Boost productivity by choosing the right tech tools
The key to workplace productivity is equipping your people with the best tools for the job, which includes putting the right tech at their fingertips.
Technology is a ‘force multiplier’ that gives your business a competitive edge, so it's important to spend your tech budget wisely. Whether you're equipping your frontline staff with more powerful PCs or rolling out software updates for your back-office team, it's vital that you empower your people to work more efficiently and effectively.
There’s no doubt that businesses nowadays need a technology ‘backbone’ to work properly – we all need email, websites, access to files and other information. And if you don’t look after it, it just might start causing you pain.
Forbes tells us that Outdated Tech Is Costing You More Than You Think and there are significant security risks alongside reduced productivity.
Ageing tech can hurt your business every day, but upgrading isn't just about getting things done more quickly. It's about embracing new ways of working, building an integrated technology ecosystem and becoming nimbler to gain a competitive edge and seize new opportunities.
Assess your needs
There's no one-size-fits-all solution, so it's important to assess the needs of employees working in different roles – both in the office and on the road. Some tasks demand plenty of grunts, such as multimedia editing or high-end design work, but not every staff member needs a powerhouse PC.
You might need to make compromises to stay within budget, especially when catering to employees who are always on the move. Sales and support staff might place more importance on a lightweight design and long battery life rather than grunt under the bonnet, while those who spend their days typing will be more productive with a decent keyboard.
Update your roadmap
Whatever hardware and software you favour, be sure that it will meet your future needs and won't become outdated too soon. This is a function of your technology roadmap, your plan for upgrades and expansion. Roadmaps aren’t that hard to create but it’s worth spending some time on them, as they’re crucial strategic documents.
Not only will they help you make buying decisions, they also lay out the strategic rationale behind them – which can be very helpful if you’re trying to justify a budget. It also makes it easier to balance present needs and upgrades against the support and maintenance costs of fragmenting your business technology ecosystem.
Make your move
Making the most of your people means giving them the best tools for the job. If technology is hindering them rather than helping them, it's time to start planning your next upgrade.