Employees are one of the most valuable assets any company possesses.
The way we manage our companies is changing. Old methods are proving to be less effective and result in more loss than the new management tools available to us today.
Talking to the average semi-truck driver, you'll find that they're used to driving up to 3,000 miles a week. While you might only need to have your drivers moving supplies a few hundred miles a week, responsible drivers can take on those miles without incident. If you're looking to recruit the best drivers out there, you need to weed out distracted and reckless drivers from the talent pool.
Is your company consider switching to a mobile worker? There are many benefits of allowing your employees to work remote. Yet many managers seem to get intimidated by the idea of free-roaming employees.
Adept use of technology can make mobile workers measurable and also increase workforce productivity. But this is still early days and is really only being utilised in some industries. In our new management brief – Mobile Workforce Management Guide 2015 – we detail the results of an IBM survey where participants were asked to “estimate the extent to which mobility has improved overall workforce productivity today.” Interestingly, in three years time 40% expect improvements of 10-20% and 36% are looking for improvements of greater than 20%.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at The University of Sheffield, a UK-based research consortium, has developed a prototype for improving the workforce productivity of maintenance and repair operations in sectors such as aerospace, shipping, oil and gas. Using a combination of augmented reality and robotics, it is able to bring critical information and remote expertise directly to field engineers. Early use of the system has yielded reductions in capital expenditure from 3 to 7 per cent, increased production between 8 and 15 per cent and achieved 10 to 25 per cent operating cost savings. This is a great example of the adept use of technology to increase workforce productivity, reduce costs and in turn protect employees.