Advice, tips, and hacks to improve field team's operational efficiency
Not aiming to advertise Fluix at all right now, I do want to mention that Fluix is all about helping teams to work more productively on the go, bridging gaps between those in the field and at the office. So no wonder we as a team are trying to live up to the principles of our own product and have practiced working with each other from various locations for quite a while now. I have to be honest here and admit that we have not yet mastered it, no fooling ourselves. There’s lots of room for improvement. However, over the years I’ve personally experimented with what it means for the Fluix team to achieve our goals despite not sharing one workplace and the good thing is - I definitely see progress. So, how is that progress achieved? A couple of principles need to be put in place, from my point of view:
During these unusual and uncertain times, communities are doing their part to reduce risks to public health and mitigate the problem as quickly as possible. One way companies are maintaining social distance is by adopting remote work arrangements to, remain productive. For those tasked with working remotely for the very first time, the idea of replacing in-person meetings and water cooler chat with a laptop and a webcam can seem like a daunting challenge.
Facility managers are often tasked with the delicate balance of running an updated, streamlined operation at the lowest cost possible. Workflow management software helps facility managers operate within those margins, delivering paperless, streamlined operations that make it possible to take better control over day-to-day operations. With just six simple steps facility managers can take to easily reduce operational building maintenance costs using automated workflows:
2019 was a robust year for the engineering and construction industry, and experts predict this market growth will continue into 2020, despite some challenges. Here's how to use the top AEC industry trends to combat these challenges and leverage ongoing opportunities for your own company growth.
As field service and construction companies embrace customer-centric approaches, digital transformation becomes essential. Unfortunately, digitalization challenges within organizations often make transformation impossible. In 2018, 78% of enterprises failed to sustain their digital transformation goals due to operational shortcomings. These include organizational complexity, employee resistance, and a lack of partner resources. How can companies succeed in their digital transformation? Here we investigate the top three reasons companies fail as well as identify the strategies and resources needed to succeed.
Across all industries, businesses are consistently seeking improvements to daily workflows in order to gain a strategic edge. This is especially true for insurers, faced with fierce industry competition with a significant amount of money on the line. Streamlined workflows are one powerful way for insurers to reduce their costs, improve efficiency, and remain nimble. Here are five common insurance industry processes that document management software streamlines today:
Automation is expanding its role in industrial and business functions. Gartner predicts 69% of managers’ routine tasks will be fully automated by 2024. Automation allows leaders to focus more on customer experiences, high-level decision making, and empowering their employees — by reducing risk, labor hours, and the time it takes to complete everyday tasks.
Any business owner and manager knows that change is necessary in order to remain competitive and sustainable, but what they often overlook is how workflows can be utilized to keep the business running lean. Here are three ways to get your workflows looking lean in 2020.
At the Fluix Productivity Meetup in Berlin, Jen Butler spoke with Alberto Dabusti, Energy Engineer at Apleona, about how the future of the Energy industry is definitely digital.
Attending construction events is one of the best ways to promote your company’s services and products, learn about industry trends affecting your business in the future, and finding potential customers and subcontractors. Haven’t decided which construction shows to attend this year? No need to worry. We’ve gathered a list of the most popular events in North America that shouldn’t be missed!
Before the first shovel hits the dirt, construction project managers must have a full financial understanding of how the final project will come to fruition. After all, buildings don’t just show up overnight: equipment, field workers, permits, and office space, are the result of careful planning and coordination. Establishing a proper construction project budget ensures work can be carried out from conception to completion.
Documentation requirements for energy companies are getting stricter and more complicated every year. But how do you manage to keep track of everything? Your options for document management solutions are to either keep things on-premise in file cabinets or servers or store documents in the cloud. Want to know which one is the best choice for your company? Let’s compare them head-to-head to see which one emerges as the winner in our industry best-practice showdown.
Receiving a holiday gift from an employer is a timeless seasonal gesture. Whether it’s a fruitcake or a subscription to the Coffee-of-the-Month Club, a token of appreciation around the holiday season is always a welcomed surprise.
#1 - Don’t try to cook a family Holiday dinner by yourself. Even Wolfgang Puck has kitchen helpers. Worst case scenario, Uber Eats delivers pizza and Chinese food on the Holidays!
No contractor wants to make a mistake at a construction site. An inaccurate measurement, the wrong material, or poor communication can wreak havoc on a project’s schedule, with even the slightest of errors leading to long-term delays. That’s not to mention the dangers construction mistakes can pose, placing the physical safety of workers or passersby at risk.
We invited a small group of our customers to join us in Berlin on October 29th, for a full day of informative talks, knowledge-sharing and networking at the Berlin Capital Club.
Fluix turns 5 on November 5th! In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, let’s travel back in time to where the story of Fluix began.
Ahhh, Autumn! Crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING -- these are the very essence of Fall -- but it’s also the time of year when time-sensitive projects begin to wrap-up.
The days of “learn it the old way first” are gone. Digitization is rapidly revamping how we learn and how we bring new knowledge into our daily workflows. Trainers face various challenges, including budget cuts and imparting vast amounts of knowledge in short periods of time. Wouldn't it be nice to make life a little easier? By optimizing training processes you can save time, money and your trainer’s sanity!
As of mid-2019, over 750,000 active podcasts and more than 30 million podcast episodes exist worldwide. While it may seem that everyone and their dog has a podcast nowadays, there are some real gems out there that shouldn’t be overlooked. For example, some podcasts offer opportunities to listen to industry leaders -- without the hefty price tag of a conference keynote ticket! To help you navigate your way through the vast offering of energy-related podcasts, we’ve listed 3 of our favorites. Enjoy!
Documents thrown all over the office? Field teams confused with which documents go where, and who needs to sign what? Can’t confidently make data-driven decisions? We hate to break it to you, but throwing a coin down an oil or gas well and making a wish isn’t going to solve your document management or workflow problems.
By 2022, around 4% of global electricity production will be solar generated. As solar companies try to increase capacity to meet demand, optimizing their day-to-day processes via workflow automation becomes a necessity... Here are 6 ways workflow automation is helping solar companies and their field teams shine bright.
When it comes to wind power, we’re real big fans. But, did you know that Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs in the wind industry are set to rise globally to $17-billion in 2020? This means now is a good time to take a look at how operations and maintenance workflows can be optimized for efficiency.
We’re a little over mid-way through 2019, so it's the perfect time to kick back with a coffee (or whatever you're having) and remind ourselves of one of our favourite Fluix product updates from Q2: Google Sheets integration via Zapier. Enjoy!
It’s almost quitting time for the day, and even though you’ve done all of your core tasks, there’s still a bunch of manual admin work left. And all you can think is, “I just don’t have the &%$! energy for this...” You know this pain well, so if you could save your team from it and make them more productive at the same time, why wouldn’t you?
Some software demos are just demo-tivating, right? Want to find out some helpful ways to leverage the true value of demos? Keep reading!
Repeat after us: “Spreadsheets are not data visualizations.” Spreadsheets that try to convey the story behind your data are like two-day-old donuts: STALE. Contemporary whiteboard art, confusing graphs and boring pie charts need to (Van) Gogh away for good too! They should all be replaced with software that allows you to create engaging visual representations of your data. Are we right, or are we right?
So far, 2019 is all about disrupting industries and thinking "lean". The common thread between these concepts is business process transformation - addressing process and productivity flaws and making positive changes that will help you to transform and grow your business in a sustainable way.
You’re right on-track with the latest technology when you’re designing plans and bidding for contracts, so your day-to-day processes should be no different.