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4 Benefits of Mobile Apps for Property Management Teams

Of the 2.7 billion smartphone users and additional 1.35 billion tablet users worldwide, people are spending 90% of their time on apps rather than web-browsers. By offering employees access to their property management software from a mobile app creates, companies are providing a platform that is more adaptable to both their job and lifestyle. Apps available on smart devices provide additional efficiencies to users and can also facilitate a new and improved standard of productivity. Portability Mobile apps extend property management software beyond the office so staff can access the same functionality easily on the road and on site from an optimized interface and platform. Mobile apps can be accessed on both smartphones and tablets which allows users to choose the device they prefer for the task they are completing or even switch between multiple devices seamlessly throughout the day. Responsiveness If property managers are outside the office and unexpectedly find themselves needing access to their property management system, whether it’s to look up information like a contact phone number, workorder status, or even document an incident, they can do so quickly using their mobile device without the delay of travelling back to head office or interrupting other team members with phone calls. Mobile access allows property managers to easily react to situations they don’t expect without lugging around a laptop or being confined to a desktop. Instead of making manual notes or recording information on a separate app, property managers can promptly complete a full task from any device they have on hand. Additional Features Mobile app......
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Finding Our Way Out of the Murk

Finding Our Way Out of the Murk
Jumping into the middle of a project and then figuring out how to get through it seems to be a symptom of human nature. For some reason we don't want to stop to read the instructions before starting a project. We ignore notifications and emails and manuals in favor of wading into the murk and hoping for the best. This is true of residents who neglect to read the email informing them that garbage day has been changed one week because of a holiday. It's also true of any of us who have tried to put together a piece of furniture without reading the instructions, or any of us who've had problems with our computer software and the last place we look for answers is the accompanying manuals or training guides. There are good reasons for this behavior. For one thing, we are busy people. It usually seems so much easier and faster to simply send the email to junk mail, put the shelf together ourselves (because really how complicated could it be), or try to figure out the software as we go. It takes extra time to read through all of the notices and instructions, and it's hard to feel motivated to do so when you are worrying about the day to day tasks that pile up. Processing leases, showing units, answering phones, and so many other things have a greater sense of urgency than wading through instructional materials. The problem that we don't always foresee with this approach is that sometimes......
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So, They Made You Project Manager? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Your Initiative.

So, They Made You Project Manager? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Your Initiative.
  The pitfalls of project management are rarely foreseeable to the novice. Most project managers gain their knowledge through experience and have the battle scars to prove it. Nothing knocks you down faster than putting your blood, sweat, and tears into a seemingly awesome initiative, only to discover upon rolling it out that it wasn't as well received as you assumed it would be. The completion of a successful initiative takes considerable amounts of preparation. Follow these 5 tips for successful project management pre-planning to start your initiative off the right way! 1. Establish a Project Code Providing your project with a “code name” will help to remove ambiguous language and establishes a baseline for effective communication. Often times, project nicknames will naturally evolve among project members, which may cause confusion and uncertainty regarding the project being referenced. Project codes ensure everyone is discussing the same project. Things to consider: Do not spend more than 3 minutes deciding on a name for your project. Pick a name out of a hat or use the name of your favorite tv show. The name itself doesn't matter, having one to reference is what's important. 2. Establish Purpose What is the purpose of this project? What are we trying to achieve? Never assume understanding. Different perceptions, experiences, and organizational roles will lead project members to their own unique understanding of purpose. Discuss project goals and objectives with the group until each member is comfortable articulating the project's purpose. Consistency in message conveys strong leadership and ......
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