How to Use Technology to Increase Your Productivity
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“Technology” and “productivity” are two words that often don’t have a positive association. Lately, the word technology alone is usually enough to conjure the negative images of a distracted teenager scrolling through social media on their phones or a frustratingly outdated computer that never works quite right. Luckily, it is possible to ensure your business is using technology to increase productivity, and that starts with making the right technology choices. Not all technology is created equal, and not every business has the same technology needs!
Make a Plan
Greater connectivity and communication, the ability to share information about budgets and timelines, and regular progress updates are some of the many ways project management technology provides an easy, efficient way to monitor progress and make sure projects are going as planned. Allowing employees to keep up with tasks, deadlines and goals can also help keep everyone focused and on-task. Fortunately, technology can significantly help alleviate some of these issues.
Don’t be behind the Times
While it is a necessary task that has to be done, there really is a better way to do it, and technology can help. Using software that allows for scheduling and workload planning alleviates the headache of accidentally overbooking anyone and streamlines the process of assigning responsibilities and logging hours.
Having a synced team calendar and a way for employees to see what everyone else is working on—and what they should be trying to tackle—enables better collaboration, saves time and increases productivity.
Keeps Lines of Communication Open
As remote work continues to be the new normal, cloud and mobile technologies remain essential. They help ensure that distributed workforces have the appropriate resources to stay connected and productive.
Facilitates Continuous Education
Investing in your staff’s development is essential to stimulating the drive, creativity, and forward-thinking abilities necessary to stay ahead of the curve. A learning management system can empower employees to further their knowledge, skills, and talents. It can provide them with a repository of training materials and certifications. Having these resources at their disposal enables them to find novel solutions and innovations that will bring your business and customers the most value.
Business technology is constantly changing, so it is important to find the right fit for your organization, but there is almost certainly something out there that can help you increase productivity.