If you don’t keep up with the pace of technology in business, you could end up being left behind. There are so many helpful online tools out there and ways to streamline processes. If you haven’t already investigated what’s available … now is the time.
So, why should you keep up with technology in business?
#1 Save space
As your business grows it’s not always just the number of team members that cause you to need more space and outgrow your office. It can be the amount of documents you have. If you have a lot of paper stored in filing cabinets kicking around your office then why not get these documents scanned? There are companies out there who can take care of your paper management needs like Storetec.
What would happen if your building had a fire and you lost all your key documents? You’ll have one less thing to worry about if you’ve embraced technology and had those documents backed up on the cloud.
There are other things in the office you can say goodbye to as well … like that huge office holiday planning calendar on your wall. Use online tool, Timetastic, to track your employees holiday days instead.
#2 Stay up to speed with others in your industry
Your competitors will be using new technology, so you should too. If there’s a way they’re providing their customers with a better experience through technology then naturally your customer base will be drawn to them. Customers go where they get the best experience so try to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself if there’s a way technology can enhance your product / service.
#3 Improve efficiency
There are many reasons why technology can help to improve efficiency in the workplace from storing information in the cloud and CRMs to industry-specific software that could help with inventory management, taking sales on the move or accounting.
Improved efficiency also has a positive impact on your team as laborious tasks are squished allowing team members to have more time to be creative and work on projects that’ll drive the business forward.
#4 Communicate with your customers better
Technology makes communicating with your customers easier than ever before. For example: If you have an ecommerce website, you could install live chat or use social media to communicate with your customers. If you work in a large business with clients all over the world there are tools you can use to video chat like Skype that allow you to have a face to face discussion and build better relationships.
#5 Step up your internal communications
How do you shout about successes currently in your company? If you have weekly huddles and high five on good news in the office - great! Sometimes teams can get so big that this level of regular, positive communication tends to slip.
There are platforms you can use like Slack which embrace technology to improve internal communication. It’s an instant team messaging platform so you can virtually high five on those projects, share news with your team, catch up on certain tasks or recap on weekly activities without all having to be in the same room at the same time.
Protect the documents that matter most to you and your business. Technology is out there to give you peace of mind and keep those documents safe. It’s not just about your documents either, there are so many elements to think about - for example your customers data.
#7 Improved workflow
With tools such as Wunderlist and Trello you can create lists and boards that track your projects and show what members of your team are working on so you know who’s got capacity to take on more projects. These tools can be really powerful and can help with #3 in our list too!
Don’t forget with an increased reliance on technology, there’s an extra reliance on your internet connection. Does your current connection have the capability to deliver what your business needs and future proof for what technology might be to come?
Call our team on 01482 241234 to discuss how we can help you find the right connection for your business.