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Bang for Your Buck – How Technology Can Supercharge Your Business

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Bang for Your Buck – How Technology Can Supercharge Your Business

If you want extra productivity, its time to learn how technology can supercharge your business. 

Productivity, business owners and leaders are obsessed with it. They all want their team to deliver the best value for money possible.

Henry Ford certainly was. In 1914, The Ford Motor Company doubled the pay of his production workers and cut shift lengths from 9 hours to 8, dramatically increasing productivity and significantly improving profits. In fact, we can thank Henry Ford for the modern 40 hour working week and our beloved weekends.

INCREMENTAL CHANGE.

He also invented the modern production line, breaking down the assembly of the Model T into 84 steps. Fast forward to today, and Toyota has almost turned it into an art form with its Kaizen approach where tiny changes are made to their processes to make them fractionally better.

I’ve written about this before, suggesting that you should adopt a similar policy when it comes to your IT. Rather than spending big on new technology, lots of small changes to UI, data, processes and more have a compounding effect, greatly increasing productivity.

This is a good start, but what else can you do to squeeze more productivity out of your IT investment?

EDUCATION.

If you don’t teach your people how to use the tools you give them, how are they supposed to learn to use them efficiently?

I see this time and again. Businesses simply assume knowledge of popular products such as Microsoft Office, but few people have had any formal training.

The result is that many hours are wasted every week as your team fumbles around, doing things that they don’t properly understand.

KEYBOARD SKILLS.

I’ve been in the IT industry for 30 years. Over 50,000 hours in a job where using a keyboard is mandatory.

I wonder how much better I’d have been if my word per minute rate and accuracy had been more than their current, rather mediocre, 35 and 83%.

How much better would your team be if they were trained to use their equipment properly?

MODERN TECHNOLOGY.

I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will.

Give them up to date PCs and laptops, and don’t be a cheapskate.

The few dollars you save on the purchase price are quickly lost to inefficiency, and even more, is lost to low morale. Your team will be a far happier unit if they have good technology to use rather than an old clunker that’s slower than the one they have at home. 

Happy workers have been shown time, and again that modern technology helps them to be far more efficient and productive. And this is why technology can supercharge your business.

SCREEN REAL ESTATE.

For just a few dollars, you can now make sure every member of your team has at least one big monitor to use. The bigger you buy, the more information they can get on the screen, something that can be enormously valuable when looking at big spreadsheets, for example.

And for those who need to switch between applications a lot, it may well be worth investing in a second one.

MOBILITY.

It’s 2019 and the days of the rigid office environment are rapidly coming to a close in many places.

Technology today means that at least some of your team can work remotely, and while it may not be appropriate for all of them, it can certainly work very well for some. I led the four year development of a commercial software product with a team of 3 of us rarely being in the same place.

Remote workers are typically less likely to be off work sick and can easily fit their job around the school run, trips to the dentist and more.

AND THERE’S MORE.

Technology can supercharge your business. In fact, there are countless ways in which your IT can improve your productivity.

You need only look at your procedures, processes and practices for places where you use a piece of paper rather than technology, or the junction where one part ends, and another starts to find inefficiencies that technology can address.

AND THE WINNER IS.

But whenever I’m asked what for one change someone can make to improve their productivity, I ALWAYS give the same answer, “Your mindset”.

Why?

Because only those who embrace innovation and the value of modern technology will pay any heed to what I’ve written above.

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