Harleyford Golf Membership in Buckinghamshire’s course supervisor, Craig Earnshaw, has been utilizing fashionable know-how to assist the workforce – and it has proved to be significantly useful in the course of the pandemic.
Craig Earnshaw, course supervisor at Harleyford GC in Buckinghamshire, is a person on a mission and has been quick to embrace the fashionable strategy to managing, speaking and coaching that right now’s advancing know-how can supply.
Speaking every day duties to the workforce was at all times a elementary exercise practised by Craig however he felt that this might not solely be improved, however made extra related within the digital age the place everybody has a cell phone and lots of have tablets. Craig’s purpose was by no means to interchange the every day verbal temporary, nevertheless, when taking a look at digital software program programs and what they will supply, the digital whiteboard facet and the ability of reporting and speaking remotely was an space of serious curiosity. Having checked out numerous choices, Craig determined TurfKeeper supplied precisely what he was on the lookout for and noticed that the system supplied a serious leap ahead in complementing what he was doing on a verbal, nose to nose or messaging on a whiteboard foundation and harnessing this superior know-how to the advantage of him as a supervisor, his workforce and due to this fact in the end the membership.
To begin with, a big display TV was put in within the membership’s new upkeep facility and with the usage of the digital whiteboard function, the day’s pre-plan exercise will be completed on-line and displayed. That is then keyed into the system and displayed on the TV so the entire workforce can see what has been assigned; any key notes, equipment and inventory for use can also be displayed in addition to the climate forecast and such essential route of minimize particulars for any space are to be mowed.
“A key to success of this method,” states Craig, “has been the workers ‘purchase in’ and them seeing the advantages past the normal whiteboard and pen. It additionally presents the flexibility to view the duties out on the course through the telephone and this has not simply elevated effectivity and productiveness, however has been an actual sport changer in the course of the constraints imposed by Covid-19.”
Craig continues, “Utilizing the TurfKeeper system, we’ve got been in a position to plan and talk from a far. The workforce can log onto the system and know what activity or exercise is required even earlier than they arrive at work, in some instances even earlier than they depart residence! Avoiding shut contact throughout this pandemic is a should and by utilising fashionable know-how similar to this, we’ve got been in a position to work round it.
“If I’m out on the course and overlook so as to add something or perhaps a brand new activity has cropped up, the online based mostly TurfKeeper know-how permits the inputting of a activity through the telephone and have it seem on everybody else’s, together with additionally the roles board.”
The TurfKeeper ethos is directed in direction of the fashionable, digital, web-based manner of planning, recording and speaking. There’s nothing mistaken with a paper diary and handwriting, however while you want fast hearth data to fan out the flames, the digital strategy delivers with velocity and ease.
Craig continues, “Take for instance the pre-Covid-19 state of affairs. Seven workers members working 40 hours per week at a complete of 280 hours. In a normal yr, bunkers want every day raking, greens rolled two or 3 times per week, emptying bins and ball washers, and shifting tee blocks previous to reducing and all that jazz. And oh sure – after all – working across the golf! When all of the aforementioned is factored in, this takes an enormous period of time, and therefore the great cause why we want all of the workers.
“Now cue furlough – no want to chop every day, actually minimal to zero rolling or bunker raking. No course furnishings to maneuver or service in the best way of bins and ball washers, and oh sure – no golfers. By no means have programs been simpler to keep up when it comes to naked minimal and reducing. No golf to work round, so much less ready time and the consequence – reducing the time in half it often takes to mow many of the areas. Cue now to the inquisitions – do we want that many workers members? Course appears good to me and there are solely three of you, what did you do with all these labour hours earlier than?
“These should not unreasonable inquiries to be honest,” feedback Craig. “We’re fortunate in the truth that workers numbers haven’t been introduced into query, however I do get requested how come we will get all the things minimize with solely three workers? The remark was made in a light- hearted method however nonetheless, that’s the place the appearance of recent know-how performs it half. In contrast to a conventional paper diary, I can simply enter a date vary, click on a button after which retrieve the info immediately; all of the labour hours, prices, effort, inventory used and so forth.
“Wanting by the experiences, I can steadiness off final yr versus this yr and talk to the board precisely the place all the hours go, because the experiences element each final activity. It’s very clear to see how lengthy bunkers took this yr versus final yr and even determine work that hasn’t wanted to be completed. It actually helps to hammer residence the info.
“So to sum all of it up, it’s fairly easy for me,” states Craig. “I rely closely on an irrigation software program system, digital moisture meters and numerous different technological instruments to watch floor efficiency, so why not additionally different features of the job? TurfKeeper permits me to increase the technological facet of administration and communication however as well as, the planning, budgeting, inventory management, equipment upkeep and reporting. Such a system is a helpful asset and dealing instance of the know-how we must always all be embracing within the fashionable age by which we now function.”