Whether you’re a small team working with just a handful of employees, or a large incumbent firm with hundreds of workers, you’ll know that one of the key ways to differentiate is to engage in better technology. This is the case for traditional, paper-based firms as well as high-tech startups. But choosing which tech to engage with and which to let pass you by is a constant struggle. How can you know which software is going to boost productivity and which is simply going to exhaust your workers? This guide sets out to help.
Wherever possible, you should be engaging with automation software. The upshot of this kind of computer program is that it’s there to liberate your workers from all of the most boring jobs – those unrewarding, repetitive roles such as data input. You know your team’s worth more than that, so by upgrading your tech stack to encourage automation, you’ll be able to get them working on the more important and engaging jobs, leaving computers to fiddle around with the least interesting tasks.
Another common feature of firms that are a little larger is the anonymity of staff members. That can’t be helped: it’s difficult to know everyone personally in a workforce of several hundred. But still, there are ways that technology can help. Your current HR team will be doing a brilliant job of helping your personal capital grow and develop – but those practices can be greatly enhanced by HR software, designed to help HR professionals get the most out of their workers. By taking care of everything in the value chain of your human resources, this software will help you centralize HR tasks and track employee productivity, leaving you able to intervene in the development of workers more productively.
Speaking of the benefits of centralized HR – the very same can be said of any system that works to centralize how things are done in the workplace. The benefits of centralization are derived from efficiency: instead of zipping between non-interoperable programs, you’ll instead have your workers toiling all on one interface, sharing documents, communications, and tasks without having to laboriously copy work from one platform to another. Whether you choose tech titans like Microsoft and Google or look for a smaller, more niche provider is entirely up to you.
A quick note on the hardware that all businesses need to invest in. Modern software is based on the cloud – so instead of plugging into the physical systems of your business computers, you simply download the files you need from the internet. This is a huge help for firms without servers and storage space, but you still need speedy computers to adequately work cloud-based software. And that could mean a system overhaul for your firm, updating your computers and laptops so that they work faster and load programs more rapidly. Every second saved counts towards your productivity goals, saving you thousands of dollars each year.
There you have it: some key technologies to bring into your business as we head towards 2022.