Businesses should be at the very forefront of cost-saving technology. It’s often developed in response to problems significant to the bottom line of businesses. Why then, in many cases, are businesses slow to take-up clever tech? Below, let’s look at a few of the reasons that have held back businesses, and attempt to unpack ways businesses could use these technologies for their greater profit and gain.
Ergonomics. It’s a very unsexy word, but what it symbolizes should come as a great comfort, relief, and interest to anyone who spends time running or engaging in business.
[pullquote]It will come as no surprise to any person familiar with the monetary costs of band ergonomic and WH & S practices that ergonomic technologies are being developed more quickly than businesses can uptake them.[/pullquote] Injuries as a result of poor posture, long hours or repetitive strain are on the rise, and there’s very little being done to curb this worrying trend.
Businesses have the technology available to be able to help their employees work more comfortably and with a greater focus on their health and safety. Colebrook Bosson Saunders manufacture monitor arms which allow adjustability and angle refinement well beyond what traditional screen risers currently allow (and heaven forbid even mentioning old CRT monitors).
By not updating their technology and trying more ergonomic solutions, businesses are directly impacting their employee’s health and well-being and are liable for monetary costs and legal ramifications in the future.
Businesses are also lagging behind in the adoption and integration of productivity enhancing technologies. Business management software systems have been around for many years, but business as a whole is slow to take up some of the new products which automate and streamline existing approaches.
For example, in sectors such as construction, payroll is still often manually processed and generated at the end of a job, in one lump (and extremely convoluted) transaction. The software exists to streamline this process (progressive payment software) but construction companies are by and large not choosing to adopt this software until they’re forced to.
It’s not the type of forward-thinking behavior we’ve come to expect from modern businesses – but it’s just one example of the many ways in which businesses elect not to invest their short-term profits in their longer-term success.
Behind The Times
There’s a real and tangible trepidation in the adoption of technology for business – even for something as simple as desktop computing.
Old technology costs businesses time and money, through outmoded processes, increased running costs (those CRT monitors again!), and through time wasted on repairs, malfunctions, and system lag.
Smart businesses turn today’s windfalls into a guarantee of tomorrow’s success.
In order to do this, they should be investing in better technological infrastructure, increased technical product knowledge, and greater system integration. The future is here – and it’s real and digital.
Another reason businesses are slow to adopt smart technology is because of the required training and the perceived level of ongoing support that will be required.
This ignores the fact that modern tech is often able to replace multiple outmoded and outdated systems, effectively streamlining processes and allowing a common language and training to be applied across an entire business – rather than the fragmentation of multiple technologies and languages. This actually saves companies in ongoing running costs, and allows for a united support team, with any helpful support literature able to be disseminated across the company.
Companies that don’t take the time and small investment to adapt to technological advances run the chance of becoming irrelevant and backward – kryptonite in the business world. For a small time and monetary outlay, they can easily adopt forward-thinking technology which helps their business grow and keeps their employees healthy and happy. – For more information about smart technologies here on Bit Rebels, click here!