Accessible technology helps businesses in a number of ways including staff retention and recruitment, as well as enhancing team collaboration and improving communication among all employees.
Enhancing productivity is one of the ways in which technology can help your business. By providing your staff with accessible and adaptive technology you are supporting their everyday needs and providing the tools necessary to carry out the job properly.
A business that can facilitate collaboration and communication among all employees will have greater success in achieving organisational productivity. Accessible technology that is adjustable and meets a variety of employee needs increases productivity as well as job satisfaction, and employee morale.
Accessible technology can also help organisations retain talented employees, which in turn benefits the business by eliminating the need for costly rehiring and retraining. Low staff turnover is another way of improving employee morale and is an additional indirect way in which technology can give your business a helping hand.
Truly accessible technology will have the ability to be tailored to individual employees needs. It is therefore important when choosing new business technology to consider the diverse needs of all members of staff.
Careful selection of technology for your business can help to reduce costs in other ways too. More and more organisations now use email as a main means of communication and this helps to drive business costs down, as it is simply a cheaper way of communicating.
Services such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) can be used to reduce essential business costs. A unified approach to communication means all services – from telephone calls to faxes, voicemail and e-mail – are delivered together, which decreases monthly overheads. VoIP solutions also offer the advantage of running both voice and data communications over a single network which can represent a significant saving in infrastructure costs for businesses. The huge popularity of PCs, fax, the World Wide Web and wireless revolutions have resulted in significant productivity gains, whilst enduring economic value. And, it is now clear that communication technologies have a vast impact on various aspects of a business.
When it comes to implementing new technologies into your business there will be some practical considerations to take care of. For your broadband connection, think about the download and upload speed required. Some Internet providers will charge a connection fee so look out for this and in addition, think about whether you need a dynamic or static IP address.
You will need to consider how many email addresses you require and when it comes to online safety and security it is essential to have anti-virus and spam protection.
Furthermore, online collaboration provides businesses with one place to store documents, allowing you to share information and work collaboratively, so you can use technology to draw all aspects of your business closer together. However, it is important to remember that most services, such as VoIP or online document sharing, require business broadband.
Therefore, whilst there is a lot to take into consideration, it is possible to use technology to your advantage.