Making the shift to working from home has been a difficult adjustment for many people. One of the major problems has been tracking fixed assets as they go places they’ve never been.
Whether you have dozens of assets at warehouses or simply rely on IT assets, you still need a way to monitor those assets from home.
Setting Up Home Based Fixed Asset Monitoring
Before you can start monitoring your assets, you need a system in place that works from multiple locations. You need to be able to log in from anywhere and still access the same information.
Depending on how much of a system you already have in place, you may still need to have several workers stay on-site to help you monitor fixed assets and update records. It’s worth spending the time to set up a system so you and your managers can keep an eye on the situation off-site. If you have a larger site, expand the number of people you have, just make sure it’s safe. That means providing safety equipment and setting up a workflow so they can stay at least 6 feet away at any given time.
Do you have a system, like Asset Panda, where someone can update something, and then someone else can see those changes? If not, you’ll want to think about finding something with cloud technology to store your data in an easily accessible database.
If they aren’t already, you’ll need to train your workers in best practices for updating and changing asset records depending on changes. Then, once those changes are fully visible, your managers are ready to start monitoring things from home.
Monitoring Fixed Asset Usage
Look at new entries from home and highlight things you need to change, monitor, or update. Touch base with your on-site staff to determine how accurate those listings are, and if anything needs to change.
Monitoring your assets from home is a great way to keep operating costs down while providing a way to make sure facilities and assets continue functioning during partial or complete shutdowns.
Cloud and other smart technologies make it possible for you to monitor assets from anywhere, as long as you have the system set up for it. Depending on what types of assets you have, you can connect them with IoT technology so you can monitor your assets from home. Doing so means you won’t have to lose any time creating reports, or knowing what’s happening at the office.
Depending on how you monitor your assets, you can also set up notifications to check on certain assets on a regular basis. If there are tools or equipment your in house workers are using, you can still monitor them from anywhere you want.
Once you’re able to monitor fixed asset listings from home, now’s the time to take advantage of the data you have on hand. Use this time to run reports, perform in-house audits, and check on all your records to start analyzing your company’s usage data. Once you know what assets are used during the pandemic, you’ll have a better idea of which things are necessary, and which are specialized for specific purposes. The items you use when business is slow will tell you what assets are essential, and which ones are less important to your bottom line.
Asset Panda is a great tool to help you monitor assets from any location. You can set up notifications to keep track of when asset information changes. Plus, your database is encrypted so you don’t have to worry about any information getting into the wrong hands or being compromised.