In The News

Wed 31 May 2017

Introducing Technology in the Workplace


Health & Wellbeing
colleagues at laptops working together

In this day and age, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, from the way we communicate, to the way we entertain ourselves. We are all very reliant on technology so it comes as no surprise that it has seeped its way into our workplace as well.

Technology plays an important role in business operations, whether it’s a small or a large enterprise. But is investing on workplace technology worth your money?

Here are some of the benefits:

Improved communication lines

Not only does technology allow improved communications within your team, it allows you to reach your customers more easily as well. With different channels available to communicate through, it is now possible to work together from different locations, bringing in culture and diversity to the team.

Technology also promotes teamwork among employees. With comprehensive collaboration tools currently available in the market, it has become easier than ever to integrate ideas and work on a project as a team.  

Technology also allows you to reach and interact with your audience seamlessly with the help of different platforms like social media and web pages. In today’s busy environment, it is necessary for businesses to interact with their customers quickly and clearly.

Efficiency of operations

In a fast-paced environment, a company cannot afford to waste time and precious resources. Technology aids in the efficiency of operations, saving the company both time and money.

Not only does technology allow certain functions, like mathematical computations, to be automated, it also makes it easier to collaborate across teams since everything can be uploaded and edited online.

Additionally, accountants no longer need to rely on the manual crunching of numbers when they can utilise formulas in spreadsheets and finance executives no longer need to waste time waiting in line to process payments at the bank, thanks to online payment methods.

Mobility

Based on research conducted by Jodi Williams, senior workplace strategist, working remotely has become one of the key workplace trends in 2016. More and more tools are being introduced to give the employees options to work from anywhere, increasing the ‘always on’ culture across the world.

The use of internet and computers have eliminated space and time boundaries, especially with the emerging cloud-based sharing apps available in the market. This gives employees the freedom to access important files wherever they are.

The availability of chat and task organisation software solutions also allows people to be easily reached, meaning business transactions can be done on the go, allowing the freedom to do more things at once.

Monitor business productivity and employee progress

With all the online business productivity software solutions available in the market, managers can easily track progress during every phase of goal completion and offer immediate coaching or feedback. This keeps performance and deadlines on track, which leads to a greater business productivity.

Promotes employees’ overall wellbeing

The innovations in office tools and furniture brought about by technology not only increases productivity but also promote employees’ physical and mental wellbeing. More suppliers now adopt the concept of ergonomics when creating smart furniture, which can prevent common, work-related injuries like Musculoskeletal Disorder (or MSD).

Enlisting the help of experienced workplace professionals, like OfficeMax, ensures that you can reap the benefits that technology has to offer. OfficeMax offers different workplace technology solutions that cater to different business scales, from Small and Medium Enterprises to large scale companies. They also provide advice on best practices so you can get your money’s worth.

Technology has its place in your business, given the significant improvements it brings to the efficiency of the work flow. But setting up these upgrades often comes with a big price tag so it pays to plan and do your research.

As the world advances, more and more offices are adapting to the changing times in search of a more efficient way to function. When it comes to investing on workplace upgrades, it is essential to first analyse your needs and the areas you want to improve on. This will save you both time and money in the long run.


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