06.28
2019

Summer Vacation Season and Workforce Management

Believe it or not, 2019 is already halfway over. That means business owners everywhere are beginning the processes of reviewing all the important numbers as we approach the end of Q2. As they do this, they’re also making any adjustments needed so they’re able to hit the ground running the second Q3 starts.

Kicking off Q3 with a bang can seem like a daunting task, because not only might there be huge expectations from a business point of view, but there’s also another major event taking place at the same time: the unofficial launch of the vacation season.

Just in time for schools across the country to wrap up classes, summer this year officially kicked off on June 21. With mercury levels rising, kids out of the classrooms, and parents itching to get away for some quality time with the family — not to mention vacation deals galore — this is when businesses everywhere tend to notice their teams may not be running at maximum capacity.

But running with a less-than-full staff doesn’t mean your numbers have to suffer. Vacations go hand-in-hand with operating a business. This time of year just happens to be when more people are out more frequently. So how do you go about making sure it’s business as normal all through the summer?

That’s when our software comes into play. With a proper workforce management software in place, like our flagship Encore solution, you’re able to maintain a bird’s-eye view of all the goings on at your business, no matter where you are or how many people are actively working.

Job Dispatching helps to make sure all of your work orders are being addressed in as efficient a manner as possible. Have projects mapped out well in advance and then in comes a vacation request? No problem! Reassign the work orders to team members who have the availability.

Wireless Forms helps to speed up processes whether you’re fully staffed or down to one person. Eliminating guesswork due to chicken-scratch handwriting is a huge timesaver. Decision logic helps workers zip through forms quicker than ever since the system automatically skips over sections deemed irrelevant to the job at hand. And with no need to drop off forms back at the office, “paperwork” can begin processing almost immediately.

Now, with fewer people helping to produce the same amount of work, it may be inevitable that some overtime comes into play. But with our easy-to-use Timekeeping feature, you can help to minimize the amount you’ll have to pay out. First, with GPS-based punch ins, you can make sure you aren’t paying your workers until they actually show up at a job site. Second, with on-call reporting, you can quickly review the number of hours each person has worked and assign new orders accordingly. Finally, if you do have to rely on some overtime, you can keep the peace by dispersing the work evenly.

Vacation is a necessary part of every business. Your workers do their best work when they are rested, both physically and mentally. And you’ll able to run a successful operation knowing that, thanks in part to our streamlining solution, while your hard-working team is off enjoying the fruits of their labor, it’s still business as usual on the work front.

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05.24
2018

5 Must-Visit Theme Parks Perfect for Family Vacations

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is the time of year when families begin to pack up their suitcases and take to the road for their annual vacations. And really, this is the ideal time for it. The weather is at its best, the kids are out of school, and most seasonal destinations are finally open and ready for business.

More specifically, it’s during this time that our favorite type of summertime venue opens up nationwide: theme parks. What better way to bond with your family than a trip to some fantastical wonderland replete with thrill-inducing rides, games galore, and all the indulgent food you could dream of?

From a business perspective, with summer getaways comes the issue of coverage, since so many people regularly request to be away from work during this time period. Of course, vacations are extremely important for the betterment of any employee, but you still have a business to run. So how do you manage your workload with just a fraction of your crew?

That’s where our software comes into play. It’s an ideal means of keeping track of who is available at any given time. With the Timekeeping feature, it’s easy to see what workers are clocked in at a glance, so delivering work orders in advance is simple and can be done without question. For last-minute requests that may come in from your customers, simply track which employees are actively on duty at the moment and dispatch assignments according to availability. Or, if you’re at capacity for the day, you can easily manage your customer’s expectations and schedule them at the soonest time possible. And, if your team is responsible for keeping valuable equipment and/or vehicles at home, our asset and fleet tracking capabilities can give you peace of mind while folks are out of town.

Now that you can rest a little easier as vacation season begins, we wanted to share some of our favorite theme parks from across the country. Each one is delivers something different and unique to satisfy any family’s taste.

Cedar Point
Where: Sandusky, Ohio
Who It’s For: Thrill seekers with an affinity for roller coasters
Season: May–October
The self-proclaimed “roller coaster capital of the world,” Cedar Point isn’t just giving lip service with that moniker. The 364-acre theme park is home to a whopping 18 coasters of various intensities, making it a bucket-list destination for any enthusiast.
Don’t Miss: Though it’s over in a flash — 17 seconds to be exact — don’t forgo the high-speed Top Thrill Dragster. The ride launches with instant force, quickly climbing to, and almost immediately dropping from, a height of 420 feet, reaching a speed of 120 mph.

Dollywood Splash Country
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Who It’s For: Anyone looking to cool down
Season: May–September
Whether you want to lounge around poolside after a morning of excitement at the adjacent Dollywood (think: more traditional theme park), or want to keep up with the thrills by going on one of the plunging waterslides, this is the place to go for respite from the intense summer heat.
Don’t Miss: Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush seats up to four guests on a single float and carries you along nearly 1,200 feet of track, through dark tunnels, hairpin turns, and steep drops.

Santa’s Village
Where: Jefferson, New Hampshire
Who It’s For: Families whose love for Christmas is year round
Season: May–October
Tucked away in a tiny town in northern New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this is a prime theme park for parents with younger children wanting to get a taste of what it’s like to visit Santa’s home at the North Pole.
Don’t Miss: Little ones will love the opportunity to chat with the one and only Rudolph, Santa’s lead reindeer. This furry animatronic has been a staple at the park for more than 25 years and can actually carry on full conversations. (Or, if you’d prefer the real thing, swing by Reindeer Rendezvous and hand feed live animals.)

LEGOLAND
Where: Winter Haven, Florida
Who It’s For: Lovers of the classic build-it-yourself toys
Season: All year
What child — or, let’s be honest, adult — isn’t a fan of LEGO? At this sprawling 150-acre park, the beloved building blocks come to life through a series of LEGO-themed rides, activities, and even larger-than-life characters roaming the grounds.
Don’t Miss: Want to see what can be done with 32 million LEGO bricks? Stroll through Miniland USA to see giant recreations of famous U.S. destinations, like New York City, Las Vegas, and Kennedy Space Center. There’s even an homage to the classic Star Wars film series, including a replica of the Millennium Falcon.

Hersheypark
Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Who It’s For: Chocoholics
Season: March–January
What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than an entire park built around everyone’s favorite childhood candy supplier? Of course, chocolate can be found around every corner but you’ll also find all the staple rides you’d expect at any theme park.
Don’t Miss: Learn all about the company that is the reason this theme park even exists. Hershey’s Chocolate World is right next door and explores all things chocolate, including the process of transferring cocoa beans into the tasty treats we all know and love. You can even create your own candy bar!

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