Increasing productivity with technology

We are always looking at innovative ways to improve staff productivity in the work place, with both quick wins and long-term changes to business processes and tools. Innovation contributes to the success of many businesses across all industries. With the vast number of technology tools and resources available to us today, and with sound direction, a business can greatly improve productivity across their team by starting with some simple changes.

Below are a number of changes that a business can make to work towards a more productive environment in their work place.

1. Make sure you are using the right technology for your needs
Technology can increase productivity, though if the solution is not the right fit it can also decrease productivity! Before making a decision, make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each change and ensure you have a sound test and roll back plan.

Running computers more than 4 years old can cost your business more than 21 hours of lost productivity per year

2. Review desktop age and performance
According to a white paper by Techaisle which involved an international study of 736 small businesses worldwide; running computers more than 4 years old can cost your business more than 21 hours of lost productivity per year when compared to a computer that is less than 3 years old. When taking into account the average repair costs for out of warranty fixes, the total cost to your business can add up to more than $800 – which is more than half the cost of a new computer.

This research shows that you would likely cost your business more than you are saving by delaying the replacement of older computers.

3. Internet access
Fast internet access availability across Australia is increasing. Telecommunication companies are continuously rolling out business grade links to access the internet and link your business sites together if you have multiple locations. Ask our team to provide you with a report on what links are available at your office and we will be happy to provide this complimentary information to you.

4. Business software
Over recent years cloud software has become very popular across many areas such as accounting. For example, Xero, MYOB and Quicken all have cloud based solutions to access your data via your browser. The advantages of reviewing cloud solutions for your business may be around improving data accessibility across multiple locations such as another office site, or from home. You may also be able to improve reliability and data security. Having the application hosted by the vendor may prove more stable than hosting your own local copy within your office.

What is the next step? If you would like to know more about how you can plan any of the changes above, you can click here to access our contact details, or contact your account manager if you are an existing client. Please leave your details here if you would like a person to contact you to discuss over your requirements in more detail and we will contact you promptly.

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