Unlocking Productivity With Technology: 5 Areas to Focus OnCain Chen
If time is money, then productivity is profit. Businesses looking to make gains after a pandemic-induced slowdown are increasingly leaning into and investing in a more technology-enhanced workforce. By leveraging innovations in cloud tech, automation, and robust communication tools, strategic organizations are able to scale in ways that were previously unimaginable.
But given that 85% of workers say they don’t have the right resources to take care of their tasks efficiently, business owners and operations teams need to step up.
Want to get more done with less? Focus on technologies that target these productivity powerhouses.
1. Automated Workflows
Repetitive tasks don’t just dull the minds of you and your employees. They also prevent everyone from engaging in more meaningful, revenue-producing work. Be it payroll tasks or customer relationship management, entrusting some of your recurring tasks to AI software or otherwise automating key processes can free up your workforce to do more fulfilling, important work.
2. Seamless Communication
Poor communication is costly. Take it from the Society for Human Resource Management: “small companies with 100 employees lose about $420,000 per year due to inefficient communication among employees.” But what if you could spend a fraction of that on a group messaging application that doubles as a content sharing and management repository? You’d cut back on email, keep your remote workforce connected, and safely collaborate with anyone in or outside your organization.
3. Strategic Progress
Accurately planning your day, week, or month can be difficult to do without some level of data. Where are you spending your time? How are meetings getting scheduled? What progress reports are you expected to provide? The right tech tools can help break things down while giving you back more time in your day. For instance, automatic scheduling apps make it easy for teams to book meetings with one another without emailing back and forth. Browser based time tracking tools can help you to see where a client may be using up more than their fair share of resources. It can even illustrate which tasks are good candidates for automation (see above).
4. Achieving Goals
Advancing on your goals starts by getting them in writing. But who wants to sort through a bunch of disorganized Post -it notes everytime they need to check their progress? Digital sticky notes on the other hand could be immensely helpful. Same goes for goal tracking apps and even calendar reminders pulled from your electronic to-do list. The key is to diligently follow whatever (tech) method helps you prioritize what you want to achieve and figure out how to get there.
5. Continued Education
Improving your skills can have a considerable impact on your productivity. After all, what good is it adding new technologies if no one understands how to fully utilize them? Regular professional development, focused training sessions, as well as lunch and learns are great ways to maximize the usefulness of a particular solution or tool. You may also choose to give employees access to an internally curated learning management system that houses documentation on different processes and technologies your organization relies on. If you do, consider one that uses badges and certifications to further motivate employees on their learning journeys.
No matter how hard – or smart – you work, doing everything in a single day is next to impossible. Implementing even a few of these productivity-boosting technologies can help shrink your to-do list and free you up for more impactful work tasks.
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