It’s official: we are as productive now as we were in 2007.
A new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirms that UK workers’ productivity fell by 0.5% in the first three months of 2017. The BBC reports that this takes the UK economy’s ability to create wealth back below the level of 2007.
At EMH Technology, we see examples of this when talking to prospective customers. Actually, it’s exciting to see… because there’s almost always a way that technology can improve productivity.
Common Productivity Problems
Some scenarios are incredibly common and so easy to resolve. Do any of these sound familiar?
- Copying data between files as a routine activity
- Emailing timesheets in for manual processing
- Email conversations between people in the same office
- Emailing photos back to the office for resizing and filing
- Downloading an invoice only to take the data and enter it into another system by hand
Similarly, does your business use any of these items?
- One Excel document used to manage the orders or jobs list which only one person can edit at once
- Printed-out documents for signing and then rescanning
- Old PCs taking 10 minutes to fire up
- Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram….
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above examples, your business has the potential to work even smarter.
Eric Hughes, Director of EMH Technology says: “I often ask business owners if they were going to do it all again would they set it up like this – usually the answer is no.”
He explains: “People are so busy that spending time reworking a well-known but inefficient process simply doesn’t happen.”
Smart Solutions – Cloud, Apps and more…
Using technology to streamline and optimise your systems can be liberating for your business.
In today’s fast-moving world, it’s essential that employees have the data they need when they need it – regardless of the device they are using at that time.
Technology exists to make life easier… more convenient. That applies to business operations as well as individuals. This could be surprisingly straight-forward, such as:
- Leveraging cloud technology to access the right data – from anywhere
- Making sure your IT infrastructure allows for all forms of devices, from PCs to mobiles and all devices in-between
- Using bespoke software solutions
Yes, achieving optimum productivity involves change – however the potential benefits are attractive. Would you like your business to have:
- Lower costs?
- Faster systems?
- Better customer experience?
“Business process often needs something else to kick it before it changes,” says Eric. “Sometimes that “something else” is a change of IT system which offers an obvious point of change and staff learning/relearning.
“I am sure we all can think of things which could be streamlined in our own workplaces. Why don’t we just do it?”
Empower greater productivity within your organisation. Call the team at EMH technology for an informal discussion, without obligation.