For most small business owners, improving employee productivity is a top concern.
One of the most effective actions a small business owner can use to boost productivity is technology. It’s an effective and affordable way to get more production from employees. Here are some of our favorite productivity-boosting technologies:
GPS Navigation and Tracking Systems
For many businesses, especially service businesses, driving is essential. From sending sales reps to see prospective customers to installation and service crews doing remote work, driving is a huge threat to employee productivity.
To prevent potential employee abuse while driving, we recommend using in vehicle tracking technologies. They monitor, measure and record various areas of vehicle operation. They provide GPS tracking of vehicle locations, which can assist in routing and dispatching with productivity in mind.
These technologies insure employees are where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there. They promote safe and fuel-efficient driving practices.
GPS navigation and tracking systems are affordable and can be easy retrofitted to most vehicles. They pay for themselves many times over.
Camera Surveillance Systems
Have you ever noticed how much more productive employees are when they are being observed by a supervisor? That’s the concept behind this technology.
Camera surveillance systems boost productivity while improving customer service. They observe employees while recording their activities. Employees know this and thus conduct themselves in a more professional, productive manner. These systems are also quite useful to savvy business owners and managers to determine how well employees interact with customers.
Finally, these systems are known to slash employee theft. They are versatile, affordable and highly effective.
Hue & Cry designs and installs camera surveillance systems for businesses in Northern California and Oregon. Call us a 1-800-800-ALARM for more information.
Keystroke logging records the keys an employee strikes on their computer. This technology allows you to determine if the employee is doing work-related activity, and if they are doing it in a timely fashion.
Many times these tracking systems are used without the knowledge of the employee. At some point though, employees will discover your use of the technology. And that’s a good thing…you want productive employees, not problem employees.
According to a study by Citrix, the vast majority of US businesses using smart phones and tablets in their operations have experienced employee productivity gains of 10% or more, with many reporting productivity increases in excess of 30%.
The big reason is employee access to APPS. Small businesses are using apps to save time, cut costs, boost efficiency and to make employees more productive.
Those are our favorite technologies to boost employee productivity. What’s yours?