Calculate Your Lost Productivity for Manual Broken Device Exchanges

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Many organizations now provide one laptop, tablet, Chromebook or phone device for each employee, student, teacher and others.

Due to the sheer volume of devices now in circulation, highly-successful executives and managers who are responsible for managing these tech programs tell us they are frustrated by the following:

  • Specialized IT staff are wasting valuable time on entry-level tasks such as delivering, tracking and managing broken or lost devices.
  • Device users are unable to work/learn while they wait for a replacement device, putting them behind.
  • Organizations are unable to acquire adequate talent to keep up with increased workload.

If any of these pain points sound familiar, the first step toward finding a solution is to quantify the problem at hand.

Calculate Lost Resources and Productivity for Manual Broken Device Exchanges

Productivity Loss
5.8
Hours spent every week
$758
Cost of employee time every week
93
Device downtime hours every week
Recover Lost Productivity
Engage with a LocknCharge expert to uncover how you can maximize efficiency with FUYL Tower Smart Lockers.

Calculate Lost Productivity for Check In/Out Device Programs

Many organizations also experience frustrations with managing devices that are checked out on both a short-term or long-term basis. Click the link below to calculate the productivity loss of your check in/out program.

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Calculate Your Lost Productivity for a Manual Check In/Out Device Workflow

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Many organizations offer short-term or long-term mobile device check outs for employees, shift workers, field workers, students, teachers, substitute teachers, guests or others. 

Highly-successful executives and managers who are responsible for managing these mobile device programs tell us they are frustrated by the following: 

  • Shared devices are not readily accessible nor reliably charged, delaying the day.
  • Managers are forced to prioritize distributing and collecting devices over their primary operational roles.
  • Device breakage and loss is significant for shared devices that are not secured or tracked.
  • Data is exposed when devices are not securely stored, and MDM software is not enough.

If any of these pain points sound familiar, the first step toward finding a solution is to quantify the problem.

Calculate Lost Resources and Productivity for a Manual Check In/Out Device Workflow

Productivity Loss
5.5
Hours spent every week
$357
Cost of employee time every week
Recover Lost Productivity
Engage with a LocknCharge expert to uncover how you can maximize efficiency with FUYL Tower Smart Lockers.

Calculate Lost Productivity for Manual Broken Device Exchanges

Many organizations also experience frustrations with manual broken device exchanges. Click the link below to calculate the productivity loss of your manual break/fix workflow.

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The Best Mobile Device Management and Physical Security Strategy

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Mobile device management (MDM) is more critical to businesses than ever before. Mobile devices are convenient and affordable, making them a must-have for many organizations. But with the rise in mobile devices comes a rise in security risks. Having a strategy for this modern work environment is no longer an option, it’s a necessity.

According to Verizon’s recent Mobile Security Index report, 40% of respondents said that mobile devices are the biggest IT security threat, and over half categorized the consequences they suffered from a mobile-device-related security compromise as “major.” And cyberattacks on businesses have increased by 50% year over year. 

The threat of intellectual property loss and reputational damage is real. But as the use of these devices skyrockets thanks to remote learning and working, the benefits of mobile device management can no longer be ignored. Here’s what organizations need to know.

What Is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile device management is an organization’s strategy to monitor and secure devices in order to reduce theft, loss and device misuse. Common MDM best practices include:

  • Disk encryption
  • Strong passwords and two-factor authentication
  • Limited log-in time and automatic logout
  • Use of anti-virus software
  • Automatically blocking or disabling unapproved apps
  • Keeping all device software up to date and performing regular backups
  • Ability to wipe data remotely for lost or stolen devices

The best MDM strategies also include physical device management, such as keeping track of inventory, implementing secure check-in/check-out with smart lockers and providing training that keeps everyone on the same page. That’s how organizations can realize the biggest benefits of MDM.

Benefits of Mobile Device Management

A well-thought-out MDM strategy has plenty of benefits, including:

  • Better security. Even if your organization doesn’t collect personal data that needs to be protected, mobile device management can also help keep intellectual property and other important information secure. 
  • Accountability. The ability to track who has which device at any given moment improves accountability and helps ensure devices are returned and charged properly.
  • Application control. MDM means you can not only control which apps are on your devices, but also automate updates and sync devices to keep files and programs uniform.
  • Lower costs. Over the long-term, all of these things result in one ultimate benefit for your organization: reduced costs due to fewer lost and stolen devices and improved efficiency.

Physical Device Security as Part of an MDM Strategy

Many businesses are taking steps such as incorporating up-to-date MDM security software. But software alone might no longer be enough. Physical security is also essential, which is why many organizations are turning to mobile device charging stations and smart lockers as a part of their MDM strategy. 

Smart lockers are more than just a place to store a device. They can help protect your devices against security breaches and compromised data and can save time and resources spent tracking down, fixing and replacing devices. Their benefits include: 

  • Theft prevention. Devices can be locked and protected in an ultra-secure, high-quality smart locker to help prevent device theft. That can help mitigate your risk of a data breach and lower your costs for replacing stolen devices.
  • Improved productivity. With power outlets and USB ports that can charge a variety of devices and let you know when they’re available for use, smart lockers help ensure that employees have access to fully charged devices for every shift.
  • Reduced downtime. When devices are properly stored, charged and secured in smart lockers or charging stations, employees and students can self-service a replacement whenever they need one, reducing interruptions and downtime.
  • Increased efficiency. Smart lockers or charging stations can help you automate processes for check in/out, break/fix, and shared or loaner devices, allowing skilled IT teams to focus on more important strategic projects and saving you labor costs.

How the FUYL Tower Helps Support MDM

Solutions like the FUYL Tower can support mobile device management. Your team can allow access to designated bays remotely, reducing the need for time-consuming face-to-face interactions and staying in step with the future of IT and operations. Plus our smart lockers offer benefits not matched by our competitors, like:

Quality materials and lifetime warranties. Our products are made with high-quality steel and most are backed by a lifetime warranty. Your devices will be protected today, tomorrow and well into the future.

  • Feature-rich cloud platform with data protection. With the LocknCharge Cloud, you can store data in the cloud, which can be protected with industry-standard encryption certificates and regulated admin access.
  • Future-proof flexibility. Easily switch modes thanks to Cloud connections that can flex to new workflows as tech advances and device management needs change. 
  • Unmatched customer support. Our local Customer Support Team will help solve any issue you may have with your smart lockers. Plus, a dedicated support website empowers you with valuable resources to troubleshoot commonly asked questions.

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Ready to experience the benefits of LocknCharge smart lockers for yourself? Talk to an expert today to learn how we can help you improve your mobile device management.

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4 Ways to Combat the IT Labor Shortage

While the United States grapples with an overall labor shortage, there’s one industry in which it’s nothing new: information technology. There were more than one million open IT positions in the US alone in late 2019, and articles about the growing need for tech talent have proliferated for at least a decade.

Yet the IT labor shortage has increased over the past year: 64% of IT executives cited talent shortages as the most significant barrier to the adoption of emerging technology in 2021, compared with only 4% in 2020. Executives even ranked it higher than supply chain issues and cybersecurity threats.

At the same time, we need technology more than ever: To communicate with loved ones, to make our lives easier and especially to help schools, businesses and other organizations run efficiently and effectively. So what can a business owner or manager do about the IT worker shortage?

What’s Causing the IT Labor Shortage?

As we mentioned, the IT worker shortage isn’t new. Businesses have known for years that the adoption of new technologies is outpacing the abilities of the human beings who need to deploy them. Some of the shortage can be traced back to organizations’ hesitance to invest in training for inexperienced employees, preferring instead to hire those with experience – a limited pool that is getting smaller.

When the global pandemic hit, shifts in the way we work caused the IT labor shortage to accelerate even more. As businesses scaled up remote work, they suddenly needed to build new digital infrastructures – and they needed more employees with new areas of expertise, like cloud computing, mobile device security and networking. In 2021, 58 percent of IT professionals reported an increase in emerging technology investment in 2021, compared with 29 percent in 2020.

With increased demand for their skills, IT workers found themselves in better negotiating positions. That could be why 72% of tech workers are thinking of quitting or exploring new job opportunities in the next 12 months. Many workers are burned out, and they’re going elsewhere to get the professional development and flexible work schedules they desire.

4 Ways to Combat the IT Labor Shortage

New technologies undoubtedly benefit your business, school or organization. While it may feel like the IT worker shortage is beyond your control, there are solutions you can implement to help mitigate its effects and find new ways of operating. 

Plan Ahead

Many organizations are still operating on the old-school model: When an IT worker quits, they backfill the role. But filling an in-demand tech role takes an average of 61 days, almost 20 days longer than a non-tech role. Plus, with so many leaders focused on implementing emerging technologies, it’s a good bet that you’re going to need to grow your IT team in the future. So why not forward-fill, instead of backfill? 

Get ahead of the IT labor shortage by making a plan detailing which tech you want to roll out and when, then focus on hiring ahead of time. Better yet, upskill your existing workforce with both hard and soft skills: 75% of tech workers agree that their companies focus more on attracting new employees instead of investing in the existing ones – a big mistake.

Modernize Your Tech

Modernizing your tech in other areas of your organization is often a priority, but what about the tech that makes it possible for your IT team to do their jobs? Is there an existing software, API or AI-enabled tool that could help you mitigate the IT labor shortage by eliminating the need to hire a new person?

Also consider how you can more fully modernize your existing tech. If your organization uses mobile devices like tablets or laptops, for example, you don’t just want to ensure those are up-to-date. You’ll also want to make sure you have the best charging stations not only for your current devices but for future technology as well. 

Automate Your Workflow

The costs of device repair, replacement and sharing go beyond the price of the device itself.  When calculating an average labor cost, one hour per exchange and 5 exchanges per location, nearly 250+ hours and $25K+ is spent annually by an IT team manually exchanging devices.

Productivity Loss
5.8
Hours spent every week
$758
Cost of employee time every week
93
Device downtime hours every week
Recover Lost Productivity
Engage with a LocknCharge expert to uncover how you can maximize efficiency with FUYL Tower Smart Lockers.

Automating your break/fix and check in/out workflows can save your team hundreds of hours – time that’s particularly valuable during an IT worker shortage.

With a smart locker like the FUYL Tower, you can allow access to a designated bay via RFID or PIN, eliminating the need for slow, face-to-face drop-off and pick-up processes. When a device user, such as a student or employee, submits a request to your Help Desk, your IT team can respond remotely, allowing the student or employee to quickly trade their broken device from a FUYL Tower and get back to being productive. Arbor Park School District 145 saw these benefits first-hand.

CTO David Termunde says, “The Tower is like having another part-time IT person.”
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Remote Learning Readiness: 5 Takeaways from a Thriving District Tech Department at Arbor Park School District 145

Improve Device Tracking and Security

When it comes to a check in/out workflow, tech teams and department managers are wasting time managing daily device checkouts for people like shift workers, substitute teachers and others.

Productivity Loss
5.5
Hours spent every week
$357
Cost of employee time every week
Recover Lost Productivity
Engage with a LocknCharge expert to uncover how you can maximize efficiency with FUYL Tower Smart Lockers.

Yet 86% of IT professionals report that someone in their organization has had a laptop lost or stolen – and 56% said it resulted in a data breach. Dealing with lost devices is time-consuming, and considering that 63% of IT managers said their non-security workload increased over the course of 2020, there’s simply no time for unnecessary breaches.

The FUYL Tower perfectly complements your device tracking strategy, helping to improve accountability and ensure devices are returned, plugged in and ready for the next user. Lost devices are reported more quickly so that security processes can be implemented. And it’s easy to regulate who can access devices and when, and help track when devices are returned, helping improve overall device security. 

There’s no easy answer to the IT labor shortage. A long-term fix will likely include elements of training, higher pay and benefits and better planning. For now, organizations are smart to look at their device management strategies as one area with a high potential for cost savings and operational efficiencies. Contact the experts at LocknCharge to start improving your strategy today.

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