No matter what your company does, improving the productivity of your work force can boost your bottom line. Doing more with fewer resources is a fact of life in today's competitive business environment, and that dynamic is not likely to change anytime soon. That means the companies that can get the most productivity from every worker and the best results from limited resources are the most likely to succeed in the long run.
Adding computer technology to your small business is an excellent way to boost the productivity of your company and help each worker get more done in less time. When evaluating your business and your need for computer technology, examine the manual processes your firm uses and think about how those time-consuming manual processes can be automated with the right computer technology.
Giving the front-line employees the tools they need to do their jobs more effectively can be good for productivity. Allowing workers on the floor the flexibility to solve customer problems frees up supervisors and managers to do more important tasks, such as planning for the future of the department and addressing training needs.
Requiring all employees to stick to the same rigid schedule regardless of job function or actual company needs is bad for morale and company productivity. Allowing your workers to have some flexibility with their schedules and working hours actually can enhance productivity, build loyalty and encourage workers to do more for the company. Allowing some employees to work from home also can enhance productivity and boost morale. A 2010 study conducted by IBM and reported by the Telegraph found that workers who have the flexibility to work at home actually clock more hours and suffer from less stress than their office-bound counterparts.