Why the military is joining the ranks of mobile workers

Why the military is joining the ranks of mobile workers

When you think of military research and development, you probably think of Q type boffins testing out lethal devices in some underground bunker. What you don’t think of, is your local mobile phone shop.

But this is where you’re likely to find the next generation of military devices. Because both the UK and US armed forces are now developing ways to use the power of consumer smartphones to help soldiers to... soldier.

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How to stop ‘driving’ up business costs

How to stop ‘driving’ up business costs

If your business relies on road travel, you may have recently caught yourself gazing lovingly at the price boards outside petrol station forecourts.

Fuel prices in the UK have been plummeting; they’ve now dropped to their lowest level since 2008. It’s fab news for any organisation which relies on teams of road-based fieldworkers.

But the problem with prices going down is that, sooner or later, they’ll lurch back up.

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Protect your company from the scourge of the late payer

Protect your company from the scourge of the late payer

There are many different qualities we look for in an employer. Cool company logo, corporate perks and… comfy chairs. But there’s one thing, above all else, that really matters - that they pay us.

Because without being paid on time, things can swiftly spiral downwards. We struggle to pay the mortgage, the monthly bills, the loan repayments. And yet, these are exactly the kind of problems faced on a daily basis by businesses throughout the UK.

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Accident inquiry highlights need for robust safety plans

Accident inquiry highlights need for robust safety plans

The importance of effective safety plans in protecting UK road workers has been highlighted by the HSE. It follows a recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inquiry which looked at the circumstances behind a fatal accident involving a Highways Agency road worker.

In September 2012, a 59-year-old traffic officer was clearing up a section of the M25 following a car accident between junctions four and five.

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Why the new offline feature is really rather good

Why the new offline feature is really rather good

It’s estimated that UK companies lose around £1.7 billion each year through dodgy mobile phone coverage.

The survey, commissioned by ip.access, found most disruption being caused in open-plan offices where employees struggled to get a decent mobile signal.

But dodgy reception is something also affecting our mobile workers who help to test the mobile phone companies’ claims about network coverage.

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A Brief History of British Roads Maintenance

A Brief History of British Roads Maintenance

It has been described as a ‘roads revolution’ - the biggest investment in the UK road system since the 1970s. Over the next decade, more than £15 billion is being spent on upgrading and extending the network.

It will involve tackling 100 of the nation’s worst traffic blackspots and adding more than 1,300 miles of new lanes to our roads and highways. For the road maintenance industry, it’s the start of an exciting new era.

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Fatal accident highlights dangers posed to road workers

Fatal accident highlights dangers posed to road workers

The recent death of a British road worker has provided a stark reminder of the very real dangers posed by the teams working on UK highways.

The Highways Agency has launched an investigation following the accident which took place on the south bound carriage of the A21 near Sevenoaks, Kent.

It’s the first fatality of the year for an industry in which there have been mounting concerns about a recent rise in road worker injuries and fatalities.

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Brian Wise: Time to improve safety compliance for road workers

Brian Wise: Time to improve safety compliance for road workers

Expert consultant Brian Wise has identified 2015 as being a pivotal year for the road maintenance industry.

Companies face the welcome challenge proved by a major raft of new road building projects - the biggest investment in the UK road network since the 1970s.

But they also face the more troublesome task of trying to reverse a worrying trend for increased accidents involving mobile workers.

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Top five tips for moving to digital management

Top five tips for moving to digital management

Whether you’re a company organising deliveries, coordinating highway maintenance or controlling inspection teams - the challenge is exactly the same. How do you effectively manage and monitor a team of employees who are miles away?

Most of us think of management as something done in an office. Employees can be called into meetings; supervised and communicated with. But when you’re managing field workers, all of this goes out of the window.

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Why Santa needs software on his Christmas list

Why Santa needs software on his Christmas list

Let’s be fair here and recognise that Santa does a cracking job. When it comes to delivering 156 million packages around the world within a 24 hour period - he certainly delivers.

He may only work once a year, but as the world’s most famous mobile worker, this fella really does put in a shift. Because it’s not just him; he’s also having to manage a large team of elf helpers and reindeers.

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Ask the Ant: What’s the deal with customer portals?

Ask the Ant: What’s the deal with customer portals?

Most ants are happy to spend their time carrying around massive leaves and twigs on their heads. But that was never for me – I wanted a bigger challenge.

That’s why I get my kicks from answering the toughest questions you can throw at me about MyMobileWorkers (MMW). And this week I’ve got a worthy opponent.

I’m squaring up against questions about one of the neatest features of our MMW software – customer portals. So let’s do this. Here we go!

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Turn your company into a mean green efficiency machine

Turn your company into a mean green efficiency machine

Here’s the thing; nobody likes describing themselves as being mean – even if we do reuse the occasional teabag. But we’ll happily shout about how green we are. And that’s weird because the two things are so similar – especially when you’re talking about managing a business. Because a thrifty company, one which keeps wastage down to a minimum, is also a green company.

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How to make sure your company doesn't go the wrong kind of ‘viral’

How to make sure your company doesn't go the wrong kind of ‘viral’

Companies pay good money these days to ‘go viral’.

Teams of creatives will lounge around on beanbags and think up daft/crazy/odd marketing ideas to publicise a product or service. And then they’ll send their creations out into social media land and hope we like them enough to share.

The reason we’re bombarded with so many of these things is because… well, they work. If something manages to hook us in, it will be seen by thousands/millions of people during its brief splurge of Internet fame.

But there’s also a ‘bad’ kind of viral.

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