It is fair to say that the workplace has changed almost beyond all recognition over the past few decades. Instead of tiny cubicles and clackety typewriters there are now open plan expanses and silent touchscreens. Along with significant changes in interior design and equipment, working practices within the workplace have also developed markedly. While workers from previous generations fully expected to come into work, clock-in, put in a shift, clock-out and then go home; today’s employees are able to take advantage of more fluid ways of working. Indeed, the advancement of digital technology has made it possible for individual workers to carry out their tasks away from their employers’ premises at times which may not may not fall within normal operating hours.
In today’s world of anytime, anywhere work, employees can use whatever device is most convenient: a desktop at home, a laptop on a train, a tablet in a meeting, or a smartphone everywhere else, to get their work done.
Whilst it may seem like these developments apply chiefly to office-based employees, it is not just so-called ‘desk jockeys’ who are benefiting from the innovative fruits of the Digital Age. To be sure, mobile operatives whose occupations require them to carry out tasks ‘on the road’ can also take advantage of these uniquely convenient and efficient twenty-first century working practices.
A good example of this can be seen within the waste management industry.
Companies that provide waste management services need to have their operatives out and about as they must carry out a wide range of effective waste management tasks in and around their locale on a daily basis. Needless to say, there are regulations to adhere to and records to be kept within this sector just as there are with most industries these days. However, it goes without saying that filling out waste transfer notes after every job and ferrying paperwork back to the head office intermittently throughout the day is a bit of a chore for mobile waste management operatives. After all, parking up somewhere to fill out forms and going ‘off route’ to drop in paperwork to company administrators hardly helps them to be more productive.
It is because of this that increasing numbers of waste management companies are taking advantage of electronic waste management software apps. These innovative remote working solutions can be invaluable to waste management operatives because they completely eliminate the need to carry out time-consuming paperwork.
The great thing about these solutions is that every single job can be quickly logged onto the app and then relayed immediately back to head office where it will recorded on to the company’s main computer system. Suffice to say, this significantly reduces the administration time involved in logging routine notes due to the fact that no paper has to be involved. Moreover, clients can sign off on jobs via the app, while the lack of a physical paper trail ensures mobile workers needn’t worry about losing records.
About the author – Bo Heamyan blogs regularly about twenty-first century working practices and and has written extensively about the merits of using high quality remote worker software solutions for a number of leading websites, including MyMobileWorkers.com.