6 Methods for Touch-Free and Remote Payments

My Post (4).pngAs customers look to avoid touching surfaces, in some parts of the country businesses are also limiting in-person contact. Touch-free transactions — allowing you to take a payment without making contact with a shared device — and remote payment options might be top of mind for your business.

Here’s how you can implement a variety of methods for safer payments.

Take contactless payments

Contactless payments came from a need for more security than magnetic-stripe cards, which carry the information associated with your bank account right in the stripe. The benefit today is that they don’t require any physical contact between a customer’s smartphone or credit card and your POS, allowing you to avoid passing payment cards back and forth.

A contactless payment reader allows you to accept mobile payments, like Apple Pay and Google Pay, in addition to other NFC payments or contactless payment cards.

Disable the signature screen

Thanks to improved security and authorization made possible by chip-enabled cards and EMV card readers, card providers don’t require signatures for tap, dip, or swipe payments in the U.S. and Canada. If you stop collecting signatures for payments, it will not affect your processing rate.

You can easily disable customer signatures for all card payments in the signature settings within the Square app.

Skip the receipt screen

Another point of interaction during checkout is dealing with receipts. As with disabling the signature screen, you can skip the receipt screen. This allows you to complete a sale without prompting a customer to enter their email address or phone number for a digital receipt, or printing a paper receipt.

Turn the skip receipt feature on in the signature settings within the Square app. – Read more

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Coronavirus: Manage deploying working from home

My Post (1).pngWith no end in sight to COVID-19, for many people, a period of remote work is looking more and more inevitable. What we thought was the norm yesterday has changed and moved to a new norm today and so forth.

Many businesses are now implementing Working-from-Home (WFH) policies to ensure business continuity and to comply with the latest Government restrictions and advice.

Here are some tools companies can use to manage this new way of working using the latest technology with employee management systems;

  • Mobile App Sign in – allow your employees to sign on from home using their mobile phone and pinpoint their geo-location. You can ask them to select a pre-determined zone or add in a free text field ie. home address
              
  • Sign in Notifications – receive an email or SMS notification when your employees sign on and off for the day or you may choose just to view this data on a live dashboard.
  • Dashboards – have a clear view at any given time wherever you are of who is currently signed on or off in real-time data. View from your home PC or any smart device.
  • Online Working From Home Agreements – send out electronic WFH Safety Policies and Agreements that employees need to acknowledge. Send employees automated prompts if they haven’t completed the agreement before they commence WFH (this is an automated check upon sign in using the mobile app).
  • Questionnaires upon sign-on – build a questionnaire to be completed daily when employees sign-on. You can easily change the questions instantly for another day. All the data is collated into a spreadsheet and you can trigger actions automatically based on answers to any of these questions.

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Remote Work 101: Essential Tips for Working From Home

My Post.pngConsidering all the benefits of working from home, it’s no surprise many believe telecommuting is the future of employment. And we don’t need to look into our crystal ball to see that prediction becoming a reality 🔮

survey by Owl Labs and Global Workplace Analytics found that 51% of on-site U.S. workers would like to work remotely in the future. Another 30% would consider it as an option (2019).

Not bad, huh?

The same report shows that employees turn to telecommuting for a number of good reasons. Increased job satisfaction, reduced stress and fewer workplace conflicts seem like a good start. When we add perks like no daily commute, flexible work schedule and— wait for it— reduced carbon emissions, working from home becomes pretty compelling.

But while the benefits of telecommuting are easy to understand, managing a remote work lifestyle…not so much. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Working from home requires careful planning and the kind discipline that rarely comes naturally.

Luckily, we have a handful of tips that’ll help you find and cultivate a healthy work-life balance. – Read more

 

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