Workplace productivity is crucial for business success. Fortunately, business efficiency increased by 1.2% across the United States in 2019 — total output increased by 2.4%, while total hours worked increased by 1.2%, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal. It’s thought that this boost in productivity is largely down to the growing presence and sophistication of workplace technology. The right tech tools like time tracking apps, networked voice and data solutions, and focusing tools can help managers and employees alike stay happy and productive throughout the working week.
Time tracking apps
Time tracking apps are excellent workplace productivity boosters. Mobile time tracking allows each employee to track their time at work from anywhere — whether they’re in-office, working at-home, or meeting with clients. It lets you identify any trends and distractions that lead to decreased efficiency. Personal and operational weaknesses can, therefore, be easily addressed. Employees are also better able to plan their week and get a better sense of how much they accomplish week-to-week. With time tracking apps, managers can also better plan, coordinate, and oversee projects. Even simply knowing they’re being tracked can be enough to boost employee focus.
Networked voice and data solutions
Networked voice and data solutions improve workplace productivity by facilitating easier communication between teams, no matter where they’re located. For example, voicemail, fax machines, email, tablets, smartphones, office phones, conference applications, calendar applications, and video conferencing hardware can be synced up and connected into one unified infrastructure. Employees are then able to access all these tools from one inbox. This technology reduces instances of communication lags and missed calls, and facilitates flexible remote team meetings via web, voice or video technology. Employees are therefore empowered with the ability to work anywhere they want and communicate with who they need at any time.
Roughly 30-40% of employee internet activity isn’t work-related and ends up costing businesses a total of $63 billion every year, research from the Society for Human Resource Management reveals. Social media and online shopping, in particular, can be major distractions during the workday. While you may not want to completely eliminate internet distractions, it can be beneficial to provide your employees with focusing tech tools to boost their productivity. For example, Stayfocusd allows you to set a daily time limit on certain sites without blocking them altogether. It also lets you block only certain parts of a website if other areas on the site are needed for work. If you do need to block entire websites during the workday, Cold Turkey is a great option. It’s very effective and impossible to circumnavigate — which sets it apart from other entire website blockers.
Technology has come a long way in recent years to help improve workplace productivity and promote greater business success. Introduce these smart tech tools to your employees and watch overall productivity soar.