Computers, printers, desktops, laptops, monitors, extension cords, phone lines, wireless routers…
Technology is an inescapable part of the modern office landscape. However, not every office was built or planned with the dependence of modern technology in mind. If you’re in the process of integrating technology or reconfiguring technology into your workplace, keep the following things in mind:
1. Define How Technology Fits into Your Specific Workplace: In this very first step, understand how technology is used at your work and how it fits into your objectives and profitability. By defining this you can create a technology strategy that correlates with your business goals.
2. Evaluate Your Current Technology: After you determine your strategy, evaluate your current operating systems, communication software and physical workstations. How are these three things intertwined and how can they be more effective?
3. Reconfigure Your Technology: Pinpoint your budget and purchase the necessary equipment to upgrade your technology. Accessibility is the key to an integrated technological space. If your employees are having trouble physically accessing technology, such as docking stations for their smart phones or enough outlets for their equipment, reconfigure your space around this.
4. Train Your Employees: Keep your employees up to date on any new improvements or changes happening in the office. Employees should be trained on any system upgrades and be aware on how to access of them.
5. Maintenance: Technology is ever evolving, so constant maintenance is required in order to support your vision of your company. We recommend you form a committee or team to address technological issues and discuss solutions as your organization evolves.