When you’re in charge of a company, especially in the field service sector, one of your main goals should be achieving top efficiency in your work. There are many elements that can help you be more efficient in your day-to-day operations, and one of them – believe it or not – is GPS tracking.
Besides other factors in your general workflow, the modern GPS tracking technology happens to be a great ally for the improvement of efficiency in the field service area. For instance, think about how you manage dispatch in your company, and the impact that an efficient handling of dispatch can have in your results.
Here are a few ideas and tips on how to improve your field service company efficiency… all thanks to the GPS tracking technology offered by Synchroteam.
Wait. Why all this fuss about efficiency?
You may be asking yourself why you should care about efficiency. The problem here is that this concept has somehow turned into a buzzword that productivity gurus tend to overuse, which in the end makes it lose its real meaning.
In plain terms, efficiency relates to the old concept of “time is money”. Being efficient at work means being able to get your work done in less time, thus increasing hourly profit and avoiding extra expenses.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the work should be done at a faster pace. Increasing speed may be dangerous in certain types of work environments, especially those related to field service and maintenance companies. This is why, if you want to improve efficiency at work, you should turn to technology instead.
Tech advances in general are a great asset for work efficiency. And GPS tracking in particular comes in really handy when trying to optimize the routes followed by your technicians in dispatch. The mapping feature in Synchroteam can help you avoid all those unnecessary trips all across town while going from one job to another. In this way your work becomes more efficient, more productive and ultimately more profitable.
Now THIS is an efficient route
So, once you understand why efficiency is important, you also need to know what makes a route really efficient. Here are three main characteristics of efficient routing (for which GPS tracking can prove very useful):
The shortest route. As the main basic rule, the shortest route between A and B is always the best in terms of time and fuel. But of course, there are other factors to be considered, such as traffic.
The amount of traffic. Like we just said, traffic can have an important impact on your schedule. Some roads are always congested at certain hours every day, and if you don’t pay attention, you may end up stuck in a traffic jam wasting time and fuel – and falling behind schedule.
Fuel optimization. A simple trick such as choosing routes with less traffic lights and stop signs can help you save some fuel in the long run. Keeping the van at a steady pace makes it more fuel-efficient, as the driver doesn’t push on the gas pedal so frequently to start the vehicle again after a stop.
The magic of GPS tracking
As you can see from the previous list, it’s the small changes that can have a deeper impact in your company in the long run. Of course, you won’t see money flowing into your bank account right away, but the improvement in efficiency should be noticeable over time, just like the savings will eventually add up.
The GPS tracking and mapping features you can find in field service management software like Synchroteam contribute to a smarter choice of routes and and improved handling of dispatch. They prevent you from going back and forth across town and enable you to fit more customers in the same time slot. In short, it’s the perfect example of how technology can help you be more efficient.