Effective Business And Employee Management Through The Use of A Staff Rostering Software

Any large and organized company knows the importance of having an effective staff management strategy that should be consistently carried out and followed by all. This is more needed and significant for businesses that operate in fields or industries in hospitality, production, manufacturing, call centers and security, where many employees are present to carry out their specific duties on different or rotating shifts.

The process of manual creation of schedules and shifts for employees using spread sheets or even a record book has proven to be time-consuming, costly and very prone to human errors and miscalculations. There is also the great risk of the person/ in charge being unable to relay the arranged working shifts or schedules to all employees due to some failure with communication or in relaying such vital information.

The sad fact is that even a single occurrence of scheduling errors or committing mistakes in putting together employee records can mean substantial financial losses. An improperly filed vacation leave, a mix-up in the shifting schedule, or an unconfirmed shift change can result in unexpected staff shortages and miscalculation on wages- and these always have negative effects on company performance and productivity.

With the introduction of the staff rostering software, all such problems can be avoided. This online roster system is the ideal solution that will help business-owners or managers with efficiently planning schedules and communicating this properly will all the employees and thereby enabling them to build an entire week’s roster on a single screen; a much faster alternative to spending hours building schedules on traditional spreadsheets.

With this roster that will be customized for the company, detailed employee information records and communication history can be accessed anytime by the owner or manager or any concerned party anytime. All information about a staff, which includes his or her contact details, salary rate and banking details are just in one place or file. In addition, the software also provides correct and reliable roster costs computation, helping the company to stay on budget. It can also show the owners projected and actual turnover as well as financial data grouped per business unit.

The most helpful and important feature though of this software is allowing the business-owners, managers or supervisors communicate with the staff through SMS and e-mails. Rosters, instructions and general messages can be sent easily to one employee, a group or the entire work force by text messages or e-mails. As such, there can be no more reason for misunderstandings and excuses by the employees.

Wireless Headphones: Things to Be Aware of Before Investing in a Pair

Wireless Headphones are increasingly becoming popular, since they are much more hassle free to use, with no wires that constantly get tangled up and damaged over time. With advances in technology such as Kleer and Bluetooth, the audibility of most Wireless Headphones is increasing, and there is no reason to buy one for your use. Some things you should be aware to help you choose Wireless Headphones are as follows:

Choose the best Wireless Headphones for purpose you want for them

Wireless Headphones are generally divided into two types; the ones designed for the music listener who prefers to use them while on the move which generally use Bluetooth technology and the infrared based headphones that are designed for watching television or playing games while relaxing at home. The Bluetooth types are the best if you are a commuter or a sports enthusiast who wishes to use headphones that do not have annoying cords, but the audio quality is lower than the infrared types which are bulkier as well as having a transmitter that gets its power from an outlet on the wall.

The best choice will also depend on the type of music you want to listen to

Wireless Headphones also come in three designs; the small ear buds, ear pad headphones and the full size headphones. If it is important to listen to the best quality of music or sound on your wireless headphones, and convenience is not a problem, then the full size headphones are the best choice for you. However, if comfort while moving is the reason you want wireless headphones, then the ear buds are great. The ear pad headphones are somewhere in the middle in size between the first two, and they are the most comfortable of all. However, the sound quality is some way of when compared to the full size headphones. Learn more visit: Wireless Headphones Review

The cost varies with different sizes of headphones

The Bluetooth powered headphones are relatively affordable, when compared with the infra-red powered headphones. In terms of design, the full size headphones are the most expensive, while the small ear buds are the cheapest. Choose a type that fits well with the budget you have set. If you have some cash to spend, then the wireless headphones powered by Kleer technology is a great choice. This is powered by Wi-Fi which has the ability to move through walls! This can be used even as you move across rooms at home, and even outdoors without any drop in sound levels and quality. The Kleer powered headphones are available online and at many electrical shops, but since they haven’t become too common yet, the price is very prohibitive. In addition, the wireless types of headphones can consume more money if you get a battery charged pair, while sometimes they can also interfere with the network of cordless and mobile phones.

Surveillance Equipment Is Not Always What’s Seen In Movies

This will be a brief article, but the main point of it is to get across the fact that the surveillance equipment and spy gadgets you see in the movies are not necessarily realistic examples of what’s available in the marketplace. In fact to be blunt, NO we do not have a camera the size of a pin that can see two miles away with perfect clarity while being powered by a battery and using wireless transmission for a month on end, all at a price of under $100. Now to be fair I am exaggerating the example here a bit, but most surveillance dealers will recognize the type of questions we get in this example. So to help set the record straight we will go over one main example of the difference between real life as compared to the movies and why they’re not yet a possibility.

Image Enhancement (The Movies)

A lot of times in the movies you’ll see some computer analyst take an old surveillance video and enhance it to perfect clarity and resolution. For example they will take an old analog video with a 640 x 480 standard resolution and the subject of the video will be 300 yards away. They will then take that video and “enhance” it so that the subjects front and center on the screen and the resolution is now a crystal clear HD image. This is probably the biggest misrepresentation of what can be done with your surveillance video of them all.

In reality when a video is recorded, it is set to a certain number of pixels (small dots) that comprise the image. To zoom in on the subject you would have to start stretching and blowing the pixels up to make the subject appear closer to the screen and more prominent. Now while this is possible, as you start to stretch the pixels you begin to lose the clarity and resolution of the image. It’s like trying to take a newspaper picture (that’s somehow elastic for the purpose of this example) and trying to stretch it out to cover a billboard. You may get it to work, but it’s going to look like crap in the end.

Image Enhancement (Real Life)

To play devil’s advocate for myself I will state that with advanced video editing programs there is a minimal amount of enhancement that can be done with pixel filling programs and the like, but it’s still nowhere near the examples they like to show in movies and TV shows.

Now in real life if you want to have a good quality video that captures your subject clearly and features them prominently in the foreground, then there’s some planning that’s required because you can’t rely on trying to enhance the image later on.

First and foremost the best quality video available (currently) for surveillance is either IP or HD-SDI camera systems with HD resolutions. These systems aren’t cheap by any means, so you should expect to pay a premium for movie like HD resolution; however in comparison to a few years ago they have become surprisingly affordable.

One other important thing to note is that movies have great lighting and image composition, so even with a great HD resolution from an HD-SDI or IP camera, it most likely will still not be as good looking as what you see in the movies.

Next you will need to plan out the areas you want your cameras to view and then get cameras that have appropriate lenses and viewing angles to cover them; sometimes this may require cross coverage from multiple cameras to get exactly what you need. In fact it’s a good idea to have a professional surveillance installer help you through this if you’re unsure of what to do.

Finally the last step will be to acquire a DVR or NVR with enough storage to record the number of days, weeks, or months you want to be covered and stored before being overwritten. This may require a bit of testing depending on the number of cameras you have and the type of recording you’re doing (motion or constant).

Ultimately there is a lot more involvement and innovation that will be required before the movies (as they stand now) are accurate representations of what the surveillance industry has to offer, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact James Bond style spy gadgets such as wristwatch cameras, pen cameras, and others are now actual products that can be bought and used by the general public. Heck even satellites now have the capability to zoom in on someone’s house and look in their windows if they wanted to (although this is not a general consumer product by any means).