Tablet computers, cloud storage, smartphones and super-slim laptops are everywhere in the modern age and it seems that the only way to get ahead, remain on trend or get the job done to the highest quality is to invest in the latest and greatest gadgets that the technology world has to offer.
In order to keep up with today’s digital audience, many businesses are now incorporating social media into their marketing strategies, while others are replacing humans with computers in the more advanced or risky areas of their businesses thanks to the latest tech developments in their industries. Others are busy utilizing the latest programs and software, with mobile field service software solutions helping companies to stay in touch with employees working away from the office, and file-sharing software allows them to upload the latest documents and reports quickly and conveniently.
The problem is, with so much varied technology now on the market, the risk is that you can go too far and bring in too many new devices and gadgets in one go. This can cause a whole world of problems for those having to use them, especially if the technology is new and no one is there with enough skills to help troubleshoot. It’s difficult enough to get your head around the shift from one device to another, such as a Windows PC to an Apple Mac, but when you bring in a series of new products for people to use it can take even longer to learn the new processes and it essentially causes a period of downtime – which can be costly for business.
Imagine what it would be like to move house, change job and have a baby all at the same time, it would be very overwhelming – it’s the same with implementing a series of new systems into a business. You’ve got all these changes and new things to deal with and you often don’t know where to start or how to approach the changes. With many people often comfortable and set in their ways with regards to the way they work, implementing a series of changes can be hard for them to deal, especially if your staff are absolute novices with the new system or process.
New systems do have their benefits, of course, allowing companies to complete tasks more efficiently than ever before and making life simpler for their employees, so long as they’re fully trained to use them. In industries where machines and processes are particularly risky, a new type of computerized system could be highly beneficial to prevent injury; while others systems will allow the business to essentially stay open 24-hours a day because there is no need for human input, other than hitting the start button.
In an ideal world it could be more effective to essentially drip-feed new technology into the business. That way, you can find out what really works and what people are comfortable using before investing. You might find that a certain operating system is preferred, that laptops are better for the particular job than a desktop or that expensive machines just aren’t a viable investment. It’s better to find out these things on an individual basis rather than having to revert back to old practices if things don’t work out. Embrace the modern ‘smartphone generation’, but make sure you give people the time and training to keep up!