It’s a new age of productivity in the workplace. Productivity affects your internal spending, company revenue, employee retention and satisfaction, and more. Thankfully, there are many ways to increase productivity in the office. Today, we’re going to focus on IT related strategies.
1. Internet Filtering
The first one is simple. Internet filtering blocks certain websites on company networks. There are two major benefits of doing this. First, blocking sites like social media hinders workstation distractions. Secondly, sites can be blocked for security measure. Blocking sites that are “not secure” protects your system from potential cyber-attacks – which often mean downtime.
2. Automated Time-Tracking
Time-tracking software acts as an advanced time sheet. It lets employees clock in/out and record time spent on different tasks. Additionally, you can capture billable hours and behavioral data.
3. Office 365 – Cloud Computing
Organization and communication foster productivity. And Office 365 is the perfect office technology to make it happen. Office 365 includes:
- Business class emailing
- Instant file sharing and co-editing
- Teams for chat and video conferencing
- MS Flow to automate workflows
- MyAnalytics to track time spent on different tasks
- StaffHub to manage schedules and request time off
- And much more
4. Mobile-Friendly Tech
Today, many people work remotely – at least part time. Thus, offices need to adapt to the mobile employee to ensure high productivity. So, here are a few ways you can set up your remote worker for success:
- VPNs allow employees to safely access the company network from any internet connection.
- VoIP phones let your remote workers stay connected with flexible phone options. Work numbers can link to any mobile device. And, they can queue and forward calls to coworkers. For more information, check out our guide to VoIP business phones: Click here>>
- Cloud computing, like Office 365 and cloud data storage, lets workers access data and the tools they need to succeed, anywhere.
5. Proactive IT Management
Nothing hurts productivity more than downtime. Therefore, the number one strategy your company can implement is proactive IT management and maintenance. By managing your system, you can stop downtime in its tracks. IT management includes:
- Cloud and local data backups to ensure no data loss
- 24/7 system monitoring, antivirus and updates
- PC life cycle management – replacing hardware before it fails
- Assistance with VPNs, internet filtering, and mobile devices
For more information about managed IT services, check out our guide! Are Managed IT Support and Services Right for You?>>