March 17, 2017

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Why Your Staff Needs a Mobile App…and You Do Too

In today’s economy, there is a huge (and growihourly worker mobile appng!) number of hourly workers that need to be better managed and also need to be more engaged. This is what we call the hourly revolution. In the US and UK alone, there are more than 100m hourly workers. And they are the fastest growing segment of the labour market in the western world. They are the dynamic workforce. Our large agency clients know this situation well. They see the opportunity of helping clients manage these hourly workers. They also see the potential threat of the gig economy and know they have to streamline their operations. They need new means of communication and engagement tools. They have to adapt to better engage candidates and workers. This means that these employers now require advanced staff management solutions.

It’s all quite obvious, if you think about how we operate in the information era. We open an app and we get an Über ride in minutes. We talk to our family and friends via any of the messaging apps there are in the market. We hire a place in seconds to stay abroad over the weekend. We can even buy groceries, clothing or gadgets and get them delivered, sometimes in the same day. We have become a quick, impatient society. We want things now, we want to be in charge of what’s going on. That’s why innovative companies are starting to leverage the latest generation of workforce management platforms with mobile apps to better engage with their staff.

It makes sense for workers. They can work how, when and wherever they want. They can request days off or even swap shifts with others. They can have their upcoming schedule and pay slip at their fingertips, getting reminders of when to leave home and maps to the work site. This type of technology increases worker satisfactions, without burdening in-house management. 

And these modern staff management mobile apps are unified with fully automated staff management platforms like Sirenum. This allows management to have full control of key staff management processes, including health and safety compliance and monitoring systems that ensure that staff arrive on time–and management can quickly find replacements if not–to improve client satisfaction. This is the latest generation of workforce management software. It is already helping leading employers save up to 4% of their cost of labour, due to time savings, increased productivity, and decreased employee turnover.

July 10, 2015

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Staff Monitoring Deserves a Makeover

Staff monitoring makeoverLooking at the title, you might be thinking, “how can you possibly defend workforce monitoring?” Of course, monitoring is generally associated with employer abuse. But what about when monitoring actually improves staff productivity or health and safety? Or when monitoring can help organisations pay staff more accurately and efficiently? It’s time to really look at what staff monitoring can do.

In today’s economy, virtually every industry now relies on hourly workers for operational purposes. Furthermore, globalisation has created a work environment where mission critical employees may be located in distant regions with strict regulation around remuneration and overtime. Very often, time and attendance for these employees is only manually captured, which inevitably leads to mistakes, leading to staff not being paid accurately and creating a process where management is required to confirm manually, wasting significant time and energy. Furthermore, staff are often left without the ability to prove they actually got to work on time or stayed later than required. The natural consequence is a disengaged and unhappy workforce earning lower salaries due to what amounts to a simple human error…and unhappy management stuck with the unenviable task of manually confirming shifts and processing payroll.

But with the cloud, you can see monitoring’s better side. Companies wanting to empower their staff and ease management can now opt for cloud-based solutions that can easily prove the exact location of a worker upon arrival and departure, serving as a reliable intermediary that can’t fail, can’t lie, and is auditable. But easily getting accurate start and end times on a shift is just one benefit of monitoring staff with the cloud. Monitoring is also crucial for security companies employing lone workers, providing them with a tool to ensure they stay well while working alone. It can also lend an extra level of accuracy for the purposes of patrol, easily demonstrating to end clients the quality of the work being provided. All while not requiring management to manually process the information for customer service or payroll purposes.

So instead of staff monitoring being an ugly duckling, it looks more like it’s actually ready for its closeup.

To learn more about Sirenum monitoring solutions, please click here.