*Updated February 2019*
Smartphones and tablets are a great way to boost the productivity of your gas engineers. Buying a tablet for yourself is much easier than buying devices for a whole team, which is a lot more expensive. You need to be sure that you're buying the best tablet for your gas engineers while still keeping the overall cost down.
The major hesitations when deciding whether your business should invest in tablets tends to be:
- Engineers with 'fat thumb syndrome'
- Engineers will break them or lose them
- Older engineers may not know how to use them
These are pretty natural concerns. While these concerns may be accurate, our tips below should help you pick the the best tablet for your gas engineers.
Bigger is better when buying for 'fat thumbs'
If your engineers have fat thumbs, don't buy smartphones or small tablets. Buy larger tablets. It'll make it easier for them to use and reduce their frustrations when they can't tap on that tiny button. While I love tablets like the iPad mini, I'd much rather use a tablet like the full size iPad for work - and your engineers will too.
Don't cheap out
Is the best tablet a rugged one engineers wont break?
With so many great tablets available on the market it can be difficult to know what the is best tablet for gas engineers.
For detailed spec comparisons check out our 2019 tablets guide.
Here are our best tablet choices for gas engineers:
1. iPad (2018)
2. iPad Mini 4
Don't have the budget for a tablet?
The bring your device to work (BYOD) trend has taken the business world by storm and gives your workforce the ability to access mobile devices for little upfront cost. It also allows you to remove the risk associated with a mobile strategy, as you don't have any costs - so you can afford to experiment with the idea before committing to buying devices.
If you do want to roll out devices, but don't have the budget, try offering incentives for engineers to use their own phones and tablets, like money towards their mobile contracts - it's a win win - engineers get subsidised phone contracts and you get a mobile, digital workforce.
To get the best value from your tablet you need powerful software designed for your plumbing, heating and gas business.
At Commusoft we enable you to manage your business from an Android tablet. Your gas engineers can access the app anywhere, anytime with or without signal.
The app will sync in real-time, you can send quotations, and track jobs and monitor progress. Engineers can create gas certificates, take pictures or videos, and create invoices.