by Bruce Walker
Office managers have attempted numerous methods to eradicate time-wasters. Whether it’s imposing a do not disturb sign on doors and cubicles, establishing to-do lists and limiting coffee breaks to just a few moments to avoid water cooler conversations, time management is an important issue at the workplace.
Remember the old adage of “Time is money”? Well, no matter what position you may hold at the office – senior adviser, assistant manager, accounting officer or an administrative clerk – everyone could do with improving their time management skills to improve the company’s revenues, efficiency and workload.
Studies have shown that a substantial number of senior executives in the United States business world say they are displeased with their time allotment at the office. Not only are they discontented with their own time management, but their employees’ too.
OfficeTime.net published an infographic that looks at the top 10 time killers for offices everywhere: Internet surfing, watching television, procrastination, meetings, non-business related conversations, travel time, social networking, smartphones and texting, and dealing with red tape.
The marketplace is now looking to make an office near you more efficient through the use of real-time software applications that help managers operate their staff members proficiently, easily and smarter. Who is doing this? One of the companies is iOffice Corp., a Houston, Texas-based firm that offers software to do all of the aforementioned.
There are nine modules included in the integrated workplace management application that are simple and easy to use: space management, track moves, facility maintenance, track assets, monitor supplies, track visitors, manage files, mailroom management and mange copy and print.
Let’s face it. This is now a world where workers can discreetly check up on their Facebook through their smartphones, watch YouTube videos when no one is looking, and take extended breaks to talk about office politics, a television show that aired the night before or a highly anticipated motion picture that is about to be released. Employees even admit to doing their shopping online at work, especially during Cyber Monday, a day that comes a few days after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
An application like iOffice, which was founded in the year 2000, can counteract these types of office behaviors. Even Fortune 1000 companies are getting in on the act with iOffice to submit a request, transfer an employee, or to make growth projections. Indeed, entities do concur that it’s a powerful piece of software that can completely transform offices across the globe.
In the last year alone, iOffice has launched flexible work order software, modified its services to better meet the needs of the Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) industry and partnered with HiTouch Business Services.
The company projects that more private companies and perhaps even public entities are going to install such software. Founders of iOffice say at least one million companies meet the criteria for similar software and only as little as five percent take advantage of comparable applications – at least 70,000 people use iOffice daily, while the rest just use spreadsheets.
iOffice has more than 1,000 clients in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Canada involved with an array of industries, such as energy, manufacturing, healthcare, law, technology and others. By maintaining such a large clientele, it listens to its customers’ needs and recommendations in order to enhance its products and services for its present and future clients.