Not all computer improvements are about optimizing the internal speed and performance of your hardware. While most companies direct the hardware portion of the IT budget to new RAM, bigger screens, and growing integration of virtual machines instead of strictly physical hardware, it’s important to optimize the hardware for your coworkers, too. This includes every piece of technology that employees touch, watch, or interact with.
One of the biggest risks that companies in high-competition areas isn’t losing forward momentum in adapting to new technology. It’s losing sight of employee well-being. Multinational technology conglomerates face this risk in highly competitive metroplexes: employees with in-demand specialties don’t have to accept the first job offer they receive or even the highest-paying job offer. Instead, employees are looking more holistically at what employers have to offer, and that starts with hardware. Here are three computer improvements to work into your hardware to bolster both hiring rates and employee retention:
Improve your company’s mobile devices to implement telecommuting options.
Telecommuting works. While the idea of letting employees work from home has been riddled with concerns about lower effort, less focus, and informality, the real trends show the opposite outcome. Employees who work at home are more likely to complete work efficiently, and distraction goes down. Part of this is based on incentives: employees don’t want to risk losing the right to work at home, so they ensure their work is on par with in-office projects. Part of it is that there truly are fewer constraints and distractions that prevent work. Coworkers aren’t stopping by; they’re emailing or calling. Without a commute, there are no delays in getting to the office or early departures to beat traffic. One of the largest problems with telecommuting isn’t the human element but the physical limitations of their hardware. Make these three changes:
1. Provide laptops or tablets with better cameras.
Meetings don’t have to be in-person anymore. In fact, if your company has offices across on the country or on another continent altogether, face-to-face meetings are next to impossible. Virtual meeting platforms for large groups and individual video chat programs are bridging the gap. Make sure your employees are equipped with both a high-quality camera for clear communication and the power to stay in communication without dropped calls or shaky graphics.
2. Give them stay-at-home screens.
Most laptop users keep their screens split at all times. While that enables two windows to be open and active, it still might not be enough space. Give your employees the tools to recreate their office space with an additional monitor. This widens the sphere of possible at-home work for departments that juggle qualitative documents and spreadsheets at the same. Even customer service representatives can monitor their call logs, read the answer scripts, and check customer records at home with added screen space. Once employees aren’t dependent on just their laptop screen, that also gives you the flexibility to choose more power and functionality over display specs when you need to buy more computers.
3. Invest in software that can protect mobile devices.
When just your salespeople are on the move, protecting their devices slips down the priority list. But having your company’s data available in public is dangerous in two main ways. First, when employees use a public wi-fi, they’re opening their device up to attacks and data theft. Also, the devices themselves are easy to lose or have stolen. Once everyone has a mobile device that might encounter untrusted networks, you can argue for the stronger malware protection and VPNs your company needed all along.
Hardware barriers often prevent a discussion about telecommuting. But as more and more companies adopt flexible policies about work, keeping everyone in the office can limit your hiring options. Go to IT Networks Australia Pty Ltd to see how other hardware updates can also help your company grow.