Using technology to make a business more efficient and effective is vital to the growth and sustainability of the organisation. However, while it can make a business more efficient, it’s essential to remember that technology can also create an unfriendly workplace and even prevent users from getting work done.
Speed of Work
Technology helps to make the workflow within businesses and organisation more efficient. Software, allows managers to better equip their employees but also allows them to better monitor the quality and quantity of working being done. While this is undoubtedly a win for the business, it can be to the detriment of employee morale and sometimes even working conditions. With efficiency comes the expectation of more. More work, done in less time and to a better degree. In most
With efficiency comes the expectation of more. More work, done in less time and to a better degree. In most cases, the balance between the advantage of technology and the human resource are well managed ensuring that the expectation put on employees is reasonable, in some situations however the pressure put on individuals is too much leading to low morale and in some cases burnout.
A way in which technology can improve the speed of work and benefit both the organisation and the employee is through automation of recurring tasks that either have a high incidence of human error or easily fall into the cracks. Endpoint backups are a good example of a task that can be automated using technology, that will relieve pressure and be more effective for the user, IT and the company.
From laptops to tablets and smartphone, technology had created more flexibility in the way we work. Employees can now work from pretty much anywhere while still being connected to the business.
While mobility is certainly great for business it does come with some downsides. This first disadvantage is that it puts the organisation’s network and data at risk. Companies should ensure that mobile devices have software that encrypts the data on it and that they have the ability to wipe machines clean in the event of theft or loss. The second difficulty is felt mostly by the employee. When people have work device with them all day or have the ability to work from home the boundary between work and home becomes faded and can intrude on the individual’s downtime, possibly leading to added stress, burnout and related health issues.
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