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How can investing in IT help improve your productivity in 2023

Let’s face it, one of the biggest KPIs measured in the workforce of many businesses is related to productivity. Is your team hitting targets & completing tasks? If the answer to this question is a resounding no, then what can you do to increase that productivity whilst at the same time continue to improve the morale of your workforce and maintain profitability. 

This is where technology can help steer your business towards increased productivity. There are no doubts that you have been told countless times by your colleagues' things such as ‘the internet isn’t working or the networks are offline’. In the modern workplace, productivity is everything as people want to be as productive as possible in the fastest possible time.  

Are you aware of the fact that IT being offline costs businesses around £3.6 million a year, on average? When you crunch these numbers further, you learn that roughly equates to 545 hours lost which levels down to an individual employee cost of £7,235 per year. As well as this, the other figures are even more worrying as it can take a worker over 23 minutes to get back into the swing of things following a technical-related issue. 

So, what actions can be taken by your business to keep productivity higher and save your business money in the long run? We’ve produced 5 such ways to use technology to help transform the way your processes work. 

Anticipate increased growth & expansion 

Is your business growing and with it are you looking to recruit more workers? If this is the case in your business, you will need to anticipate the fact that more workers equates to more users accessing your network on a daily basis. This is where you need to take actionable steps to improve your connectivity in addition to educating your workforce so that when new workers start they have everything at their disposal to get started straight away. 

Are you gaining the best possible value out of Microsoft? 

Ensuring that your business has the right software in place is crucial in enabling your workforce to streamline their daily activities. You will find that using autopilot enables you to send a device to a user complete with everything they need to get started straight away. Microsoft Defender is a leading anti-virus solution that is free to use, whereas making use of Microsoft Teams for phone calls will allow you to use your existing licensing and reduce the likelihood of any hardware related incidents. Finally, maximising your use of both Mobile Device Management & Mobile App Management will allow you to manage apps and data on company mobile devices. 

Does your business have the ability to bounce back from adversity? 

Would your business be able to get back up and running quickly if something like a cyber-attack occurred? Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place for your IT and has it been tested? Have any issues been highlighted and prioritised according to risk? Does your business have a backup restore in place that can be activated at a click of a button? The important thing to note is that the things above must be tested regularly. This will enable you to easily manage any form of issues that arise to enable you to keep downtime to a minimum and costs relatively low. 

Are you able to use on-prem apps through the Cloud? 

Have you ever thought about running any existing on-prem apps in the Cloud? If you haven’t thought about this before then you certainly should as using the Cloud for applications can speed up things and make it easier for you to back up your data securely. This will give you the ability to be able to restore your systems fast if required. 

Has your IT budget been allocated for 2023/2024? 

As we come close to the end of the financial year, you may be discussing budgets, or finalising them before the end of the tax year in March. Why not take this opportunity to both review and streamline your apps and processes so that your business is focusing on improving productivity as much as possible? 

Next Steps? 

If you are a business that is looking to invest in IT throughout 2023 and beyond to help ramp up your overall productivity, then please talk to our IT experts today to discuss your specific requirements. 

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