In every business worldwide, one of the most important KPIs in the workforce is their level of productivity. Are the team completing all of its tasks and goals? And, if not, what can you do to increase that productivity while, in turn, levelling up your employees’ morale and your profitability?
Technology can play a big part in your company’s levels of productivity. How many times have you heard a colleague tell you that ‘the network is down’ or ‘the internet is so slow today.’ Often, people don’t want their productivity hampered, they want to do as much work as they can, in the shortest amount of time.
Did you know IT downtime costs UK businesses £3.6 million a year, on average? That’s around 545 hours and, when you break it down, around £7,235 a year; per employee! On top of that, it’s thought that the average worker takes up to 23 minutes to reengage with their work after a distraction.
So, what can you do to increase people’s productivity and save precious pounds? Here are five ways that having the right technological processes in place can make a huge difference.
Be prepared for growth and team expansion
Looking to increase the size of your team in 2023? Remember, more employees means more users on your network. Look at simultaneously improving your connectivity as well as improving your workforce so that new starters can hit the ground running with everything they need.
Are you making the most of Microsoft?
Having the right software services in place can help streamline your team’s day-to-day activities. Autopilot lets you send a device directly to a user with all of the appropriate applications and settings ready to go out of the box. Defender allows an integrated anti-virus solution with no extra cost and limited disruption, whereas Teams Telephony can make use of your existing licensing and reduce the risk of hardware-related incidents. Last, but not least, making the most of Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile App Management (MAM) will take care of applications and the management of data on work mobiles.
Is your business resilient?
And this doesn’t mean mentally resilient, as we’re sure you are, but more the ability to bounce back to BAU quickly after the impact of a cyber attack or network failure. Think about whether or not you have a tested Business Continuity Plan for your IT infrastructure. Have you made a note of where the single points of failure are and ranked their risk? Have you thought about running a backup restoration procedure? These things need to be practised as diligently as you would a fire drill. You need to know quickly how to manage the problems that arise so the downtime, and cost, is kept to a minimum.
Can you run your on-prem applications through a Cloud service?
Have you ever thought of running versions of your on-prem applications through a SaaS/Cloud? If not, it should be considered seriously, as Cloud-based apps are often speedier AND can be backed up. So, if the unthinkable happens, you can restore your systems quickly, without skipping a beat.
Finalised your budget for IT for 2023?
As the year comes to a close, you may have already thought about your budgets, or you may be finalising them ahead of the end of the tax year in March. Now is the time to review and streamline your apps and processes so that productivity is at the forefront of your business.
If any of the above rings true with you then a call to Managed might be on your Christmas Wish List. For these, and many more IT service solutions, get in touch – it may be the most productive thing you’ve done today.