There is no denying that technology is all around us and here to stay. It is practically in all aspects of our lives, especially at the office. Technology is thought to becoming more addictive, with people needing to know what’s going on throughout the day, inducing a fear of missing out, and proving to be a major distraction for some people. This distraction can naturally see a shift in productivity. So what can you do to ensure that your employees don’t get too distracted by online media, and remain productive? Below are a just a few tips. For more, follow the links at the end of the blog post:

  • Block certain websites which are not work focussed
  • Enforce quite hours where no technology (or very little) is used
  • When you have a break, move away from your desk and leave your phone in a draw

It is difficult to get away from technology, but some scientists claim that staring at screens all day and being obsessed with social media can lead to unnecessary stress, depression and fatigue. Using technology before bed is also a big no no, especially if you want a good night’s sleep before a busy day at work. Apps which filter out the blue light given off by screens and emit a more calming red light can reduce eye strain if you must look at a screen before bed.

So how about technology in regards to helping with your productivity within the workplace? Keeping your databases, IT systems and social media up to date is so important. Not only will this help you do your and the workforces job easier, but it will also have a positive effect on customers who use your business. Constant training can increase efficiency, create smoother processes and keep you ahead of the competition. Social media can provide a basis in which to communicate in real time to consumers- not to mention it is a long term and free tool to use!

In recent light of the TalkTalk data breach, ensuring your business has a sufficient, reliable and defendable security is paramount. If a breach has occurred of any data, this can slow down processes such as payroll, ordering systems and telecoms, which in turn will decrease productivity and potentially haemorrhage customers.

The use of technology nowadays is unavoidable and really is a great help to make sure your business is running the most efficient it can be. However, communication, taking breaks and ensuring the latest technology used is up to date can help make the work place stress free and somewhere where people want to work will infinitely help to ensure that team productivity isn’t compromised. ‘You’re only as good as your tools’

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-volpi-md-pc-facs/technology-depression_b_1723625.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/technology-addiction-and-stress_n_3684681.html

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/adverse-effects-technology-workplace-22649.html