5 Hacks for Happier & More Productive Employees
Jon Hayes | May 8, 2020
What are SKYE Technologies’ five simple hacks to make your employees happier and more productive?
No, we’re not going to waste any time.
Let’s get right to the point… Here they are:
- Computers with solid state drives save employees’ time.
- Mobile business phone apps on employees’ smartphones free them from being tied to their desks.
- Fast answers for employees’ computer questions save them hours of time and frustration in Googling answers.
- Mobile access to their computers and projects provide employees with a healthy work/life balance.
- User-friendly organizational and project management tools keep employees on track and communicating with each other.
With a few simple changes, you can remove friction points in your workplace and empower your employees to be happier and more productive.
But let’s dive right past the bullet points into the details that will make a difference in your business.
Removing Potholes Improves Employee Happiness and Increases Job Satisfaction
According to Pew Research, 49% of Americans are “satisfied” (meaning happy with) their current employment.
What about the rest?
What can you do to improve those odds in your company?
Companies around the planet spend millions of dollars a year trying to hire and then retain top-flight employees. While hiring isn’t usually a challenge, keeping those new hires happy year after year can be a challenge.
Because people are people… And if there is something to complain about, we will, won’t we?
It’s just human nature.
So, if you want to make your employees happier and more productive, you’re going to have to look down the road and see the potholes that they are going to complain about every day.
You know what I’m talking about, right?
Every day on your drive to work, you hit that same pothole that you’ve been complaining to yourself about for nearly a year.
“Why hasn’t the city sent a crew out to fill that? One day I’m going to hit that pothole and it’s going to blow my tire…or worse…bend my rally rims.”
Maybe you’ve already sent in an email or made a formal complaint to the city about that offensive pothole.
And every day, your frustration grows just a little bit on your way to work.
For employees, little things that slow them down cause the same pent-up frustrations and ultimately slow them down – putting a frown on their faces.
Exploring the SKYE Tech Team’s Top 5 Hacks to Make Your Employees Happier and More Productive
As we work each day with businesses of all shapes and sizes, a pattern has emerged. Companies that have implemented these five hacks have employees that are happier with their ability to get their work done.
That’s a big deal.
Imagine that you’re an executive assistant that has to wait almost ten minutes for his/her computer to boot up in the morning.
What if you’ve got a simple “how-to” question about an app or a file retrieval issue that just needs a quick solution, but you’ve got no one to call?
And we’ve all been in workplaces that are a complete organizational shambles because they haven’t adopted a project management tool that works for everyone.
Ready to remove those friction points that drive your employees bananas and make some changes that will improve both their on-the-job happiness and efficiency?
Here’s what you’ve got to put in place.
- Replace Outdated Laptops and Workstations with Solid State Drive Machines
By giving your employees newer computers with solid-state drives, you save them time on boot-up in the morning as well as increasing their computing speed. Just do the calculations… If each of your employees has to wait half an hour each day while their computer is booting up or “thinking” about the command they have entered, how much money in salaries are you losing annually? Now, easily double that figure for lost productivity and revenue.
What do employees love about solid-state drive technology?
- Faster boot-up and computing
- Lighter – for laptops and mobile devices
- More Impact-resistant
- Put a Mobile, Cloud-based Telephone System in Place
The companies that spent thousands of dollars a few years ago on complex, in-house telephone systems that work on outdated landline technology are suffering today.
Because employees are working from home – especially in this post-COVID-19 timeframe – and those employees need access to their business telephone line.
By using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) business phone technology, you give your employees choices. Deskphone? Smartphone app? Both?
Employees love choices and are happier when they’re not tied to their desk…just to answer a telephone that may or may not ring.
- Partner with an Outsourced IT Support Firm to Answer Questions and Do Computer Troubleshooting
If your employee is having trouble with their computer or they need a “how-to” answer, who do they have someone to call?
Often, employees are left to fend for themselves…searching Google for answers and following instructions that may, or may not, be useful.
It’s a waste of their time and talent…and they know it.
If you don’t give them an IT resource they can call and get an immediate response, they’re going to get frustrated…and you’re going to get the blame.
So, having an outsourced IT support team on call is a great way to lower employee stress and increase productivity.
- Give Employees the Ability to Work from Any Internet-Connected Device Anywhere in the World
While you may not want your employees to be working from an ocean-front beach house in Barbados, giving them some flexibility – especially outside of the regular 9-5 – helps them maintain a happy home/life balance.
This is accomplished through several things in the IT industry, such as Office 365, Hosted Desktops, file syncing, remote collaboration tools and more
The best part?
Effective use of these technologies makes your employees more secure, adaptable, and productive than the old way of computing. And as a bonus, your company is more resilient to disruptions, improving your business continuity.
- Update Your Project Management System
Migrating your existing projects over to a better, mobile, user-friendly project management system can seem like Mission Impossible. We understand. But here’s the deal. If your employees are dropping the ball, it may not be their fault. It may be your outdated project management tool. Companies that are leveraging online, mobile-friendly tools like Trello, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Asana, and Basecamp are finding that it’s easier to keep everyone on the same page and to avoid the confusion resulting from siloed information.
Ready to implement the Five Simple Hacks to Make Your Employees Happier and More Productive? SKYE Technologies is here to assist. Just give us a call or send an email to begin a no-obligation conversation with one of our IT consultants.
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