By REBECCA GALLEY MD, Hydroscand UK
PEN and paper job notes may soon be a thing of the past after a successful trial period of a full digital system. With trials of multiple software providers being conducted in 2021, Hydroscand UK has now rolled out a fully digital solution for the HoseExpress Mobile Hose Technicians across the UK.
Until recently, HoseExpress technicians would complete site risk assessments and job sheets on paper. That system has worked well for our customers for many years. However, digitalisation is a key part of both Hydroscand Group and Hydroscand UK’s business strategy. This is because we are always customer driven and aim to provide innovative services and solutions.
Digitalisation will facilitate process improvements, increase speed and accuracy of transactions, and reduce admin time, so, based on feedback from customers and team members, and with more solutions now readily available in the market, we decided to move to a digital solution for our mobile hose repair service.
Towards the end of 2021, we started working to find a suitable application to manage our HoseExpress job sheets. Joblogic® was one of three systems we reviewed in detail. Jason Bray, HoseExpress Development Manager and Josh Legg, Mobile Hose Technician in Southampton tested the system and we decided to go ahead. Joblogic® is well established in the UK and has over 4,000 current users.
This is a very exciting step for us and the investment demonstrates our commitment to finding customer-focused digital solutions. We decided to provide new mobile phones for our technicians to support the use of the software. As well as that, we have invested in the software itself and are training to support the teams in getting going with the new way of working. Despite the initial outlay and ongoing fees, we believe the system to be cost effective very quickly because of the time saved handling paperwork and the increased accuracy and traceability offered by having a digital system. We will also be able to gather real time data, which we will use over time to refine our service and improve our customer experience. Our main aim is to improve our customers’ experience.
The new solution will provide customers with a system that enables them to request jobs directly, track the technician’s progress and review the history of jobs we have completed. Should customers require, an automatic message can be sent by SMS or email letting them know when our technicians are travelling, on site and leaving the site. A risk assessment for every job we attend and ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the work carried out will also be available to download directly.
Alongside the benefits for our customers and for Hydroscand, we believe the system will provide a better experience for our team members. Several of our technicians were used to working in this way from previous employment and expect to have a digital application. As the workforce changes and more millennials and so-called ‘digital natives’ join our teams, this expectation will only increase. Professional, safety focussed and paperless solutions will be one of many aspects to consider in attracting and retaining team members. So far, adoption has been good amongst the team, with feedback positive and constructive.
We are very pleased with the system so far and are looking forward to inviting customers to log in directly in the coming weeks. If you would like any further information about our HoseExpress hose replacement service or would like to request a login, please contact your local Hydroscand branch team, who will be happy to help.
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