Benefits of Remote Workforce Outweigh Challenges, say Workforce Monitoring Experts IQ:timecard
Workforce monitoring experts IQ:timecard have spoken out in defence of the new legion of remote workers in the UK, stating that the benefits of employing such a flexible workforce greatly outweigh the challenges that businesses face in managing mobile workers.
Despite mobile working rising exponentially with the advent of such technologically advanced working solutions, many businesses are still reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, as they worry about things like tracking their staff, making the right payments for work hours, a lack of face-to-face time and other special accommodations they must make. But IQTimecard are urging more businesses to embrace the benefits, which certainly offset the challenges faced and offer numerous advantages for businesses.
David Lynes, Director of IQ:timecard, says, “The rise of the mobile worker is well-documented, and the virtues of these new methods are widely extolled, but there are still many businesses that have a certain sense of trepidation when it comes to revamping their workforce and making them more mobile. Though the future of many businesses undoubtedly lies in remote working, moving from location to location and being flexible in schedule, businesses worry about the challenges they feel this change would bring about.”
He adds, “Luckily, the technology is available for businesses to feel fully connected and still ‘in control’ of their remote employees, even if they are not working from a specific location. As well as our electronic call monitoring solution, there are new apps and software that can help businesses remain in touch with remote staff, manage their payroll systems and effectively optimise and manage their remote workforce.”
IQ:timecard is a time and attendance solution that is proving to be an incredibly useful innovation for sectors such as health and home care, security and the contract cleaning industry. These sectors have masses of employees that must flit between locations as part of their working day, often without any means to clock in or clock out; tracking the attendance and punctuality of such employees is one of the biggest challenges that many of these businesses face.
In the past, employees would need to record their times of arrivals and working hours, but these could be erroneous, or fraudulent, and could lead to businesses losing money. But with the introduction of IQ:timecard to many organisations in these fields, operations have become more streamlined and reliable, and staff members can only claim wages for the working hours they have put in.
On arriving at a client location, employees call a free-phone number which is linked with the IQ:timecard monitoring system. The system then requests a PIN number unique to the employee, and using this PIN (as well as unique Caller Line Identification), the sophisticated system can determine the employee and client, logging the time of the call within the system. The procedure is repeated when the client leaves the location, ensuring that the precise working hours are logged accurately and removing the need for lengthy paperwork and payroll forms.
Of course, these are not the only challenges faced by businesses managing remote workers, but time management and attendance is one of the most crucial factors that managers will worry about. With new time tracking software like IQ:timecard, employers can rest assured that their staff will be monitored, their movements logged and their payroll issues taken care of, without so much as touching pen to paper.