09.01
2018

NFL’s Rams and Chargers Relocations Call for a Large Construction Project

The Los Angeles Rams were one of the hottest teams heading into the NFL playoffs this year. Sporting an 11-5 record, the team relied on a high-octane offense that featured all-star running back Todd Gurley, second-year quarterback Jared Goff, and veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins. However, these Rams have only been in California since 2016 due to a recent franchise relocation from St. Louis, Missouri, and because of this, the team currently plays its home games in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the University of Southern California.

A college stadium obviously isn’t ideal for a professional football team like the Rams to play at in a long-term sense, especially given the fact that the once-San Diego Chargers also recently moved to Los Angeles in an effort to expand the NFL’s market presence. As a result, construction on a singular, shared new arena for both respective organizations is currently underway in Inglewood, California, and it’s certainly no small endeavor. According to the L.A. Times, the building project for Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is worth 2.6 billion dollars, which will make it one of the most expensive NFL stadiums ever constructed. The L.A. Times also makes mention of the project encompassing much more than just the arena, as a whole host of different residential areas, hotel, retail, and office spaces are also planned for development. The stadium itself is expected to be completed in 2020, and both the Rams and Chargers are no doubt excited to get settled in to their new gridiron palace in just two more years.

With building projects as massive and as expensive as this, accountability for workers and effective cost management wherever possible can be integral to a successful job done. For construction-related businesses, Actsoft’s products can aid greatly in ensuring the exact locations of a construction company’s most valued equipment is always known through GPS monitoring and geofencing technology. A staple piece of heavy construction machinery such as a bulldozer is easily able to reach tens of thousands of dollars in price per unit alone, making theft prevention crucial. Using geofences, supervisors are given the unique capability to draw borders on city maps and power to set parameters for where their vehicular equipment is and isn’t allowed to be at certain times. This can put more control and stability in the hands of the company’s leadership, especially when it comes to asset protection. Building companies that construct in large cities in particular can use geofencing because of its precision in sprawling metropolitan areas, and the technology also has many applications for arena-style build projects such as the aforementioned Los Angeles Stadium.

In short, Actsoft seeks to provide the construction industry with all the tools it needs to empower its corporations with efficiency and safety alike. The partnerships that Actsoft has forged with reputable companies in the business work together to create a better world for future generations to enjoy.

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19.09
2017

Grappling with Conflict in the Workplace

There’s always talk of leadership in the workplace as if it’s this mystical cure all that magically unifies your workforce. The truth is leadership requires a very specific skill, conflict resolution to be precise. Your effectiveness as a leader directly relates to your ability to identify, address, and resolve conflicts between the groups following your direction.

If you make it a point to avoid conflict, leadership isn’t for you. Now, I’m not saying seek it out, but the best leaders understand that discord is bound to occur, so they remain steadfast with their direction and guidance to see their teams through the inevitable rough patches.

It takes more than an ability to recognize conflict; the strongest workplace leaders understand the nature of disagreements. They need to know what causes conflict when it’s on the horizon, and the quickest, most effective way to resolve it. As a leader, it’s supremely important to be proactive, rather than reactive.

The leaders who specialize in crisis management routinely implement a line of thought that finds its birthplace in sports (even if they never knew it had a name).

The concept is called KYP (Know Your Personnel), and it’s one of the most important practices a leader can employ, regardless of their industry.

KYP is all about understanding the tendencies of your team, so you can better predict the way they will respond to certain stimuli.

As you look to implement this approach, keep the following in mind:

  • Your team is not a single unit; it is the sum of several unique pieces (each individual teammate).
  • There is no “one size fits all” method to leadership.
  • What works for one employee might not work for another. People have different motivations, they respond to pressure and stress differently.

So what does KYP have to do with conflict resolution? Everything. Arguments in the workplace stem from miscommunication in one form or another. Remember, your business is the culmination of multiple parts attempting to work in concert. Priorities and objectives are drastically different, depending on the person you ask and the department they work in.

As a leader, it’s your responsibility to understand what’s important to your employees both professionally and personally. This is where KYP comes in. If you understand what drives the members of your team and conversely what causes individuals to shut down, you can learn which strings to pull for optimum performance.

In the workplace, conflicts tend to linger if not addressed immediately. If emotions turn sour and resolutions aren’t reached they can drastically derail your team’s ability to work together.

Conflict resolution isn’t an abstract concept. Developing a solid resolution plan can definitely help your team members feel like even when tempers flare, the structure remains for them to fall back on.

Here are a few guidelines leaders can implement to help deal with conflict when it does rear its ugly head at work:

  • Define Acceptable Behavior- Creating a framework for decision-making will help avoid conflicts. Clearly define job descriptions. When people know what their responsibilities are, expectations become more realistic.
  • Address Conflicts Directly- Make note of potential conflict sources and proactively intervene in a balanced and consistent manner. Do not let negative feelings stemming from disagreements fester. As a leader, you’re responsible for people management (and sometimes that means ego massaging).
  • Remember the Big Picture- How important is the current conflict to your overall business objective? Not every disagreement requires an executive mandate. You need to trust your team to handle the small stuff. Keep aware of the squabbles, but give them the freedom to sort things out until they escalate.

Conflicts happen, arguments arise, and tempers will flare at work. That being said, every clash can be viewed as a learning experience. The best leaders, act swiftly, hear their teams out, know their personnel, and act as beacons of clarity when things get murky during discrepancies.

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28.08
2017

Mental Wellness in the Workplace

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that we spend a lot of time at work. Many professionals spend 40 hours a week working (some much more than that). Regardless of the amount of time you spend on the clock, stress and mental strain can be expected on the job. If that stress goes unchecked for too long, it can create serious problems for employees and organizations alike.

Deteriorating mental health isn’t a closed off issue unique to one person at a time; it affects everyone. It influences the way we work in teams, our consistency, and even our professionalism as we attempt to process the world around us. Negative mental health issues can create disastrous results for employees and the companies they work with.

In 2016, a Work and Wellbeing survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reported that less than half of the 1501 workers surveyed felt their organization supported employee well-being and one in three reported chronic stress on the job.

Discussing matters involving what’s going on in your head is tough, it’s personal and it can be awkward. Many of your co-workers might not share the same worldviews, or deal with the same stressors you routinely encounter, so it’s no wonder why these issues are taboo in the workplace.

Some people are making strides to shed light on mental health issues on the job such as stress, depression, and feelings of isolation to help show that we all deal with them in one form or another. Madalyn Parker (a web developer from Olark Live Chat) sent shockwaves around every corner of the internet when her request for a day off for mental health went viral.

One of Madalyn’s teammates adds, “It is incredibly hard to be honest about mental health in the typical workplace. In situations like this, it is so easy to tell your teammates you are ‘not feeling well.’ Even in the safest environment, it is still uncommon to be direct about mental health issues.”

Progress aside, discussing mental health at work remains a precarious road to travel. Many employees don’t want to discuss their issues with their co-workers or their supervisors because they don’t want it used against them later. No one wants to risk damaging a relationship or compromise their standing with future employers because they are perceived a certain way due to the stigma associated with mental illness. So, people stay silent.

The thing is, even though these issues are hard to diagram at times, they have very real implications for businesses. Mental health conditions and the effects of them cost employers more than $100 billion and a staggering 217 million lost workdays every year according to findings by Harvard University Medical School.

The issues are real, whether employees are talking about them or not.

The brain is just like any other part of the body. When it deals with trauma, it, like any other muscle we have needs time to recover. Without the proper treatment, more problems will arise, sooner or later.

When it comes to stress in the workplace, it’s critically important that employees have the proper amount of time to decompress. Whether examining the duration of breaks or lunches, or running reports on an employee’s hourly work week, Actsoft provides Timekeeping functionalities that make it possible to ensure your employees don’t spend more time working than they should. Everyone needs time away from the job to get their thoughts in order and to clear their heads. With Actsoft software, you can be sure your workforce is taking the time needed to help reduce stress and keep people level headed.

Just to be clear, breaks and lunches aren’t the solutions to mental health issues. Not by a longshot. However, ensuring employees feel like it’s ok to step away from the job is a major step in the right direction. Professionals (regardless of title) need to know and understand that the job is important, but so is their mental well-being. It’s beneficial to take some time to compose yourself, and it should be encouraged to foster a healthy, productive and efficient workforce.

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15.08
2017

The Dos and Don’ts of Politics In The Workplace

Recently, the election cycle in the United States has been one for the ages. At points, it’s been so explosive that it’s probably hard to resist picking your coworkers’ brains about their political viewpoints.

Curiosity aside, is the office an appropriate place to discuss your affiliation with Clinton or Trump? What about other political events? Should you be able to discuss your views about Brexit on the clock? How do you handle hot button subjects like these in a professional realm where neutrality is usually the status quo?

Workplace Policy

According to Holland & Knight Law, many employees and employers alike mistakenly believe the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “freedom of speech” at work.

The First Amendment applies only to government action and neither limits the rights of private employers to regulate employees’ communications nor provides any constitutional right for those workers to express thoughts or opinions at work. As a result, there is no constitutionally protected right of “free speech” in the offices and factories of private employers.

That being said, here’s a little from those in favor, or against allowing political discussion in the workplace.

  • Those against- According to Liane Davey, author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, “Politics is very personal and we tend to hold our beliefs extremely strongly. No matter how much others try to influence us, we’re not likely to move our positions — if anything, we’re likely to retrench.”
  • Those in favor- Patrick J. Egan, an associate professor of politics and public policy at N.Y.U. says even though the office might not be the easiest place to talk politics (if tactfully done) it might be one of the more productive spaces to do so. According to Egan, the beauty of the workplace is the fact that you don’t have much control over the selection of people you interact with. “Chances are, your co-workers are not being selected on the basis of whether or not they agree with you politically… to the extent that we avoid these conversations in the workplace, we’re losing out on one of the few venues where we may encounter ideas that are different from our own.”

As you can see, these conversations can get murky, fast. Regardless of where you align on the political spectrum, should tempers flare at work, the following tips might help everyone keep cool:

  • Never assume your coworkers (even the ones you are close to) will agree with your political opinions.
  • Approach the conversations with an open mind and curiosity for understanding, rather than aiming to prove your point.
  • Look for shared values and common ground.
  • Be comfortable hearing opinions different from your own.

It might be best to implement policies stipulating employees only discuss subjects like these off the clock, whether that be during lunch or breaks.

Many of these subjects are nebulous and can quickly lead to long, winding conversations. To help combat that, Actsoft’s timekeeping function provides a means of tracking and monitoring the duration of breaks and lunches. While it might not be feasible to stipulate what employees can or can’t discuss (especially when they’re off the clock), it’s definitely possible to ensure those discussions don’t last indefinitely and everyone is back at work when they should be.

Unless carefully orchestrated, political conversations can potentially derail your workforce. Whether your company facilitates an area for those discussions depends, but regardless, those approaching these subjects require an open mind, a willingness to understand differing viewpoints, and a commitment to active listening.

 

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08.08
2017

Email Etiquette and the Rules of Virtual Engagement

At work, it’s a given that you’ll probably send and receive emails. Emailing isn’t industry specific but it is a staple of business environments. It’s how your employees speak with your clientele and how they coordinate between departments internally. Even though email is common practice, there’s still a decorum to consider. Sending the wrong type of email can lead to big problems (up to termination) very quickly.

So here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit send on your next message:

Emails are NOT private

Emails are company property. At any point in time, they can be retrieved and reviewed (even if you delete them). Keep that in mind and don’t send anything you wouldn’t want to be printed out and put on display in a meeting with leadership and possibly human resources.

Embrace short subject lines

Clarity should be your best friend. Your readers shouldn’t have to decipher scrolls of a subject line by candle light. Be direct and be concise. Remember, you aren’t the only person in the company who gets emails. The recipient of your message might be reading hundreds or even thousands of emails. Clear subject lines help people prioritize messages and minimize guesswork.

Abstain from one-word email responses

Sending “thanks” or “ok” as an email response doesn’t make you sound edgy. It makes you sound pretentious and it can easily lead to confusion, especially if there are multiple messages in the thread. If you have a message that doesn’t require a direct response, state that in the subject line.

Reply to all emails, but be careful of “reply all”

If you were standing in front of someone and they directly asked you a question, it’d be rude to ignore them, right? The same applies to emails. When someone crafts a message specifically for you, respond to it when you can. If there’s a delay, address it. That being said, sometimes “reply all” isn’t necessary. This is especially true when your response is only for one person specifically. Just use your best judgment.

Avoid humor

Humor doesn’t translate well in emails. There’s a lot more to a joke than the words themselves; you have to consider tone, body language, etc. None of those things are present in an email, so something might be hilarious to you, but come across totally different to someone who didn’t read the words the way you did in your head.

Proofread your message

Nothing undermines the gravity of your message more than a typo. It shows a lack of attention to detail. If you don’t care about your message enough to make sure everything is spelled correctly, why should your reader? Always give your emails a few reads before sending them. Still in doubt? Ask a co-worker to look it over for a fresh set of eyes. When it comes to proofreading, be mindful of punctuation. Multiple exclamation points are very seldom necessary in any email. One more safeguarding practice is to write the message first and THEN add the address of the recipient, so you don’t accidentally send an unfinished message.

Include an official signature

Give your reader information they can use to contact you with. It adds an extra layer of professionalism to your message. Usually, a full name, title, contact information, and company name is enough to make your email that much more official.

Actsoft specializes in orchestrating messaging between the office and the field. Many of the principles discussed in this blog can apply to the messaging our software provides. Even if the messaging is something like adding a few words to a picture, or including a note to a wireless form, the rules still apply.

 

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01.08
2017

Management vs Leadership, Two Sides of the Same Coin

Successful businesses have many moving parts. The data and metrics have to be accounted for, personnel have to be organized, and strategy must be crystal clear to keep everything operating fully. However, the only way these things happen is with guidance.

Guidance comes in many different versions. Here, we’ll discuss guidance in the forms of leadership and management.

Leadership vs management is a timeless debate in the workplace. There are many questions surrounding the two concepts. Can a good leader be an effective manager, does a manager need leadership skills, are the two concepts even interchangeable? Well, it starts with defining each role.

Making a Manager

Management is much like conducting an orchestra. Managers ensure everyone operating under them performs their function, to create a single, comprehensive sound. Managers are usually responsible for a specified department (or departments) within the organization. Regardless of which department they call home base, a manager either leads a team directly or manages supervisors who in turn lead teams.

Effective managers are usually adept at the following:

  • Project analysis- Taking a project request and disseminating it (usually with a workflow or a road map) to the rest of the team.
  • Data management- Managers are responsible for day-to-day work efforts. They also review resources and anticipate future needs. Organization and consistency are key for success here.
  • Process implementation- Managers are also responsible for establishing work rules, processes, standards, and operating procedures.

Usually, managers focus on routine team interactions that focus on operations.

Learning to Lead

 

Leadership is trickier to quantify. It’s a skill that is intangible since you don’t necessarily need a specific title to be considered a leader. Effective leaders share are the following traits:

  • Honesty and integrity- People have to believe you and just as importantly, they have to believe IN you.
  • Vision- As a leader, you must be aware of where you are, where you want to go, and how you can get your co-workers there with you.
  • Inspiration- When things get dark, people look to their leaders as beacons of positivity and encouragement. Sometimes an effective leader must believe in the team more than team members believe in themselves.
  • Communication- “Open door” policies are great tools for leaders. As a leader, you don’t necessarily have to take every suggestion you get, but making people feel like they were heard goes a long way in boosting and maintaining morale.
  • Follow through- This might be the most important trait of an effective leader. You have to deliver on the promises you make. Once you lose credibility, you lose the faith of your coworkers and subsequently your ability to lead.

Regardless of your affinity towards leadership or management, there are ways to boost your efficiency at either approach. For the managerial side of the house, Actsoft supplies countless options for optimizing performance by analyzing the data your business creates. Wireless Forms, GPS tracking, Geofences, can all be used to ensure employees stick to the game plan you’ve created for their projects.

When it comes to leadership, communication is key. Dispatching and messaging are two great ways to communicate with employees on the go, so the strategy behind their actions is always clear. When problems arise in the field, these tools are invaluable for leading them through the obstacles your teams encounter.

Successful organizations need both leaders and managers. These sets of people work towards different goals and they utilize different methods to achieve them. That being said, Actsoft has the solutions needed to support the demands of both leadership and management personnel in the workplace, ultimately raising your business to new heights.

 

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17.07
2017

3 Unorthodox Pool Uses; Ride the Wave, Or Make Your Own

Having a pool is a game changer, especially during the summer. Your pool is more than a place to swim; it’s one of the social gathering hub of your home. Pools can facilitate everything from barbecues, to sport event-viewing venues; it just depends on your creativity. Even though pools can bring variety and flavor to the landscape of your home, maintenance is key. If gone unchecked, pools can quickly become eyesores, or even worse, safety risks. So, as the weather heats up, make sure your pools are always clean and in proper working order for your visitors to cool down.

One of the easiest ways to keep your pool in great shape is by hiring a pool maintenance company. These experts are equipped to professionally clean your pool and ensure that everything functions as it should. Actsoft technology pairs up perfectly with business owners offering pool maintenance and cleaning services.  We have what these business owners need when it comes to dispatching employees to pool sites, monitoring how long employees stay on site, and even sending photos back to the office to verify jobs are done correctly.

Here’s a video testimonial talking about exactly how Actsoft makes sense for business owners in the pool maintenance industry.

https://vimeo.com/22842750

Swimming pools are diverse. They come in all shapes and sizes, but their usage is only limited by your creativity.

Here are 3 unconventional things you can use your pool for:

DIY farming

The Garden Pool is making waves when it comes to self-sustainability. With this, you can potentially create your own mini ecosystem, producing all of the fruits and veggies your family needs. The Garden Pool uses 98% LESS water than conventional farming methods, requires no fertilizers or harmful pesticides, and is as diverse as your imagination allows when it comes to the crops you choose.

A new look patio

When space is at a premium, homeowners have to get creative when it comes to maximizing their living and entertainment areas. Future Green Studio has the right idea. Take a look at what they did as they converted a former Manhattan rooftop pool into a modern dining area. The final dining area incorporates many features from the original pool. Keeping the depth indicators, handrails and tiled stairs really pay homage to what the space used to be while introducing new, fun elements.

The search for serenity

Is peace and quiet your thing? Well, who says the swimming pool has to be for you? Plenty of people convert their pools into reflection and meditation projects like Koi ponds. Generally, these endeavors require a bit of legwork, but they really can come together to add a breathtaking new element to your home or space. Here’s an example of one man (Jack Birkenbach) undertaking this process and his results.

 

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10.07
2017

Big League Fun; 5 Things the Best Theme Parks Share

I’m no amusement park expert, but I’ve been to more than a few parks. Over time, I’ve noticed that the good ones share a few things in common.

Fun Factor

It’s in the title. Amusement parks are pointless if people are bored when they go. Fun means something different for everyone, so a wide range of activities is crucial. From roller coasters to water rides, simulators and games, with concerts, and food and wine festivals sprinkled in between, there’s always a different event to create memorable experiences whenever you visit.

Innovation

Replay value is crucial for amusement parks. The rides generally don’t change too much yearly, so they need to improve upon what they have until new attractions arrive. Park architects get it and they’re staying pretty trendy.

Seaworld’s Kraken Unleashed attraction is a perfect example of parks doing all they can to reinvent themselves with a modern touch. Here, ride designers have incorporated virtual reality into an already adrenaline pumping attraction to create a brand new roller coaster experience.

The parks are about more than the rides though. Amusement parks are littered with geolocation stops from the worldwide phenomenon Pokémon Go in efforts to get people walking and exploring the landmarks they offer. Technology and set design blend to make a sprawling Easter egg hunt people of all ages can enjoy. The tech that’s made Pokémon Go such a huge hit should look familiar. Actsoft employs very similar technology when it comes to GPS tracking and geofences for monitoring personnel, vehicles, and assets.

 Smart Travel Systems

Personally, one of the biggest issues I’ve found stems from traveling between parks. Park developers have caught on to this and they now provide alternatives if walking from park to park just isn’t your thing.

Disney is offering an Express Transportation add-on to their Park Hopper Option. With this service, they’ll take you directly to drop off locations in the theme park of your choosing, with no waiting time when it comes to re-entry. That’s huge, especially if you’re traveling with a large group, or with children. Keep everyone together and let the kids experience as much as possible before they get tired out.

Actsoft could make this process even better! Our GPS tracking feature is a game changer when it comes to predicting arrival and departure times.  By taking the guess work out of arrival times, visitors can plan things out even more effectively and squeeze every bit of fun possible out of their visit.

The same technology works behind the scenes too. Park dispatchers and administrators can follow buses as they travel. If something goes wrong, they’ll see it immediately and send the proper personnel.

Immersion

People go to these parks because of the allure of losing yourself in a fantasyland. Park set designers double as magicians; they take the world around us and mold it with the fantastic backdrops and dazzling visuals we instantly recognize from our favorite stories. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Pandora-The World of Avatar, and Super Nintendo World are some of the heaviest hitters when it comes to losing yourself in a different park’s world.

Food!

The way to my heart is through my stomach, and I know I’m not alone. The food matters! It greatly adds to the immersion experience. Many parks make it possible to sample delicacies from across the globe without leaving the country (assuming you’re in the United States). Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival provides a great way to get lost in the food and culture of places you may have never dreamed of visiting.

As iconic as amusement parks have become, we have to remember there’s a real business aspect to them and to keep them open, they have to generate revenue. Park creators have to pander to the masses and continuously grow to keep up with the times. Otherwise the magic fades, the luster dulls, and eventually, the rides stop.

 

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02.05
2017

Too Fast, Too Furious – Monitoring Employee Speeding

People love to move quickly. It is equal parts the desire to reach a destination faster and the desire for the thrill. Track meets, drag races, and fighter jet displays are just some of the methods used to achieve the thrills of speeding. However, the thrill of speeding drivers pose a detriment to your business when they make up your workforce.

 

Issues Speeding Presents to the Workforce

Speeding subjects vehicles to greater rates of fuel consumption. 55mph is widely accepted to be the most fuel-efficient speed for a vehicle. Reaching speeds greater than 55mph results in a decrease in efficiency of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Every five miles per hour increment above 55 increases the rate at which fuel is consumed by 5%. If a driver is clocking speeds of 75mph, they are burning fuel at a rate of 20% more than what is considered fuel-efficient. Consistent speeding consumes 30% of a tank of gas, reducing fuel efficiency to 60% for a single vehicle. Assuming the average price of a gallon of gas is $2.00, we can conclude how much a 15-gallon tank of one of the vehicles within your fleet would cost.

$2.00 per gallon

X   15 gallons of gas

$30.00

If a single tank is fifteen gallons, we can derive how many gallons are consumed by consistent speeding:
15 gallons of gas

X .30 percent of tank consumed by speeding

4.5 gallons consumed by speeding

A single vehicle within your fleet alters its fuel economy through speeding to the point where 4.5 gallons of its fifteen-gallon fuel tank are consumed inefficiently. With the average cost of a gallon of gas at $2.00, that is $9.00 of every tank of gas being mismanaged. If you fill up that vehicle once a week, your speeding driver is burning $468 over the course of a 52-week year. If we impose these figures onto a 100-vehicle fleet, your business will be burdened with $46,800 worth of misused fuel due to speeding!

Speeding drivers do not only cause an inefficient use of fuel, but also a negative impact on your company’s reputation. Because drivers do not operate their personal vehicles throughout the workday, whatever actions they take while operating their work vehicles directly affects your company’s reputation. Your employee speeding with little-to-no regard for consequences inadvertently relays a negative message about your company and its culture towards your customer base.

Consistent speeding also leaves its mark on your vehicle’s integrity. Subjecting your vehicle’s engine to higher output causes it to generate greater levels of heat. While operating within a city where a driver will start and stop their vehicle numerous times en route to their destination, the engine will not receive a constant influx of cool air to reduce its temperature. Additionally, to maintain control of the vehicle after reaching reckless speeds, the driver must engage the brakes more often and sometimes suddenly. This increased stress opens your vehicle’s brakes up to warping and possibly requiring a full replacement.

Actsoft’s software provides managers with the ability to monitor their employee’s location and the speed they are traveling at effectively. Once speed parameters have been established, they can receive an emailed alert should a driver exceed the designated speed threshold. The software is robust enough to provide information on instances of hard acceleration or hard braking that occur while the driver is operating the vehicle, giving the opportunity to take proactive action against speeding in the workforce before it gets out of hand.

The impact speeding has on your company is nothing short of negative. An unchecked culture of speeding creates an opportunity for profit to escape your grasp through inefficient fuel consumption, negative consumer experiences, and expedited wear-and-tear. Establishing a system that alerts you when your drivers are speeding is only one way to curtail speeding habits before they grow into hemorrhages in your business operations.

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21.04
2017

Achievement Through Diversity

Just like in previous years, Actsoft has once again been recognized as a Top Workplace in Tampa Bay, FL. Earning recognition for nearly five consecutive years, Actsoft has continued to establish itself as one of the premier workplaces within the region. The Top Workplaces contest is an annual competition wherein 100 businesses within the Tampa Bay area are recognized as being some of the best places to work. After sharing information about our business, a survey was sent out to everyone in the company, so they could share how they feel about working at Actsoft.

After a few months of waiting, Actsoft was not only chosen to be a Top Workplace in Tampa but has also placed 37th out of the 100 businesses recognized in The Tampa Bay Times. The Times chose to highlight some of the thoughts shared by employees that truly capture what makes Actsoft one of the greatest places to work in Tampa Bay:

“I work with great people and have very understanding managers. I feel I can learn and grow here and I am not worried about job security. I feel I can retire here and love the benefits they offer. ”

“It’s fun and wonderful.”

“I am empowered to do what is needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently.”

Words like these embody what it means to be a part of this Actsoft family. This achievement could not have been possible without the contributions of every employee, within the survey and within their day-to-day commitment to pushing Actsoft forward.

 

Actsoft Celebrates International Heritage Day

Recently, Actsoft celebrated its inaugural “International Heritage Day,” where the company recognized the international backgrounds that make up over a quarter of our employee body.  Each participant in International Heritage Day was asked to submit five facts about their home country, which were then hung around the company breakroom. These facts ranged from the term “boondocks” originating from the Filipino word “bundok” (meaning mountain) to Alexander Hamilton having been born in a small, two-island nation known as St. Kitts-Nevis.

The participants were also encouraged to make and bring in a dish representative of their country’s culture. The entire company was treated to tastes and smells from across the world, with some participants bringing in more than one dish. The amount of food shared left everyone with full stomachs and “to-go plates.”

 

Kevin Thigpen, Actsoft’s Chief Operating Officer and the driving force behind International Heritage Day, had this to say about the festivities:

“Actsoft has a very diverse workforce, with twenty-nine (29) percent of our Tampa-based employees who were either born in a foreign country or their parents were born outside of the United States.

It was extremely important for the company to celebrate our international diversity and embrace the cultures that represent Actsoft.” 


Click the image for a taste of Actsoft’s Heritage Day!

 

“With today’s current rhetoric across the nation, it is important for our employees to know that Actsoft respects and appreciates their international backgrounds.

It was equally important for our overall employee base to learn about these different cultures and international countries. Actsoft is expanding internationally, so teaching employees through fun facts and international cuisine helps prepare us for understanding and respecting differences represented by so many international cultures.”

 

It is the embracing of differences at Actsoft that cultivates an environment where people not only feel welcome but also are galvanized to succeed in their daily tasks and push the company to new heights.  Actsoft is and will continue to be a collective of diverse individuals striving to remain a top workplace in the Tampa Bay area.

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