3 Ways RTLS Can Enhance Employee Monitoring
Employee monitoring isn’t always affordable. BLE Real time location systems are offering businesses new opportunities at a more reasonable cost than ever before.
Industry leaders agree that BLE will play an increasingly important role in asset tracking, but their capabilities don’t end there. They extend into the workplace and into ordinary offices where managers need better methods for space optimization and employee monitoring.
There are several reasons employers are turning to more powerful and accurate employee monitoring solutions. Poor tracking can lead to:
- Tax problems
- 401k difficulties
- Incorrect wage distribution
Optimized employee monitoring and smart solutions can also offer far more capabilities that benefit both managers and employees. Whether it’s booking meeting rooms or powering keyless entry to offices, BLE can save offices and managers a lot of headache.
Besides having an unbeatable cost-to-performance ratio, the perhaps strongest argument for BLE-based RTLS is the ability to use everyday devices like smartphones to determine location. Here’s 3 ways beacons can make employee monitoring easier (and better).
1. Real-time data
Keeping track of staff in real time has several possible applications. Ensuring that employees are at their intended station can be vital to keeping operations safe and avoiding dangerous situations. In hospitality and other industries where clients and visitors are regularly greeted by personnel, knowing where the nearest employee is at the time of need is the difference between an “okay” and a great customer experience.
Similarly, in a time of rapid urbanization, the competition for appropriate work space has increased, and there is a great pressure to more efficiently utilize existing space. Technologies that can improve the use of space without impeding workers have a large potential to save companies real money.
- Activity-based workspaces
- Easy scheduling processes
- Automatic configuration
Founder of beacon solutions provider Space Connect, Matt Pope, notes that companies have already experienced a 30-40% higher usage of meeting rooms, decreasing their overall office costs and making utilities readily accessible for workers.
2. Historical movement
In many industries, companies are required to keep data on services they have provided for the several preceding years. Even when not required, records can prove useful in case of problems or misunderstandings. Now, Bluetooth beacons are being used to automatically and accurately record movements of personnel, cleaners, security, and all other visitors on the premises. By recording the historical movement of employees, employers can record, with complete accuracy, the details of how various tasks have been performed.
Historic data can also be analyzed to help managers understand where:
- Workers are spending time
- Bottlenecks occur
3. Proactive alerts
RTLS might be most commonly used to monitor the movement of assets, but it can also monitor a lack thereof. Proactive notifications can alert managers before a situation gets out of hand.
For example, employee movements can be monitored to find unusual behavior. A person staying at a certain location longer than anticipated or diverging from the normal route can be a sign that something is wrong. In both scenarios, operators can be immediately alerted to contact the employee or send support.
Finding the right solution
There are several reasons to use employee monitoring solutions. Some businesses will find value in a comprehensive RTLS system that generate ample data and provide real time overviews. Others may choose to use simple employee monitoring for attendance tracking and similar highly specific goals. More importantly, alerts, real-time and historical data can all be used for multiple purposes. They can optimize office assets, keep spaces secure, or verify working hours. It all depends on how innovative businesses and solution providers put them to use.
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