How technology is revolutionising time management
The revolution in new technology has been transforming the capability of successful organisations for decades. More recently the likes of Uber and WhatsApp have thrived on the new opportunities but what about sectors such as construction, cleaning or hospitality? The right technology has been proven to modernise and increase the efficiency of companies in these sectors too.
A 2015 report by Middlesex University’s Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) highlighted, “Government statistics showing 68 per cent of the UK’s 4.9 million SMEs set out to grow their businesses last year, but only 13 per cent succeeded in doing so” – they also found that, “Effective time management is of considerable importance in increasing performance capacity and growth.” With a workforce traveling to a number of different sites or on flexitime, poor time keeping and absent staff can be difficult to manage. A good start is to learn about how you can harness the latest know-how to improve your business.
Here are some tips for how time management technology like uAttend can help your business:
Doing away with timesheets
Accurate information about the hours your employees have worked should be at the heart of your business. Some businesses looking for a new clocking in system have decided to do away with old-style timesheets. Richard Goodall, Security Manager at N&P Electrical has recognised the benefits of paperless working, telling us “As the company is growing we wanted to move towards paperless working and replace the paper timesheets we were using. At the same time with more people working off-site we needed to improve the accuracy of the clocking in data.”
For other companies, the appeal is increased efficiency and value-for money offered by a cloud-based time management system. Bobby Lambkin-Williams, group accountant for the Brighton Implant Clinic, told us why they looked for a new clocking in system. He said “We chose uAttend because the system offered the flexibility and convenience we were looking for from a cloud-based service. It was also much cheaper than our existing solution. The fact that hardware support was also included in the cost was a bonus too.” A particular strength of automated attendance software is that Finance and HR time is saved through faster, more efficient processing of payroll.
Proving staff are where they should be
For some organisations it can be challenging to keep track of staff on dispersed sites working a range of hours. Employees can forget swipe cards or fobs, or worse, may be tempted to clock in for each other. A simple solution is using facial recognition clocking in terminals which can be easily installed on customer sites. Keith Busfield, IT Support Manager at Future Cleaning Services is keen to harness the benefits of new technology for his company. He said “We chose uAttend as it’s really easy to set-up and manage. Because uAttend is cloud-based, it’s low maintenance for me – I don’t have to install or update software which frees up my time for other projects like the customer portal.”
In a nutshell, new technology can give you access to data anytime, anywhere. A key benefit is that different authorised staff can access the data at the same time and from different locations – another major advantage of cloud-based software over paper-based systems or even hard-drive based computer systems.
The digital revolution has already begun with a majority of people owning smartphones and laptops. Now companies are investing in cloud-based solutions to take their business a step further and give them a competitive edge.
A time and attendance system is ideal for businesses of all types, big or small across a range of sectors. With mobile staff and variable patterns of working it is difficult to deny the value of an equally mobile and flexible time management strategy.
uAttend is a simple but smart system. Book a demo and see for yourself today.