Whether you like it or not, there is no escaping the fact that we live in a technological age. And when it comes to business, this has changed the way that companies do everything from communicate with clients to hire new employees. However, there are plenty of businesses out there who have yet to accept the importance or value that technology can bring to their company. Change can be hard, but in the case of technology, it’s vital for the success of your business. After all, fancy gadgets and technology can be incredibly daunting for businesses that don’t work in the technology industry. Here are some tips for technology that your business should be using.
Reaching Out To Clients
There are a variety of new ways for businesses to reach out to clients. One perfect example is through social media. After all, over 73% of Fortune 500 companies have a social media profile, so it demonstrates how important this medium is for attracting new customers and pleasing the current ones.
On top of marketing with social media, digital graphics have changed through technology as well. Taking out a full-page print in the newspaper is an archaic method of advertising. Instead, infographics and six-second video clips will help gain, and likely keep, the attention of your customers for longer. With so much traffic that is on the web, it is important that your company finds ways to be noticed when reaching out to clients.
Allowing Cell Phones
It’s hard to imagine, but it wasn’t too long ago that an employee could get reprimanded for text messaging or using their phone during a business meeting. However, now smartphones allow people the ability to continually and constantly communicate with clients and important contacts. If you are a business that still believes that cell phones should be restricted in the work place, you may want to rethink your strategy. Cell phones are no longer a novelty item, but rather a necessity to succeed.
Company Provided Electronics
You can take the idea of smartphones one step further and even consider buying your employees their own set of company provided electronics. Sure, this may be an investment that requires some trust in the employees. However, this also means that workers will put in more effort and feel more valued as part of the team. It also is likely that they’ll get more work done at home, if they can easily take their tablet or laptop home with them. The emotional value of company provided electronics should not go understated, as they can help make your employees more happy and also productive.
Employee communication has always been a key for success and this is something that hasn’t changed just because technology plays a huge role in the workplace. Instead, it is how communication is done that has changed. Inter-company chat programs make it easier to relay information back and forth easier and faster than ever. And when employees have high quality Bluetooth headsets, they can also make phone calls and communicate with people, without having to take their hands off the keyboard. These headphones are a great example of company provided electronics and a way to promote better communication in the workplace.
Worrying about untruthful employees is a concern for any company. Whether it’s time clock fraud or searching the web instead of doing work, nobody is benefiting from these types of behaviors. However, technology can cut done on a variety of time management issues. There are a variety of programs out there that will help you manage your workforce better, without making them feel like they are being unfairly watched.
Unless you are in the tech industry, it may seem incredibly difficult to imagine implementing a bunch of gadgets into your company model. However, you can assure that technology is helping companies in ways that were never before imaginable. If you are looking to make the most of your company’s technology, while also making your employees happy, be sure to consider the tips for your office mentioned here.
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