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How technology can increase productivity

Productivity is the bread and butter of every business. It enables you to get more done, not just quickly but efficiently too. This brings many benefits as the more you get done, the closer you get to achieving your business’s goals in the long-term.

One of the ways that your organization can boost productivity is through technology. With it evolving at an alarming rate, there are now so many ways you can utilise it to help you and your staff get things done, from faster internet speeds to various programs and applications.

So, join the increasing amount of businesses that are improving their productivity through technology by taking advantages of the below innovations…

Fast and reliable internet

Slow internet is one of the biggest things holding businesses back by halting efficiency and productivity levels. In fact, as just one example shows, it’s estimated that the average office worker in the UK loses 40 minutes a day at work due to slow internet speeds. As Real Business points out, this equates to 21 days per year being wasted – a total of 3 weeks.

If you internet could be faster, don’t dawdle when it comes to getting an upgrade. High speed internet is now better than ever, with more and more options available to suit your business’s needs, including standard broadband, fiber internet, ethernet, T1, MPLS, and SD-WAN. However, before you make the switch, make sure that you compare each internet type to ensure it also fits your budget, location and required capacity.

Useful applications

In many cases, organization can be the key to increased productivity. Fortunately, there are a plethora of programs and apps now available to help you and your employees achieve this in various ways. One great example is Slack, a messaging app that can aid collaboration by making it quicker and easier for your teams to communicate on projects. As Kelly Martin from The Eisen Agency explains: “It’s not like other instant messaging services as it allows you to organize conversations by channels. Think of them as labels, identifying the topic of conversation in that channel. You can also set reminders in Slack – a newer feature – that makes sure you stay on task.”

Other examples of software that can boost productivity include Hootsuite (which enables you to track keywords being used on social media channels and schedule posts), Teamwork (which enables you to set tasks and track their progress) and Doodle (to help organise meetings).

Gary Gorland, a retired director of a college student support programme and teacher for The Polytech adds, "technology can help students break down concepts and assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces, and as a teacher, it helps me support their studies outside of the classroom. Quizlet is a tool that I use to help students learn and retain vocabulary term definitions. Students can create their own flash cards and the app is available for both Mac and Android platforms."

Cloud technology

The Cloud is a big buzzword for businesses in all industries, and it has revolutionized the way we work. According to a survey from 2017, 79% of people who have implemented cloud computing within their organization have saved money, boosted productivity levels and improved security. For those who are yet to adopt Cloud computing, it is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, such as data storage and software.

In terms of businesses, this means that all employees can access vital resources even if they’re not in the office. For this reason, Cloud technology allows people to work on the go, no matter where they’re located. Unable to make it into the office because you have an important delivery to wait for at home? Don’t worry – with Cloud systems, no disruption is caused to your working day.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (commonly abbreviated to IoT) refers to technological devices and objects that are connected to the internet, enabling them to interact and communicate with each other. This might sound confusing, but it’s something we now encounter many times in our everyday lives; think of the smart watch you’re most likely wearing on your wrist, or the Amazon Dot or Echo you have sitting on the nightstand in your bedroom.

With more and more devices being connected to each other, you can get things done more efficiently.

In terms of the opportunities IoT can offer your business, one such example is in warehouses. You can use this technology to increase productivity when shipping products, having sensors to detect changes in temperature, light and movement and tracking their journeys. Thanks to this data, you will be better able you to reduce theft and delays to deliveries.

To find out more about how technology can help your business achieve its goals, read more articles on our blog or compare the bests deals on high speed internet, contact center services, business cell phone plans, VOIP and more.

July 23, 2019