14.04
2020

Weathering the Storm: Sanitation Management During the Pandemic

Sanitation companies tasked with cleaning contaminated areas are more essential than ever right now in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, with an increase in public health awareness comes an increase in workload for these kinds of businesses, which can be especially tough to manage if they don’t currently have a workforce management solution in place. Thankfully, our all-in-one platform, Encore, is able to help cleaning businesses effectively keep their operations under control, even amid a rapid acceleration in demand for their services. These key features of Encore all work together to help sanitation companies like yours work both smarter and safer during this time.

Job Dispatching

For decontamination jobs that require your teams to switch and attend to more severely affected areas on the fly, use Encore’s Job Dispatching feature. Plan out job schedules in advance for certain employees, and if more staff are required at a new, more important location to help disinfect it, easily reroute your personnel as needed to reduce fuel costs and accomplish more work in the same amount of time.

GPS Tracking

GPS Tracking allows your administrators to create extra levels of both transparency and accountability in your workforce, particularly when it comes to critical situations such as the current pandemic. Use this feature to see the locations of clocked-in mobile employees, company vehicles, and sanitation equipment to verify that the correct locations are being serviced, as well as to help ensure staff remain on-task. Monitoring the physical locations of your company’s service vehicles and cleaning tools also adds another layer of security over the valuable things your business needs to successfully run.

Wireless Forms

Track completed work efficiently and electronically with Wireless Forms. Using this feature, it’s easy to create digital versions of all your sanitation company’s documents, such as health checklists, cleaning records, and even billing forms. Form Workflows also allows your staff to pass incomplete documents off digitally from one worker’s device to verify that proper decontamination protocols are being followed. Plus, employees can help lower their risk of accidentally passing on any dangerous contagions using this feature, as they can work together to complete forms by only sending and receiving documents from their individually assigned mobile devices.

In today’s climate, good management is all about resource maximization. Let Encore help your sanitation company make the most of its materials, spend less, stay safer, and serve the public more powerfully.

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08.04
2020

Weathering the Storm: Transportation Management During the Pandemic

While the current pandemic has created a drop-off in business for many companies, most that are considered ‘essential’ are working in overdrive right now. It’s been said that in many ways, the trucking industry is the backbone of the American economy, and with the goods that so many desperately need in high demand, companies that do commercial transport are working around the clock to keep grocery stores adequately stocked and the public supplied, as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times together.

To help make things easier for transportation businesses, Actsoft’s all-in-one business solution, Encore, provides essential tools for greater efficiency and productivity. These features help with documentation and data collection in the field, making it simpler than ever to coordinate deliveries, even during a time where resources may be severely strained.

ELD

Our ELD solution is an add-on capability for Encore that’s powered by VisTracks. It helps your transportation business save valuable time by automatically documenting driver logs, as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition to improving time management, ELD on Encore helps reduce accuracy errors when it comes to recordkeeping, reducing your company’s chances to incur expensive regulatory fines.

GPS Tracking

Encore’s multifaceted GPS Tracking feature is different from many other tracking solutions on the market because it’s capable of monitoring handsets, assets, and fleet vehicles. This gives you premier insight daily into the ways your delivery trucks and employees are operating. Plus, use Asset Tracking to keep tabs on cargo containers and better protect the valuable supplies inside them that need to be delivered.

Wireless Forms

Once a delivery has been completed, use Encore’s Wireless Forms feature to efficiently document status updates for management to see. Save on annual paper costs by allowing your transportation company’s administrators (who are back at headquarters) to receive these updates nearly instantly.

Job Dispatching

Make on the fly changes to delivery orders with Encore’s Job Dispatching feature. Any assignment adjustments that are made are automatically sent to drivers’ mobile devices, saving your drivers extra time and enhancing their task efficiency.

These four features of our end-to-end solution can truly improve the ways that your transportation company works. Times are tough, but with the power of Encore, you can save more resources for your team while continuing to powerfully serve those in need.

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28.01
2020

Encore’s Web Forms: A Key Tool for Streamlining Data Collection

In a previous enhancement to Encore, we released Form Workflows, a feature that allows one of your mobile employees in the field to begin filling out a digital document and then send it in a chain of command to other staff members for completion. Now, we’ve improved this functionality even further with Web Forms.

Available exclusively to users of Encore’s Ultimate tier, Web Forms provides the administrators at your company’s home office with the ability to start completing an electronic form on a desktop computer. They can then easily transfer it to your mobile workers in the field, saving time and making data collection far easier for your team. Employees away from the office can also start a document and send it back to the office for finalization on a desktop.

Benefits of Web Forms:

  • Implement command chains for forms in order to improve team collaboration.
  • Decrease paperwork costs and the time it takes to pass and collect information even further.
  • Improve productivity, accountability, and versatility with efficient, customer-friendly documentation that can be processed multiple different ways.
  • Set payment authorization workflows that automatically redirect certain expense limits to decision-makers.

A good example of Web Forms in action would be in the case of an HVAC company sending out mobile technicians to customer homes to fix broken air conditioning units. Rather than having the field employee begin a digital maintenance form from scratch and unnecessarily waste time inputting information, they can begin making their repairs earlier, with office personnel filling in any preliminary data while the tech drives to the job site.

For other types of businesses where purchase orders are more common, an employee can use Web Forms to begin filling out a purchase request document at company headquarters that will automatically redirect to a designated manager’s mobile device for review, even if that manager is currently away from the office. By helping to bring the dispersed parts of your workforce closer together, use Encore and its new Web Forms feature to improve cohesiveness and cost efficiency across your entire operation.

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07.01
2020

Ways to Optimize Your Company’s Communication

Communication is essential to good business, and if it’s a skill that’s suffering at your workplace, there are undoubtedly hidden costs that come into play. Poor communication can result in lowered morale at best, and incredibly costly mistakes at worst. In fact, according to The Holmes Report, the total cost of ineffective communication for 400 surveyed companies with at least 100,000 employees was a staggering $37 billion. Given these potentially catastrophic results, here are four steps you can take to make sure your organization is firing on all cylinders when it comes to efficiency and clear directives.

Ensure proper email etiquette is in place.

Even something as simple as training your employees with a quick, 10-minute video on best practices for email communication is a great way to help verify that things are conveyed clearly, concisely, and professionally. Also, emphasize the importance of spelling and grammar checks across your organization; whether it’s responding internally to a coworker or manager, or externally to a business customer, it’s always important to ensure that communications remain accurate so that respect for the recipient is consistently upheld.

Schedule meetings that are actually productive.

Meetings that accomplish nothing are more than just a waste of time; they can harm workforce productivity if they’re taking people away from their work and nothing’s being done. To mitigate this, define a handful of specific goals that the meeting needs to accomplish prior to its start time, and once those goals are all accomplished, end the meeting promptly. This helps everyone remain focused on finding solutions, rather than on arbitrary conversations. Asking the individuals in the meeting for feedback about your strategies also welcomes additional diversity to the discussion, which is another essential element to good workplace communication.

Implement an efficient chain of command.

For certain forms of internal communication, such as purchase order or product collateral requests, it’s always a smart idea to establish protocols. Following standard operating procedures enables your team members to reach out to the correct individuals for these requests from the start, eliminate unnecessary back-and-forth, and ensure that the correct materials are received expediently.

Use Encore to coordinate with employees that work away from the office.

Our flagship mobile application, Encore, can help you more efficiently communicate with your internal and mobile staff by allowing your administrators to send out new instructions to them on the fly, receive collected data from the field digitally, and more. As the most powerful solution listed here for helping keep your communication inefficiencies to a minimum, Encore works to provide companies like yours with features for high savings.

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26.11
2019

The Benefits of a Company Newsletter

Keeping everyone in your organization on the same page is essential to success, and one tried and true method of doing so is through a recurring newsletter that’s sent internally to your employees.

As a dynamic piece of content, your newsletter should effectively blend both graphics and text to convey your messaging. And while not all of the benefits of a newsletter may be strictly numbers-based, there’s something to be said about how creating one can bring your company closer together and work to inform employees of happenings in your organization, particularly outside of what their typical day-to-day schedules would normally include. Here are three major pluses that composing a newsletter can provide to your business.

Enhanced focus

Coordinate with your company’s leadership team about what topics will be addressed for your newsletter and try to thread a singular message throughout the entire piece. This works to provide insight to your staff and helps them realize the most important major corporate-wide objective at hand, improving organizational clarity.

Initiatives communicated

Reiterate the current primary goals for your business when creating your newsletter. If there are any key projects affecting multiple departments, provide updates within the content on what’s been accomplished, as well as what’s on the horizon. Communicating initiatives and documenting their progressions gives your team everything it needs to seamlessly shift from one task to the next in a more efficient, productive manner.

Buy-in generated

Featured sections of your newsletter where different viewpoints or departmental highlights are given can greatly improve engagement across your entire workforce. If multiple individuals from various departments have a hand in sharing information for your newsletter, buy-in is generated and employees become even more empowered.

For any other methods of communication your company may require, Actsoft solutions can help. With features built into our all-in-one business management software that help you reach your mobile employees nearly instantly, you can coordinate operations with ease. An effective newsletter keeps your staff up to date on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis; for all other needs, our solutions allow you to efficiently communicate with them at a moment’s notice.

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07.08
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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11.03
2019

Feature Study: Job Dispatching on Encore

To continue our series of feature studies, next we’ll look at Encore’s Job Dispatching feature, and what it can do for businesses of any size. This aspect of the solution helps employees make the most of their time in the field during working hours by making communication and team coordination easier to accomplish.

Administrators at company headquarters can use Job Dispatching to reroute mobile staff on the fly. They’re able to see the near real-time positions of workers in the field and direct the nearest ones with open availability to new tasks. In addition to strengthening connectivity, this feature helps businesses save money by helping them improve time management. Making efficient use of the hours in a typical workday is a balancing act, and it’s one that directly impacts productivity. By using Job Dispatching to direct, change workflows, and stay in contact with mobile employees, businesses with remote workforces can ensure that their scheduling remains optimized.

If your employees are able to reach new work locations quicker, customer satisfaction can also increase. Job Dispatching works in tandem with GPS Tracking to make finding and sending out the nearest available worker simpler, allowing them to accelerate their response times to new tasks. Use these features together to help enhance the reputation of your brand to customers even more, while potentially increasing revenue at the same time.

The task of communicating out new instructions effectively to remote workers can be difficult if the right tools aren’t being used, but for all things mobile resource management, there’s Job Dispatching on Encore. See how this feature can help companies like yours today with a free live demo.

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27.11
2018

Stocks, Assets, and Work Site Tracking

For many investors, it’s a common belief that maintaining a diverse financial portfolio is an effective way to minimize risk. To those who follow this strategy, the idea is that holding stocks in multiple different sectors can potentially offset some of the losses that would’ve arisen from having placed all their chips on a single failing investment. Their ownership of shares in a wide array of other better-performing investments may serve as a buoy to the negatives that they’ll inevitably encounter when trading.

That being said, it should come as no surprise that purchasing shares of stocks always carries a certain measure of risk with it, as past returns will never guarantee future market results. However, the potential of compounding interest still entices investors to put their money into the market, and weigh its risks accordingly.

Physical assets that your company might own such as equipment, cargo, and fleet vehicles are all just as much valuable investments as they are functional tools, and with Actsoft solutions, they can be shielded from risk. Features of our software like GPS Tracking and Alerts help your team thoroughly manage its materials, and use them more efficiently in the field by detailing their near real-time locations. Any time you’re unsure of where a particular asset is located, simply open up your Actsoft application and pinpoint it.

Take asset security a step further with Geofences, another feature of our products. Using Geofences, you can draw boundaries around job zones on your solution’s live view map, and monitor any entries or exits of the perimeter by your team’s tracked equipment. Alerts keep administrators informed of work site activity on the fly, and help them verify that company tools are being used properly around the clock.

Never leave the assets that your business requires to chance with our solutions. Once risk has been eliminated from the picture of equipment security, retain peace of mind while your tools are dispersed, and allow some of the most accurate tracking technology available to start saving you money.

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25.09
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Construction

Actsoft solutions help to power forward the construction industry by bringing dispersed workforces together. Three of the most important things for effective building strategies are consistently meeting deadlines, ensuring that worker safety remains accounted for, and protecting assets around the clock. All of these critical objectives can be attained using the capabilities of our software.

Stay right on schedule

Once a building project has been planned and announced, the clock is immediately ticking on its completion. One of the best ways for contractors to establish a sterling reputation with their customers is to consistently deliver on project timelines, and features of our solutions like Wireless Forms and Mobile Timekeeping make it easy to do. By allowing workers to complete more of their daily tasks while away from the home office, these tools help companies save time and money effectively.

Enhance work site safety

Construction work often times requires heavy machinery, which can carry a certain degree of danger. Actsoft’s GPS Tracking tool makes the pinpointed locations of employees readily available to see, so companies know exactly where their staff are in case of a critical situation. Dispatching is another powerful feature of our software that can help to keep employees safe, as it enables construction businesses to send out requests for assistance nearly instantly via wireless notifications, whenever an emergency might occur.

Keep important equipment secure

Heavy machinery like bulldozers, cranes, and crawler excavators can cost thousands of dollars to replace if lost. Thankfully, contracting companies can use Actsoft’s Asset Tracking technology to be constantly in-the-know about where their important construction equipment is. The ability to leave machinery dispersed in the field overnight gives businesses an immense amount of extra potential for savings, and with custom alerts for unauthorized movements, contracting businesses can rest assured that their assets are monitored around the clock.

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10.09
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in the Public Sector

Public sector entities can experience mission-critical situations on a routine basis during daily operations, making timeliness and attention to detail imperative. As a result, for government-sponsored agencies such as law enforcement, city utilities, inspectors, and parks and recreation, it’s always a necessity to have clear lines of communication, strong insight, and effective mobile workforce management strategies in place. In the wake of natural disasters and other types of emergencies, solutions that help to reduce any points of inefficiency can be key to accelerating response times, and providing better service to the public.

Actsoft has taken a versatile approach to our digital solutions’ development process, particularly when it comes to what public sector jobs specifically need for success out of an application. Our library of features has been engineered to encompass everything a department could possibly require for sustained efficiency, simplified processes, and better task delegation. Here’s a few of our solutions’ most applicable features to the public sector:

Dispatching

Take the guesswork out of coordinating your mobile workforce with Dispatching. Directing remote employees to new job sites via smartphones or tablets can increase responsiveness to critical scenarios, and make communication between dispatchers and first responders easier than ever to maintain.

Wireless Forms

With Wireless Forms, the hassles of traditional forms are no more. Allow Actsoft to help transition all of your paper documents onto a clean, digital system that works for your organization, and receive crucial data from the field nearly instantly. Electronic storage is able to safeguard sensitive information, and also help to ensure that it never gets lost by accident.

Mobile Timekeeping

Employees can clock in and out remotely using this powerful feature, and when used in tandem with GPS Tracking, they’re able to safely keep business vehicles at their homes overnight. Save on fuel costs, reduce unnecessary trips back to the office for clocking in, and enhance workforce productivity with Mobile Timekeeping.

GPS Tracking

GPS Tracking allows for employees and fleet vehicles to be surveilled around the clock. Squad cars, utility vehicles, and other assets can be monitored via satellite-enabled tracking, making GPS pinpointing a vital tool that helps to facilitate strong team direction on the fly.

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