It's no secret that employees and businesses are expected to be more productive than ever. Smartphones, broadband, and 24-hour connectivity means that everyone is expected to up to speed and on top of things all day, every day.
If you're a small business owner, you might feel pressure from clients to work harder than is humanly possible, and it's easy to pass those expectations on to your employees.
Luckily, there are ways to give yourself a leg up and improve productivity across your business, using the technology you already have. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
There are plenty of mobile apps designed to improve business productivity. From note-taking apps like Evernote to collaboration tools like Basecamp to secure document signing apps like Docusign: make the most of your mobile device by downloading apps that actually make your life easier instead of just wasting time.
Take Collaboration Online
Apps like Basecamp, Dropbox, and Google Docs make it easy to collaborate with your team at all times. That means even if your right-hand man is asleep, you can make edits, send messages, and make sure everything is ready for the moment he wakes up. When you don't have time to sit down at a desk, these types of wireless solutions can be a life saver.
Set Measurable Goals
Goal setting apps can be a huge benefit to small business owners. Setting measurable goals and writing them down can be the best way to get things accomplished. Small business owners are often running from one task to the next and leaving things unfinished to put out fires. Set a mobile reminder for yourself of one or two "must-dos" each day and watch your productivity - and feeling of accomplishment - skyrocket.
When all your communication systems work together, you can get more done. If you're on the go and can't pick up your office phone, ShoreTel's unified communications systems can ensure that you answer the phone just the same as if you were sitting at your desk. This means you don't have to be tied to one place or make sure everyone has your cell number so you can get more done all the time.
BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device.” Quickly fading are the days when people were willing to carry a Blackberry strapped to their belt and a flip phone in their pocket. People want the comfort and personalization of their own mobile device. And the truth is that a BYOD mobile solution can actually make employees more productive. Not only are they more willing to take calls and read emails during off hours, they're more likely to add their own apps that they know how to use and that help them work smarter. It's a win-win.
Mobile technology can be a powerful wireless solution for small business productivity if you take the time to set it up to work for you. In the hectic world of business ownership, it's easy to get distracted so let your technology work for you to make all your business goals become a reality.