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The Biofeedback Solution for Tool Management

Bio-what? Biofeedback. The process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions of one’s own body. Biofeedback often uses electronic instruments with a goal of being able to manipulate the body’s systems at will. In fact, Humans conduct biofeedback naturally all the time, at varied levels of consciousness and intentionality. Think of Biofeedback and the biofeedback loop as self-regulation.

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According to Wikipedia, some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception. Improving health and performance are ways that biofeedback can be used. Additionally, biofeedback monitors the physiological changes that often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Recently, technologies have provided assistance with intentional biofeedback. Eventually, these changes may be maintained without the use of extra equipment, for no equipment is necessarily required to practice biofeedback.

What does this all have to do with tools? Well, hang with us. But first, let’s look at another quick example of biofeedback. The Freestyle Libre blood glucose monitoring system. A small device is attached to your arm with adhesive and paired with your mobile device.  It continuously monitors your glucose level giving feedback on what activities or foods are having an impact. Obviously, this can have a dramatic effect on patient health with far less reliance on medications.

ShareMyToolbox: Biofeedback for Tools

Similarly, ShareMyToolbox provides biofeedback for tools. While tool management systems can be used in the warehouse, the real issues with tool management arise once they leave the warehouse. Tools can stay in the field for a long time, grow legs, be left in multiple locations by job foremen, be hoarded by employees, or may not be available when needed, among other things. And how about the purchase or rental of duplicate tools while so many tools are lying around unused in the field? Yeah, that really sucks.

Physical trackers can solve some of these problems, but they are often expensive, require a data plan for GPS, have limited battery life and range, and can be removed by a thief. ShareMyToolbox offers a solution that organizes tool inventory and gives field employees visibility into tool assets while making them accountable. Let’s take a look.

Visibility and Accountability with ShareMyToolbox

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Besides organizing your tool inventory, ShareMyToolbox Gives field employees VISIBILITY into your assets and makes them ACCOUNTABLE. Job foremen connect to the company’s tool catalog with access to a dashboard. They will see everything they need to know, including tools available, what they borrowed and are responsible for. And it’s very easy to search for items that many be on other jobsites. Just by knowing what they have borrowed goes a long way in proving feedback!

When a tool is loaned to a foreman they are prompted to “accept” the transaction—like an electronic sign-out sheet. This simple step gives them responsibility for the tool. Terminology like “Loan” and “Borrow” become important subliminal messaging on who really owns the tool. Build accountability and trust with the ShareMyToolbox unique, powerful, and simple workflow.

Tool Audit Process for Accountability

Finally, ShareMyToolbox has a tool audit process for items that stay in the field for a long time. The warehouse manager can create an audit for one or more tools at a location, and the field employee must confirm the possession and condition of the item by scanning its barcode. This process ensures accountability and prevents surprises at the end of a job.

ShareMyToolbox provides biofeedback for tools, making field employees accountable and giving them visibility into tool assets. This system helps solve many of the issues related to tool management after tools leave the warehouse. ShareMyToolbox offers a simple solution that improves tool management, prevents duplicate tool purchases, and provides accountability for tools in the field. Learn more or start your free 14-day trial now.