Workplace Woes: 4 Ways Technology Can Resolve These Workplace Issues
With the UK potentially opening back up this month, and many of us heading back to the office, it’s easy to look at the potential workplace woes we’re heading back to. However, heading back into the office (or not, as some businesses are choosing to remain remote) doesn’t have to be hard.
Technology has become a huge problem solver for us, both at home and in the office – in fact it’s helped turn many of our homes into offices in 2020 and 2021. Whether your businesses is heading back to the office, staying remote or taking a flexible approach, there are many ways to put modern technology to good use to solve the following workplace woes:
1. Skills Shortages
The skills gap has been expanding since the recession, affecting many industries in its own insidious way. Thankfully, tech has stepped into shrink the gap – a work in progress.
With so much potential, startups and business owners have been able to approach the challenge from different perspectives. On one hand, technology now allows for better remote working, allowing for businesses to hire further afield and tap into talent pools previously thought out of reach.
On the other hand, technology has been adapted to provide enhanced training (through the likes of VR, for example), access to new skills, and made it easier than ever for individuals to pursue a career change.
2. Keeping on Top of Finances
When cash forms the lifeblood of your organisation, accounting becomes a crucial aspect of running a business. With more new businesses being born than ever before, there are more small business owners who are taking accounting into their own hands.
In times gone by, that would mean figuratively chaining themselves to a calculator for hours at a time every year, while they plundered collections of crumpled receipts and tried their best to make sense of what they were looking at.
Now, the likes of Xero have made accounting easily accessible to anybody, with everything they needed – including invoice generation, payment reminders, and reporting – all available at their fingertips. Factor in the ability of Xero to integrate with the likes of Lunar’s bespoke CRM, and you have a powerful tool being embraced by many a business owner.
3. Workflow Challenges
How your team goes about completing tasks forms an important part of the working day: without proper management, individuals may find themselves working far from there optimum efficiency, and productivity suffers as a result.
Now there’s definitely an app or two for that! In the workplace, business owners often turn to the bespoke CRM in order to provide their employees with a tool which can help them to better manage their time, share information across teams, and communicate better with customers.
The real-time reporting available in a bespoke CRM such as Lunar’s also means that managers can glance at employee performance and help them to improve to drive the business forward together.
4. Equipment Costs
One of the biggest woes faced by small businesses is managing how much money they must invest in the business and its various services. This means keeping a close eye on overheads, and with technology at the centre of the business world, that can often mean equipment costs.
With the rise of portable computers, the Cloud and bespoke CRM tools, equipment costs have become one workplace woe with its bite taken out. Now, bring your own device (BYOD) rules the modern office, and Cloud-based bespoke CRMs mean businesses don’t need to buy physical servers or software to work efficiently – a huge cost saving!
Whilst there are still challenges being faced in the workplace, solutions are thankfully being developed almost as quickly. With technology on our side, small businesses are better equipped than ever before to overcome their woes – so what are you waiting for? Get problem solving!