At a recent industry trade show, the Vatix team spoke to many people who said their organisations still conduct inspections with pen and paper.
Even more interesting is that everyone complained about how unmanageable it was to conduct paper inspections.
It’s not surprising that people are frustrated. After all, there are many disadvantages to using pen-and-paper inspections, from collaboration to storage issues.
In this article, we’ll walk you through how to switch to a digital inspection system in five simple steps to boost your team’s productivity, efficiency, and happiness.
The preliminary step is choosing a digital inspection software. When considering which software to choose to meet your specific needs, we recommend prioritising the following features:
Once you’ve chosen software with these time-saving features, you’re ready to start rolling out the new system within your organisation.
Here are the five steps to seamlessly make the switch.
The first step is to digitise all your current inspection forms. This step should be easy if the software you choose has a drag-and-drop builder that allows you to create unlimited templates.
Here’s how the digitising process would look like for our inspections and task management software, Workflows.
The next step is ensuring all employees involved with inspections can access the software.
With Workflows, this step is a breeze because it comes with an app compatible with iOS and Android.
First, a manager will add employees to the system and send out email invitations for them to activate the account. Employees must download the app, accept the invitation, activate their account, and set up their login credentials.
Some software may not have an app but will be web-based. In this scenario, employees can still access the software with a smartphone via a compatible browser.
However, take note that the browser experience may not always be well optimised for mobile, which could hamper productivity if certain sections are broken or difficult to navigate on mobile.
Next, relevant employees need training to learn how to use the new system. We recommend the training includes:
Finally, we advise that you document the process in an accessible place so that employees can refer to it at any time.
We also encourage you to update your new employee onboarding training program to include digital inspection software training.
Set a date within your organisation where everyone needs to start using the digital inspection software.
After this date, remove all physical inspection forms from the workplace and remind employees will need to start completing all inspections on the digital platform.
If you’re using Workflows, employees can efficiently complete inspections by tapping to answer questions on their mobile devices.
Updating a submitted inspection form is much easier as they can change their answer with a tap—no messy handwriting or crossing out.
One of mobile inspection software's best advantages is that everything is synchronised in real-time. Once an inspection form is submitted, managers and supervisors will receive a notification. They can then check for any issues that need attention and assign a corrective task.
If you’re using Workflows, managers and supervisors can use the filter function to see which corrective tasks assigned need to be done, are in progress, or have been completed.
Being able to manage corrective tasks on a digital platform is significantly faster than the manual way of searching, filing, and organising physical inspection forms.
Essentially, a digital inspection software like Workflows will replace your current filing cabinet system for inspection reports.
Your entire team will no longer have to deal with a mountain of paperwork.
Furthermore, streamlining the inspection process can improve the quality of inspections, maximise productivity, resolve corrective actions easier and faster, and reduce missed inspections.
All of this contributes to improving productivity across all inspection processes, from product quality and asset management to workplace safety and more.
If you’re ready to replace your filing cabinets with digital inspection software, talk to us and get a free trial of Workflows.