Efficiency, productivity, and speed are likely to be at the height of thinking for any smart business owner. Running a successful empire involves everyone pulling in the same direction. Not only that, though, but they all need to be given the opportunity to succeed. As quickly as possible. Like it or not, some offices just aren’t well-equipped to making the lives of its employees easier. Rather, the focus is on cutting corners and saving money.
Now, financial concerns are to be expected. You would have to be rather naive to think that you don’t have to take budgetary constraints into account. However, you could be costing yourself more in the long run by trying to skimp on the things that matter. The most important thing for your business is that your place of work runs in an efficient manner. You should be doing everything within your power to make that happen. Yep, even it if involves forking out a few dollars more on a couple of upgrades around the office.
But really, it’s the best investment you can make. You’re not throwing money away frivolously on impulse purchases. No, you’re making your work premises a place that is much more conducive to getting the job done quickly and effectively. Can you afford to put a price on that? I’d hazard to guess not. Of course, this means keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest technological developments.
In the middle of the digital age, as we now are, it seems like technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Swifter, you might think, than we’re able to keep up with. It’s your job, though, to keep a keen eye on these developments, so that your business is in a position to succeed. The landscape of technology might well change at a rapid pace, but nowhere near as quickly as the face of business does. If you want to be successful, you’re going to need to keep up.
Here are a couple of upgrades that should make you sit up and take notice. Utilizing them will only help your team perform better as a unit, and as such, improve your output tenfold.
Upgrade Your WiFi Connection
Not all internet connections are created equal, as I’m sure you know. And yet, so many business owners just don’t make the necessary allowances in their IT budget for this. Far too many executives are happy to get by with just a substandard service. But is there anything more detrimental to productivity than an internet connection that struggles to keep the pace? It’s high time that you paid some attention to your running speed, if only to give it a boost.
Office internet connections are notoriously slow. It’s an unfortunate consequence of so many different networks leeching off the system. Especially if you’ve expanded in recent times, your internet connection needs to grow just as quickly as your business does. Otherwise, you may find that you just can’t keep up with the pace.
If you’re not yet in touch with the wireless revolution, try not to worry. There are ways you, too, can give your internet speed an overdue push in the right direction. Any commercial electrical wiring company will be able to install cables that improve your experience. Fibre-optic cables are, of course, preferable if you’re on a wired system. They are pretty much the quickest form of wired internet connection that is available to you.
Change Your Storage Habits
The nature of business automation is changing the way companies think about almost every aspect of their process. Indeed, you should be aiming to get on board with all of the latest trends. They’ve been designed for the very same reason you’re reading this article – to make your employees lives easier. Cloud storage (which you may know as The Cloud) is one such invention.
The concept of a remote network is nothing new. As a matter of fact, the idea was first muted as far back as the 1960s. Think about how far we’ve come in that time, and you’ll understand the magnitude of its capability. At least in terms of technological advances, the boom has never been as fruitful as it has been for the last few years.
The days of storing all of your files and documents on your hard drive are – thankfully – long gone. As a matter of fact, that method only proved to slow down your entire network. All of those sources trying to leech off the same location were bringing entire companies grinding to a screeching halt. Not anymore, though. Now, remote storage solutions are available online. You’ll have no trouble finding a remote network service for your company.
Establish A New Monitor Setup
If you were to take a look around some of the most successful offices in the world, scarcely would you see a single monitor at any given desk. In case you were wondering why; studies have shown that two (or more) monitors can boost employee productivity by as much as 50%. And it makes sense if you think about it. Your staff are likely to be working out of different spreadsheets and documents at any given moment. All of that time spent minimizing, maximizing, and moving windows around may seem trivial, but every second adds up.
On top of that, think about the frustration that your employees must feel as they try to amble around their workbooks. It’s only logical to suggest that this process leaves your staff flustered, and takes their eye off the prize. To put it bluntly, deploying just a single monitor is slowing you down, and it isn’t your employee’s fault. Every single workstation in your office should have two monitors as a matter of principle.
Update Your Memory
Okay, nobody is expecting you to be a computer whizz. After all, you’ve already got enough on your plate trying to figure out how to expand your business empire. Especially if the early days of your business saw you making all of the executive decisions, you’ve likely made a mistake or two. At least, when it comes to choosing the hardware that your company deploys.
Now that you have some to call on; make use of their knowledge and expertise. Consult your IT technician about ways you can improve your current set-up. That may include upgrading your Random Access Memory (RAM). Having more RAM at your disposal is never a bad idea. Sure, it may be affordable, but it’s also key to making sure that your work computers run at an optimal level. The more RAM you have, the quicker your machines can work.
You might also choose to upgrade your processor. Or, better yet, why not invest in a Solid State Drive (SSD)? This allows your users to enjoy a much more fluid experience, including applications loading quicker. Not only will it improve the satisfaction of your employees with the tools at their disposal, but it could save you money in the long-term, too. Indeed, upgrading to an SSD can add years of life to an old machine that may be on its last legs. It’s cheaper than having to buy a new computer, at the very least.
Don’t Delay System Updates
The likelihood is that you’ve got automatic software updates switched off so that it doesn’t interfere with your working day. That is no bad idea in of itself, but you should by no means forget about them altogether. Indeed, the temptation to just put the update to the back of your mind is common. However, those updates are designed to iron out any intricacies that may be causing the system to run at a less than optimal level.
Speak to your IT technician about arranging a time, preferably out of hours, for these updates to be executed. The best time to perform them is either before the start of your working day, or after everyone else has left the building for the evening. That way, nobody is stuck waiting around for the update to complete, and they can keep up with their work without falling behind.
Uninstall Neglected Programs
Now and then, you’ve likely discovered a new program that you decided your office just can’t live without. It is the answer to all of your productivity prayers, or so you think. In reality, though, it maybe gets used for a few weeks before fading into obscurity. Nobody is using it and it’s just sitting there gathering dust. It is, however, draining the memory from your network.
Get into the habit of having a spring clean when it comes to your programs. The only applications that survive the purge should be the ones that you can find a use for on the regular. Some of them even leech your memory in the background, despite nobody using them. Do yourself a favor and get rid of them as a matter of urgency. Otherwise, they’re just a waste of everybody’s time.
These are just a few examples of ways you can give your office network a massive speed boost. Give them a try and see if they make any discernible difference. You’ll be rewarded with a much higher level of performance.