Opinions expressed by entrepreneur Shareholders are their own.
In essence, the tools we use to get our work done should do two things: increase our productivity and help our teams find more time for meaningful work. Instead of letting the tools hold you back, you need to find ways to make the technology work according to your specific needs. Here are some ways to get the most out of the tech tools you use frequently, to help your teams avoid technology burnout and increase creativity in their jobs.
Busy business automation gives employees more time to do meaningful work
It can be easy to get caught up in busy work. It starts piling up, and after a long time, you spend valuable time organizing files on your desktop, entering information into a spreadsheet and checking time-consuming tasks, but in the end, you don’t use your skills and creativity. Now, don’t get me wrong, this work can be important and necessary to keep the business going, but if your team is constantly busy with small tasks, they are not making the most of their workday.
What’s more, if you feel that someone’s workload is unmanageable, it becomes a major cause of stress in the workplace. When an employee feels they already have enough time in the day to handle all their tasks, they are 70% less likely to be fatigued. In today’s work culture filled with burnout, helping teams manage it is a huge and necessary win.
This is where technology can be your friend. By automating normal workplace tasks, you will free your team to focus on the most valuable and impactful work they are already set to do.
This will look different for each company, but it can be everything from automatically sending email updates to customers, to automatically filling information into a spreadsheet, to sending customers text updates for quick product announcements.
Besides reducing employee attrition, this can save teams up to 3 hours per day to focus on the creative and strategic work they had to do in the background.
Related Topics: How Technology Evolves To Make Companies More Productive
Embracing the low-code, no-code software market
In today’s world, every company needs to operate like a software company. As business becomes more and more digital and customers are now more online than ever before, indoor and outdoor experiences online must be top notch. In short, this means that in order to achieve business goals, companies need a full arsenal of enterprise applications to support internal functions and external outputs.
This is where low code/no code programs come into play. These technologies empower organizations with accessible and customizable ways to work faster and more efficiently, without the need for deep technical expertise. The low code/no code market is growing, with Gartner predicting it will grow to $13.8 billion by the end of 2021, a 22.6% increase from 2020, so now is the perfect time for companies to embrace this innovation.
By embracing low code/no code available software, companies can create an organization that will grow and change along with technology, rather than an organization that is stuck in the past or needs constant updates to keep up. In addition to keeping you updated, this is a way to allow team members to take ownership of your company’s technology and create processes that work for their specific team or clients, even if they don’t have an engineering or development background.
Related Topics: How to use technology to increase productivity and not get distracted
Technology should make your work more synchronized
As companies across industries become more hybrid and remote, the way we work (and the tools to keep doing that work) has changed dramatically. Technology can be great and very useful for keeping in touch with co-workers and organizing the tasks you need to get done. However, this same technology can also become a burden when all your work is done online, and personal contact is few and far between. In fact, we continue to see people across the workforce experiencing burnout and “zoom fatigue,” with half of remote workers reporting fatigue due to constant Zoom calls. So how do we fix this?
One way is to make your technology work for you and use it to become a more asynchronous organization. Rather than feeling the need for teams to be “always on,” an asynchronous technology stack can enable teams to get their work done without sending Slack alerts or email reminders.
For your company, this may mean setting clear rules about how (and when) people should use the tools at their disposal. It could also mean creating an online collaborative workspace where teams can provide updates on their own time, so everyone is in agreement with what needs to be done and what their role is on each individual project.
By using your technology to become more asynchronous, teams will be able to truly communicate about what is most important to their work, and this will make your teams more creative and collaborative, without bogging down.
No matter what tools you use in your organization, it’s important to work better with the way your team works. If the tools you’re using are getting in the way of your success, it’s time to re-evaluate and make a plan to update your technology or the ways you use that technology.
Take the time to learn what works and what isn’t right for your employees, and find ways to fill in the gaps so your company operates at an optimal level, for both employees and customers.
Related Topics: Why 2022 is All About Asynchronous Communication