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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04.12
2019

5 Tips for Efficient Telecommuting

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that some (if not all) of your team is at least partially mobile. Nowadays, it’s becoming more and more commonplace for industries of all types to make the shift from traditional office-style environments to those that are mobile friendly. For some, this consists of a crew of telecommuters who are able to successfully execute their responsibilities from satellite locations (wherein that satellite may very well be a home office). For others, the nature of their work requires them to be largely in the field, whether it’s drumming up new business or servicing customers’ needs.

As a manager, it’s your task to oversee these employees and help keep them on track. Luckily for you, the solutions provided by our software help ease the stress that inherently comes with this type of responsibility, by giving you detailed insight into their daily work-related activity through a slew of tools like GPS Tracking, Wireless Forms, and Timekeeping.

These tools are extremely helpful to your remote staff as well, allowing them to cut precious minutes from their tasks, enabling them to take on even more responsibility. But on top of these tools, it’s also important to make sure your remote employees have all the resources they need to effectively manage themselves when they don’t frequent the home office very often … or at all. The following tips will help your team take on the day full-throttle, no matter where they are.

Create a workspace.
Sure, the benefit of working from home means that you can, theoretically, meander from room to room at your leisure. But carving out a dedicated workspace helps you get in the right headspace to start off a productive day of work, and it helps keep you organized. Plus, it sends the message to others (e.g. your family) that you’re “at work” and that you need to focus.

Keep regular hours.
You may think one of the biggest perks about working at home is having more of a fluid schedule. But what happens if someone else on your team needs something, reaches out, and you’re M.I.A.? It’s not a good look. Instead, make sure you keep the same hours as everyone else and if something comes up and your schedule needs to change, make sure the right people know.

Get dressed.
This one may sound a little odd but think about it. If you’re a telecommuter, it may be overwhelmingly tempting to spend your days comfortably lounging around your home in your favorite pair of cozy pajamas while you plug away. We’re not saying you have to put on a three-piece suit, here. But sticking to a normal routine — one that includes ditching your PJs and getting dressed for work in the morning — puts you in the right frame of mind to get the day started.

Check in regularly.
You know the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Don’t let that be the case for you. Yes, your management team has access to insights related to your daily activity, but you still want to make known your presence and progress in whatever projects are on your plate. Schedule regular times to either call or email managers (and even colleagues) with updates. It reinforces the message that, while you may not be seen, you’re still hard at work.

Make time for face-to-face interaction.
If you’re reasonably close enough to a physical home office (or have the option to fly), make an effort to put in some face time when you can. For those you don’t interact with frequently, it reminds them of your presence. More importantly, it gives you that in-person connection with colleagues that you can’t really get, even with video calls. Use these opportunities to discuss current projects, brainstorm new ideas, and solidify relationships on a more personal level.

Working remotely certainly requires an entirely different approach than the traditional office setting. But with a few adjustments (and a much-needed boost from our software), you’ll see your team’s productivity reach entirely new limits.

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04.05
2019

How to Improve Teamwork

We’ve discussed at length various topics that play integral roles in contributing to a more positive, effective, and efficient workforce. Today, we’re taking a look at another important variable that is absolutely essential to the success of your company: teamwork.

Think of your company as a single machine. A machine is composed of a lot of moving parts. In order for that machine to properly function, each of the moving parts must successfully perform its designated task in tandem with all of the other parts, which are simultaneously fulfilling their functions. If even one part malfunctions, the whole machine begins to break down.

Likewise, you need your crew to work together in order to keep the machine that is your company pushing ahead. Without that symbiosis, you’ll eventually come to a standstill. Keeping that in mind, following these tips will help facilitate an increase of teamwork among your staff.

Encourage casual socializing.
Okay, we get it. Not everyone is going to want to meet up to hang with their colleagues outside of business hours. But that doesn’t mean you can’t come up with ways for your staff to get to know each other on a more personal level. Organizing off-site team-building activities or planning company-wide (or department-wide, depending on the size of your company) lunches can be excellent opportunities for your crew to get to know each other outside of the confines of their work-related to-do lists. This type of interpersonal bonding oftentimes carries over into day-to-day office life and helps increase trust and respect.

Clearly designate roles.
Even if you’re a relaxed sort of person and want that reflected in the way you run your office, it’s essential to have a definitive outline of everyone’s roles and responsibilities. It’s virtually impossible to expect your team to work together if it’s unclear what each person is ultimately supposed to do. You’ll either end up with a lot of confused staff members or you may even find yourself with one or two people that are disproportionately delegating tasks to others, creating animosity that can easily begin to run rampant.

Set realistic, tangible goals.
Give your team something real to work toward. Despite the fact that everyone has different job responsibilities, if you let them know that the company has a specific goal to reach and that they all play a role in helping the company reach it, there’s ultimately no choice but to work together in order to cross the finish line. Anyone that wants to be successful in their own position will quickly realize their success is dependent on the company’s success, and the company’s success necessitates collaboration among all parties involved.

Resist the urge to micro-manage.
Perhaps you’re the type that always wants to make sure everything is in perfect order. Likely, that acute attention to detail contributed to your path toward entrepreneurship. But when it comes to day-to-day operations, you have to put your faith in the team you put together, trust that they have the company’s (and your) best interest at heart, and resist the urge to interfere. Without you interjecting yourself into every step of the process, employees feel that level of trust increase and also become more empowered to collaborate with each other on ways to best get the job done and further prove their value to you.

Lead by example.
This is probably the most important rule on the entire list. You can’t expect that your staff will be encouraged to work symbiotically if you’re not doing the same. Sure, you’re the big boss, but you’re also the most vested in the success of the company, so it’s your responsibility to work with your team to make sure business is running smoothly, voices are being heard, and that your role in the company is seen by everyone. Most importantly, this delivers the message that you’re not just the person at the top delegating orders to everyone else; it reminds them that you’re all a part of the same team.

With just a few simple adjustments, your team will start to naturally develop better teamwork habits that will ultimately contribute to the continued success and growth of your company.

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04.09
2018

The Importance of Teamwork in the Workplace

When it comes to business teamwork, the different aspects of a company are like gears in a mechanism. Each cog must be finely tuned to its own specifications, but also mesh perfectly with the other parts of the machine to help it accomplish a defined purpose.

A successful business is predicated on hardworking individuals that work together to identify and achieve their organization’s collective goals, and without a team-oriented core of employees, projects become disorganized, people are unsure of what their tasks are, and productivity ultimately suffers. When fostering solid teamwork between individuals and different departments within a business, it’s vital to ensure that everyone involved is on the same page before moving forward.

Foundationally, every individual should be made aware of their value to the company, and they should also each be given a clear understanding of what their respective role on the team is and how it integrates with the tasks of others. At Actsoft, we strongly believe in the power of teamwork, and are aware of its significant impact in our everyday operations. Kevin Thigpen, Actsoft’s chief operating officer says that employing a set of team-oriented individuals has been instrumental to our company’s framework.

“You have different skill sets, and bringing them together in a team environment is critical to our success,” Thigpen said. “Without strong teamwork and collaboration, we would not be as profitable and successful as we are.”

Some of the solutions that we at Actsoft offer can greatly aid businesses who are looking to enhance their team’s collaborative efforts. Features of some of our products like Messaging can enable employees to securely communicate with one another, providing a method for easier teamwork and increased transparency between staff. Dispatching is another useful tool that can allow a company’s in-office employees and field employees alike to feel more synergized when working together on completing tasks. This feature in particular allows for mobile workers to receive job updates in near real-time, preventing them from taking unnecessary trips back to the office and facilitating better collaboration.

Let Actsoft help enhance your business with one of our unique management solutions today. Our products are geared to streamline information, improve connectivity between the employees of an organization, and help companies build the best teams possible.

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02.27
2018

Form Workflows: The Latest Addition to Wireless Forms

Users of Encore’s Ultimate tier now have access to a powerful new enhancement that can transform the ways in which their employees complete forms from the field. Aptly named Form Workflows, this revolutionary new tool ushers in a new era of user-friendly software that is designed to increase the collective teamwork of a business’ employees, specifically when it comes to form submissions.

What is Form Workflows?

If your business has ever experienced difficulties with processing documents in a timely manner due to stalls in transfer between departments, you’ve likely witnessed firsthand how inefficiency can be a detriment to your bottom line. Form Workflows addresses this issue by granting your employees the ability to pass off unfinished electronic forms between the mobile devices of your workers, sharpening information relays and introducing a chain of command structure to your current document processing system.

How can a chain of command benefit my business?

For forms that require approval from supervisors or external departments within a company, chains of command can be established with Form Workflows. This term describes the idea that multiple employees can be lined up in a certain order to each complete a designated portion of a single electronic form.

Within Form Workflows, decision logic can be used to redirect an unfinished form to another department, depending on what information is entered. For example, if a company has built a custom expense report, the form can be programmed to automatically be sent next in the command chain to either a management team or an accounting department for review based on whether or not the calculated total amount exceeds a set threshold.

Setting up a chain of command through Form Workflows can allow your team to streamline its internal processes, speed up document filing, and enhance the accuracy of any information recorded from the field. By increasing company efficiency as a whole using this powerful new feature, your business could experience savings of both time and money in every single form submission it performs.

Brian Baehr, director of product design and development at Actsoft, is one of the primary influences behind the inception of Form Workflows. Baehr firmly believes that the solution can be a breakthrough staple of increased efficiency for businesses located in a multitude of different industries.

“Form Workflows lets users really customize and simplify what they can do,” said Baehr. “The feature takes the guesswork out of an employee’s job.”

Consider streamlining your company’s documents today with Form Workflows on Encore Ultimate, and gain peace of mind when it comes to managing the reception of your business’ valuable information.

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