Since March 2020, the working world has been forced to move away from its traditional 9-5 routine. Whilst pre-COVID wasn’t necessarily a non-digital era, it certainly has introduced an urgent need for UK businesses to adopt digital transformation on a mass scale. A thought which may have seemed daunting at first, but has one that has actually resulted in more flexibility for employees to do their day-to-day jobs better, and more efficiently.
When it comes to running flexible working schemes, it’s important for business owners to know that a lack of in-office presence does not have to lead to diminished visibility into your workforce and operations. The working world is moving into an era of digital transformation, and as a result, sustaining day-to-day operations has been made even more possible, albeit without a full workforce on-site.
In other words, physical locations simply aren’t as restricting anymore.
Research from The Workforce Institute at UKG claims that as a result of COVID-19, 87% of UK workers have been propelled into the future of work by accelerating their existing digital transformation projects. What’s more, 86% are enjoying the benefits of these new technologies, and remain optimistic about potential business benefits, including 51% hoping that their company’s digital transformation efforts will continue to create a better employee experience.
This data mainly stems from one of the biggest drains on workplace productivity – one that’s particularly prominent in the estimatics industry – which is the ever present need to have always-on, up-to-date systems.
Not only does this ensure that everyone throughout the entire supply chain is always working with the most current information, but it also means there are fewer physical restrictions to being office based, as all the data is stored safely and securely in the cloud. In other words, it’s always accessible.
According to research from Vimcar, an overwhelming 94% of UK fleet operators said that not only has the implementation of technology on their business been positive since the pandemic, but also that investment in new technologies is going to be an increasingly important initiative for them moving forward.
But it’s not operators and management who feel the ease and support of digital transformation – it’s those on the work floor too.
Digital tools have been used for a while now, reducing the level of manual, human intervention needed for many jobs throughout the supply chain. For example, where technicians were once required to physically download data onto a drive, walk over to the next piece of hardware, re-install the data, make amends, complete job sheets and then head over to the next piece of bodyshop kit to do it all over again, that data can now be sent automatically to those terminals instead. The time spent just installing and updating data alone would have been a huge strain on body shop staff, so to now be able to allocate all that information in just a few clicks, from any bodyshop in the UK to any other bodyshop in the UK, has improved productivity tremendously.
Alongside this, the pandemic sparked a real boom for collaboration platforms within many UK businesses, making staying connected with your team now easier than ever.
There are many options out there which all cater to different needs, from basic chat functionality to comprehensive video conferencing. For example, Google Hangouts is popular for one-on-one text chat, whereas Microsoft Teams (which, according to The Verge, recorded having up to 145 million people using it daily since the pandemic) offers users the ability to store files in organised digital folders.
Whichever a business determines as being the right tool, it’s important that it works for everyone. Whilst yes, it should serve as the ‘hub’ to share documents, assets or general updates, online apps should also allow your teams to liaise with each other whenever they need to.
Having a collaboration platform should allow every member of your organisation to connect instantly, even if they’re 50+ miles away from each other.
Where Here to Help.
At GT Motive, our cloud-based estimating solution allows our customers to instantly access the exact right data they need, from any location that has web access. Whether that be insurers demanding accuracy, or repairers seeking comprehensive information.
To ensure complete accuracy, we constantly update our data points to ensure our entire supply chain, from bodyshops to engineers have the most precise data, always. This includes new vehicle models being added bi-weekly to our OEM prices, which helps us offer a 96-98% car parc coverage, making our system a highly reliable tool for a claims department.
That’s because we understand that automotive and insurance players don’t just need this data, they need to be able to access it from anywhere at any time.
As a result, insurers, accident management companies and bodyshops alike, all rely on our estimating solution to support them in their digital transformation journey, allowing for better flexible working opportunities throughout their organisation.
There’s no better estimating solution to offer flexibility to your employees and supply chain than GT Global, but don’t just take our word for it; try it for yourself.