Workforce management software company Deputy has announced the launch of its new Workforce Management Toolkit (WMT), comprising four products including a Touchless Clock-In system as well as other tools aimed at improving health and safety in the workplace in light of the outbreak of COVID-19.
“We are facing unprecedented times as a human race,” said Ashik Ahmed, Co-founder and CEO of Deputy. “In the face of such difficult circumstances, we at Deputy recognize now more than ever the need for smart and agile products to help the global business community, industry-wide, navigate the crisis effectively, communicate with their teams and emerge from this plight stronger than ever.”
COVID-19 has rapidly spread across the globe in recent weeks, leading to the cancellation or postponement of events, conferences, sports leagues, and celebrations in an effort to limit gatherings of people and slow its spread. People all over the world have been practicing ‘social distancing’ and working from home for weeks now, as the virus has infected nearly 1.3 million people, with over 70 thousand deaths.
To help limit the amount of physical contact employees have with communal surfaces like touch pads or punch clocks, Touchless Clock-In — which is enabled through the Deputy Kiosk iOS app — allows employees to use biometric facial recognition and voice commands to clock in and out of work, as well as schedule breaks, without ever having to touch any surfaces.
The system streamlines the clock in/out process and allows for better verification of employee attendance while minimizing contact between employees during their work shifts.
“Deputy’s Touchless Clock In is really convenient; the crew and manager save an average of 2-3 seconds each, searching for their name, and now they don’t need to remember their pin,” said Jarred Lokietz, Goodman McDonalds Group, operators of 15 key McDonald’s locations in Manhattan. “The whole process is now more hygienic, which is a huge benefit to our staff, as part of the strict precautions they are implementing, such as frequent hand washing, ” he added.
Another tool that is part of the WMT and that aims to help workforces in these times of physical and social distancing is the Video in News Feed, a video communication solution for staff. Video in News Feed allows managers and employees to view, post and record short videos on their mobile or desktop devices and post them to a shared News Feed where they can be viewed by their coworkers.
Video in News Feed makes it possible for employers to provide helpful walk-throughs of various job-specific procedures — like improved hygiene practices — introduce new employees and conduct onboarding processes, and better facilitate working remotely to maintain physical distancing practices.
The other products that make up the Workforce Management Toolkit are Labour Optimization, a real-time wage cost tracking solution, and a tool that tracks pay rates based on skills, capabilities and roles called Pay by Area.
April 6, 2020 – by Tony Bitzionis