In a lot of industries such as home healthcare, commercial security or the hospitality sector, a remote-based, mobile workforce is a necessity. While there many advantages to employing a remote workforce, managing this workforce can quickly turn into a nightmare without the proper tools.
As your employees are remote, it is not possible to casually drop in on them to see how things are going. It’s therefore important to hire the kind of people that are responsible and able to perform with minimal supervision. It’s also key to train them properly and to equip them with the right tools to make their job easier. But how can this be achieved?
Utilization of Smartphones
According to the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans own a smartphone these days, up from 58% in early 2014. This upward trend will likely continue and businesses can benefit a lot by taking advantage of this widespread and already adopted mobile technology. Smartphones make it possible to have schedules available for your employees at their fingertips, anytime and anywhere. Your employees can confirm that they have seen their schedule, submit their availability to make your scheduling more accurate and put their shifts into their own calendar.
Smartphones can also be used as clock-in devices. At many sites, especially if there are few workers assigned to that specific work place, the use of installed time clocks may not be accessible or cost effective. Using smartphones as time clocks makes costly investment in and maintenance of stationary clocks unnecessary. Equipped with GPS and a mobile app that sends clock-in information back to your scheduling and time and attendance software, you can make sure that hours are tracked correctly and compliance with laws and regulations is met. Alerts can notify you of missed clock-ins or clock-outs and integration with your scheduling software lets you react quickly to last-minute changes. Setting up regular checks lets you know that your security guards, for example, are safe and still on the post, thus putting your mind at ease.
Enabling your employees to remotely track and record their hours simplifies and shortens time and attendance processes considerably. It is also easier for your employees to make use of the phone they use and always carry with them every day, than having to adapt to different clocks at different work sites. Take advantage of a mobile app that guarantees the best possible management of your mobile workforce.
For more information on how to streamline mobile workforce scheduling contact us today. We’re looking forward to demonstrate how simple this process is with our software.