Just for the fun of it, I thought you might like to read a blog that teaches you how to suck eggs. Not literally, but to talk about something simple that often gets over looked.
I'd like to ask why many business owners, (probably including yourself), never seem to take a step away from the day to day running of their businesses to take stock and look at how they can ensure their employees are being effective to the best of their ability?
I'm, Adam, and I'm a Business Development Manager at Mirus, so you might think I'm being biased when I say that technology is a way of increasing productivity. But I'm not asking you to implement the newest Artificial Intelligence or a £100,000.00 new CRM, I'm simply talking about ensuring you are utilising the effectiveness of the desktops/ laptops you put in front of your staff.
There's a reason why companies such as Dell, Lenovo and HP put three-year warranties on devices, and it's a good one, as after the 36 month mark, the machine has worked approximately 5,500 hard hours, and that's not taking into account those dedicated staff members who put in the extra hours outside of the working day.
If you worked that hard without taking a rest, having a check-up or looking after yourself, you'd probably be sluggish, slow to respond and glitchy too!
If your staff are working on slow machines, they're no longer as productive as they could be, or as they were, and you won't be getting the most out of them. This reduction in productivity and effectiveness will end up costing you money due to wasted time.
Time is money. Time = salary.
Have you thought about the unquantifiable time and cost saving implications that working with slow and sluggish computers could impact? Your staff, delayed by your slothful systems may not be able to find the time to dedicate to devising that amazing idea which takes your business to the next level. They may even be delayed in other more impactful ways, such as waiting for a file to upload, or to download, or an image to rasterise, a PowerPoint presentation to load, or a shared OneNote document to update, and that could, potentially mean they're delayed while emailing a client and closing an amazing deal.
I’m not trying to scare you into refreshing all your laptops after the warranty is up, a lot of laptops will last a little longer with the right maintenance, but it is about having a plan on when and how to refresh them is favourable.
At our recent Bucks Cyber Security event, I met one company owner that does a complete refresh of all hardware every five years, including servers, printers even the keyboards and mice. Doing this has meant that he knows what his budgetary needs are going to be; working out if it is better to lease or pay cash outright (keeping the FD very happy), staff morale is higher as they get the latest and greatest but without them knowing they are producing more work and being a lot more efficient, negating the actual cost of the refresh.
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