Employee Productivity Is Essential to a Competitive SMB
Digital transformation is a mega-trend that is increasing attention on a new generation of digital systems designed to dramatically enhance employee productivity. New tools and technologies provide the platform for a step-function increase in employee productivity.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will use these productivity enhancements to position themselves for business success. To do this, employees will require devices that are highly adaptable, allowing them to work any way they want to―in tablet mode or with a traditional keyboard and cursor―and switch between them seamlessly. Employees can use the critical productivity software they know, while embracing the new capabilities in the software for analytics and visual presentation of data as well as support for not only the mechanics of collaboration, but also better ways to share the information and data used by the group.
Next-generation digital tools are the engine driving productivity gains and enabling employees to do even more. SMBs must win the productivity race, because wasting human resources is a losing proposition.
How SMBs Can Utilize New Digital Tools to Beat the Larger Competitors
Improving productivity is not as difficult as it might seem. Three of the most impactful ways to increase productivity are detailed here.
Enable More Effective Collaboration
The ability of teams, both ad hoc and formal, to complete projects in a timely manner and with optimal results is the hallmark of successful businesses. Next-generation technology solutions have new capabilities to improve collaboration processes, across all methods of communication. In fact, better collaboration may be a critical advantage for SMBs. Better ways to share content, regardless of format, will bring true competitive advantage.
Devices with next-generation collaboration built in eliminate common barriers to success. Fundamental changes in both hardware and software have dramatically enhanced what employees can do. The combination of better information organization, putting all information into a single, manageable format, and making it available to others will allow SMBs to win the productivity battle.
Improve Output and Increase Time Spent on High-Value Activities
In a modern business, most work is done using key productivity apps and the hardware devices that enable them. However, older systems force employees to spend precious time doing too much system administration tasks. Modern devices and software tools eliminate much of the time wasted doing housekeeping chores for security, mobility, information and data management, and more. Worse, new capabilities such as analytics are not well supported—which is not surprising, since legacy systems were designed and conceived during a very different time. There was no way that older hardware and software products could foresee the needs of the digital employee.
Another, often overlooked, way employee productivity is negatively impacted is when employees must wait for their devices to respond. For example, if an employee must wait just 30 seconds for a device to respond and that happens five times per hour, it adds up to more than two weeks of lost productivity per year!
Lenovo and Microsoft Power Modern Devices to Empower the Digital Employee
Lenovo and Microsoft work closely together to provide a wide range of devices and enhanced software solutions that deliver substantial productivity gains. It starts with the latest Lenovo devices, which include the newest peripherals and technologies for an optimal platform for Windows 10 and Office 365. For example, Lenovo devices’ seamless support for tablet and keyboard mode is the starting point for giving users the ability to work with the latest features of Office 365. And enhancements to the system make it easier to let employees access key advances in Office 365, delivering better collaboration, security, analytics and mobility tools.
Utilizing Windows 10 on the latest Lenovo systems, employees can do more. It is now much easier to “stay in the flow,” as employee can now easily go back to where they left off after an interruption. And with new interfaces and options, employees can choose among several Windows “workstyles,” using what suits them best. In addition, the new “Nearby Sharing” feature allows employees to share files and information with someone who is near them in a meeting or at the office. Lenovo and Microsoft deliver the goods with their latest products. Consider these stats:
- Security events requiring IT intervention are reduced by one-third.
- New devices start up 28% faster.
- Batteries last three times longer than those in older Windows devices.
With support for Windows 7 ending next year, now is the perfect time to upgrade devices and software. For more information on how SMBs can drive productivity gains, please check out: https://solutions.lenovo.com/pc-solutions/transforming-productivity/