Tony Checks Out...Workplace Compliance

Tony Checks Out...Workplace Compliance

If you ever want to clear the room at a party, or to make sure you get a table to yourself on the train - simply utter these words: "We need to talk about compliance."

And as if by magic, the temperature will drop, people will flee for exits and the only sound heard will be the distant clanging of a church bell. This is the power of 'compliance' - one of the coldest words in the English language.

So okay - it might not top the list of fun aspects of business life but compliance is something that all organisations who manage mobile workers need to embrace.

Here's what you need to know...

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Whistle while you mobile work?

Whistle while you mobile work?

We're never afraid to cover the big issues here and that means we need to talk about...whistling.

This is because the good name of our nation’s mobile workers has come under attack recently. It has been claimed that rising numbers of employees using smartphones poses is one of the reasons for a decline in the tradition of British workers whistling.

According to cultural historian Chris Cook of Syracuse University, London, the distinctive chirpy whistle of delivery and service workers has been in decline over the past decade.

It’s our ability to access music wherever we are and a reduction in traditional delivery jobs that has caused the continued drop off, according to the boffins.

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Why UK businesses should prepare for mob rule

Why UK businesses should prepare for mob rule

It’s estimated that 92 percent of adults in the UK now owns at least one handheld device.

We use them for everything: socialising, gaming, exercising, driving...even to record the volume of our snores!

We use them because they make our lives easier; they’re simple and fun to use.

But the one area of our lives where we’re currently least able to experience those benefits - is in work.

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Tony Checks Out… Android for Work

Tony Checks Out… Android for Work

The weird thing about Google is that they’re so good at creating innovative new stuff and so rubbish at explaining what it does. So if you take a look at the Google blurb about Android for Work, you’ll find lots of slightly annoying talk about unified interaction models, device policy clients and enterprise mobility...ach.

So well done Google - this all sounds very impressive but…what the hell does it do? It’s not an unreasonable question - so here’s what you need to know about Android for Work.

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How tech is helping better protect Britain’s solo workers

How tech is helping better protect Britain’s solo workers

How do you ensure the safety of employees when you don’t know where they are or what they’re doing?

This is the fundamental challenge faced by any company which relies on employees who work alone - whether it be delivery staff or site inspectors.

With no co-workers for support, the risks posed from accident, injury or assault are significantly higher when working without supervision.

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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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