There are many challenges to consider when your business is mobile. One of which involves keeping track of your workforce and assets. How you do it could determine the success of your business. The development of mobile devices and powerful technology has made it easier for businesses to keep track of their men and property. In the process, businesses save time and money. Use of tracking software also allows staff to become more efficient at their line of work.
Picking the right tracking software takes a lot of research and work as well. Each business is different. They have unique set of needs and finding the right software to do the job can be tricky. Here is a list of how not to pick the right workforce tracking software for your company.
Not assessing business needs
Tracking software involves investment in time, money and effort. Businesses need to take stock of what they have and what they need to make the most out of their investment.
Before buying any type of equipment, technology or software for the business, it is important to take a step back and assess the situation. Business owners should take a look at what their current state is, what their goals are and how they intend to achieve that goal. By considering these three aspects, entrepreneurs can determine what their business needs are and what type of asset tracking software can address those needs.
One way to assess the business needs is to ask your personnel. Talk to the people who would directly benefit or be affected with the use of the technology. Determine what processes can be streamlined and how the staff can be made more efficient with their work.
Based on their input, make a list of your business requirements. If it is a long list, determine which ones are more important or need to be prioritized. This information will become your basis for choosing your asset management software.
Buying the first software
There are plenty of software and apps with similar features. You can find one that suits your business’ particular needs. However, you will need to see what is available on the market and compare them against each other. See which one fulfills the business’ requirements and limitations.
Lack of training
Integrating any tool into the business work flow takes time. Besides purchasing the software itself, business people need to allocate resources to training their staff and personnel in how to use it, what current processes may be changed or amended to accommodate the new tool. In some cases, you may need to hire additional help or avail of training videos and other resources to properly train and make the most out of your new tracking tool.
When you acquire any new tool or software, it is important to fully implement it inside your business. Anything less than 100 percent could jeopardize or affect any benefit you would have achieved with this investment. Do not let any of the intended users opt out of using the new tool, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Invest in training tools to make sure that the intended users understand how to use it.
Failing to monitor its performance
Once the software is integrated into the business work flow, it needs to be regularly monitored and assessed. Complete integration takes time. For one, the staff need to be trained on how to use the software and make it a part of their work tasks. They also need time to get used to the software, understand how to use it and explore all of its features. You also need to see the tool is truly helping the business attain its goals. This will allow owners to see if the tool is worth the investment.
There are several factors to consider when it comes to picking the right workforce management software for your business. Avoid committing the previously listed mistakes so you and your business can maximize the benefits of using the tool.
Oliver Threlfall is the CEO of TechLoc, a provider of innovative assets and workforce management technology for businesses. Techloc asset tracking and business systems now has three international offices in the US, Canada and Australia and continues to roll out all over the globe. A biology major at Deakin University and a born entrepreneur, Oliver also founded Steamatic Australia, a leading cleaning and restoration firm servicing Australian businesses and families.