Boise cleaning company finds time-sheet software service close to home
Apr 06, 2012 (The Idaho Statesman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Boise cleaning company has found a technological solution to its work crews' time management and related tasks from an Eagle business.
Searching for a way to automate Pro Power Clean's time sheets and crew tracking, Andrew Allsbury, director of internal operations, called companies in Los Angeles and New York, but didn't find software with the flexibility and features he wanted.
Then TSheets, a web-based time-tracking company in Eagle with more than 30,000 clients , created an application for industries like agriculture, construction and commercial cleaning, which use work crews. TSheets Crew was introduced in January.
"We checked all over the place," Allsbury said. "TSheets really had the most advanced features right here."
Pro Power Clean began using the software service in January on tablets that go out with the crews. Employees are checked in and out by the crew supervisor, and the hours are uploaded at the office at the end of each shift, cutting down on data entry. Information employees need about the cleaning routes and inspection results also are loaded into the tablets, saving on printing and copying, Allsbury says.
"You're talking a huge dollar amount of savings just in the data entry," he said. "It's just a very easy software to use. It was easy to train people on and does what it's supposed to do."
TSheets CEO Matt Rissell said companies can use the service in various ways and on Android or iPhone devices as well. "We have a cleaning company with 500 employees using it," he said. "They use a cross between the applications on the phones and phone calls" for employees who don't have smartphones.
TSheets Crew allows GPS tracking. Video and photos taken by employees of cleaning jobs or secured doors can be uploaded through the tablets as well.
"We're just kind of scratching the surface of what we can do," Allsbury said. "This has endless possibilities."
Pro Power Clean pays $310 a month to TSheets for 55 employees. It purchased 15 tablets for about $300 apiece, including insurance for breakage or replacement, but Allsbury said newer tablets are even cheaper now. Using the tablets to upload at the end of the day also saves the company from having to pay for smartphone data plans for each employee at about $30 each per month.
Allsbury said the cost is small compared with other systems. He said he's looking at putting training videos and other resources like contact numbers on the tablets as well.
"It's definitely good for us in terms of giving our employees the tools to be more efficient," Allsbury said. "We just keep finding ways to use this new technology."
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