Time and attendance
A time and attendance software package will tell you who is working when on what job for how long and produce reports for payroll. It can be set to automatically account for start and end times, breaks, lunch, etc. to reduce the time your employees spend recording their time.
Job costing software adds the ability to track inventory costs plus the labor hours consumed against the job while the job is in progress.
An inventory control software package will account for your stock parts and tell you when you need to reorder. It can issue parts to a work order or job and confirm that the correct items have been put on the truck. Barcoded inventory makes it quick and easy to take an inventory count.
Barcode technology has been actively used for over 20 years in manufacturing, distribution and retail to track inventory and jobs. The barcode terminals are similar to PDA’s, and provide immediate and accurate information. There are barcode labels designed for harsh environments that are durable enough to withstand the dirt, grease and rough use that many tools experience.
Making the job of your employees easier by assuring that they have what they need to perform at their best reduces stress. Showing them that you are taking steps to increase the profitability of each job will provide them more confidence in the company.
While technology won’t cure the credit crunch business owners are facing, automated processes that improve cash flow and keep lenders in the loop, demonstrating that the business “has its act together” can go a long way in convincing lenders that their risk is low.