock using features of our applications such as Geofences, Alerts, and GPS Tracking. On our solutions’ live view maps, the positions of precious equipment like fleet vehicles and company-owned mobile devices are all plotted and can be checked in near real-time. Geofences are customizable, and designate the boundaries for remote work zones on the live view map. Any time an asset enters or exits these boundaries during specified times, notifications will be sent back to a company’s in-office team, keeping them always informed.

Businesses like Gardner-Watson Decking use Actsoft to monitor the whereabouts of their dispersed equipment on a daily basis. Through effective tracking and strong workforce transparency, they’ve been able to witness significant return on investment.

“We have had a vehicle stolen, and we’ve been able to track it and have the police respond to it within approximately 30 minutes of knowing the truck was stolen,” said Rick Vassallo, chief financial officer and vice president of operations at Gardner-Watson Decking. “We got one hundred percent of our equipment back, minor damage to the vehicle. So, a fifty or sixty thousand-dollar equipped truck is a huge savings.”

Consider letting Actsoft help your business retain and maintain its high-value equipment today. With a vast array of specialized solutions available, we can help you gain peace of mind and greater knowledge regarding the security of your company’s essential assets.

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06.05
2018

Three Essential Tips for Improving Time Management

Time is the one of the few resources that can’t ever be gained back once it’s been spent.

This statement particularly resonates in the workplace setting, where optimized productivity and the acquisition of true efficiency are essential to success. Because abundant surpluses of wasted time can be detrimental to high motivation, ensuring that your company’s time management skills are adept is vital.

Every single second that passes by is a moment that’s filled with opportunity, and by making the most out of the time you spend in the workplace, you can even gain more out of your leisure time away from the office. It’s a reciprocal relationship, as coming back to work from a vacation recharged and refocused also can assist you with sustaining long-term productivity at work. Here’s three tips that may help you enhance the effectiveness of your time management skills.

Work smarter, not harder.

There’s a fine line between cutting corners and working efficiently. When completing daily tasks during the workday, finding ways to consolidate and multi-task, while also ensuring that each job is being done to a satisfactory level is key. Accessing the right resources from the get-go before completing a project is a surefire way to make sure that your productivity won’t suffer later on, and that your workforce will remain firing on all cylinders. If there’s a way to simplify a task without compromising on the quality of work being done, it’s usually a smart idea to do so.

Schedule accordingly.

While too much rigidity in scheduling can actually become a deterrent to improved time management, crafting a flexible outline of weekly tasks, deadlines, and meetings can help you sharpen your punctuality. This extends beyond the scope of the workplace as well. When planning a vacation, it’s wise to have some concrete, scheduled events on the itinerary, but make sure you don’t overbook. The whole point of a getaway is to relax, and stressing over getting to certain events at every hour of every day can wear thin quick. In short, plan as much as you can ahead of time, but leave some room for the unexpected.

Use tools to help you manage time and improvise better.

Technology has always been centered on making life easier, and as time progresses, our reliance on it continues to increase. With Actsoft’s solutions, your company can truly optimize its productivity, helping you save time, money, and resources. Some of our digital tools like Mobile Timekeeping and Job Dispatching can help you ensure that your mobile employees are maximizing their time while in the field. This tandem of features allows them to clock-in directly from mobile devices and receive updates about new work orders in near real-time. GPS Tracking from Actsoft also provides the ability to monitor remote employees, so you can verify your workers’ respective locations while they’re dispersed at different job sites.

Improved time management is key to optimized margins, a healthy bottom line, and ultimate customer satisfaction. With Actsoft, your workforce can enhance its productivity on an hourly basis, helping you gain the most out of each and every minute that your business is operating.

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02.06
2018

How Has Communication Evolved?

Communication is one of the most important things to society, and it has continued to transform as time has churned forward. In contemporary times such as these, advances in technology have played huge roles in improving people’s access to one another, as they have simplified the logistics of communicating across far distances significantly. Cell phones and computers allow people to talk to one other nearly instantly even if they are thousands of miles apart, which is a fascinating concept, especially once the broader context of communication’s history is taken into account.

If you could go back in time and talk to a person from the year 1750 in a face-to-face setting, they’d probably look at you like you’re crazy if you tried to explain to them how the iPhone X’s new Animoji feature works. In fact, even if we sped things up two more centuries to the 1950s and conducted the same exercise, you’d still get a bewildered and confused reaction from a person living in that era. Nevertheless, the advances that older societies like these made to the concepts of communication as a whole were instrumental in building what we currently have at our disposal.

The beginnings of communication took the form of cave drawings by some of our earliest ancestors, and later the ancient Phoenicians developed the first universal alphabet in order to trade with multiple cultures. Soon, ancient Egyptians began creating early forms of paper to write on using papyrus, further advancing the known world’s adaptations of communication. Much later, all of these early developments would help culminate in the first computers, but these machines filled up entire buildings and provided only minimal functionality. Now, in terms of processing power, cutting-edge engineering has allowed for machinery that used to take up whole rooms to fit snugly into the size of your pocket. This is a key factor in what allows us to instantly communicate with people on the other side of the globe today.

The present-day business world in particular heavily relies on communication to accomplish work and function on a daily basis. Internal memos, customer interactions, and employee collaboration on projects are just a few examples of where communication is a necessary tool in a corporation-style setting. In fact, communication is so vital to a business that if a company actively puts extra emphasis on improving its internal and external communication, its productivity, clarity, and profits could all experience significant rises.

At Actsoft, equipping businesses with modern mobile resource management (MRM) solutions to effectively communicate is one of our biggest proficiencies. For example, our Wireless Forms feature in many of our solutions grants employees in the field with an easy but intuitive method of completing paperwork and sending it back to the home office via mobile phone or tablet. This can streamline work flow from the field back to company headquarters, saving time, money, and resources. Job Dispatching is another service Actsoft provides that can prove to be a vital asset to a company’s workers in the field. Using this, employees can receive and immediately respond to new work assignments from the tap of a screen while they are out in the field.

For companies located in many different industries, Actsoft’s MRM products will continue to blaze a trail into the future of business communication for years to come. With advancement and user convenience at the forefront of our development priorities, companies who are searching for a new type of communicative solution are in luck.

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