The UK workplace has been in flux since the pandemic. There are more remote and hybrid offices than ever before. More businesses have incorporated flexible working hours and four-day weeks. Through all this, businesses are looking for new and innovative ways of making sure their employees are productive and engaged. The question is “What are the benefits of Smart technologyfor SMEs in these circumstances”?
Can the development and evolutionary improvement of smart technology help your business? Even if your business requires your staff to attend your offices, there could be opportunities for your business to leverage smart technology.
The following is a blog that we are reproducing courtesy of KEBA Computers Ltd., (www.kebacomputers.co.uk) which we think will be of interest to many of our SME contacts. As you will see, it takes an analytical approach to whether smart technology can improve your business.
Firstly – What is smart technology?
Smart technology refers to devices and systems that are connected to the internet and can collect and exchange data. This includes things like:
Your smart speaker
Smart lights and smart plugs
How can smart technology improve work?
Smart technology wouldn’t be very smart if it didn’t work towards making your office or home more efficient. Smart technology aims to improve your energy efficiency, productivity, &/or engagement. Thus there are a number of ways that smart tech is designed to improve work in your business. Here are a few examples:
Boost productivity: Smart devices can automate tasks, such as booking meeting rooms or adjusting the temperature. This can free up employees’ time to focus on more important work.
Improve communication and collaboration: Smart tools can make it easier for employees to connect with each other. This is regardless of where they are located. For example, video conferencing tools can be used to hold meetings with remote colleagues. Instant messaging apps can be used to keep everyone up to date on projects.
Create a more comfortable and healthy work environment: Smart devices can be used to adjust things like the temperature, air quality, and lighting. This will create a more comfortable and healthy work environment for employees.
Collect data and insights: Smart devices collect data about how employees are using the office. Such data can be used to improve the layout of the office and make it more efficient.
What are the challenges of using smart technology in the office?
Smart tech is still evolving. In some ways, it is still in its infancy. This means that smart technology could be made smarter and more intuitive. There are a few challenges that businesses should consider before implementing smart technology in their office. These include:
Cost: Smart devices can be expensive. Businesses need to make sure that they will get a good return on their investment.
Security: Smart devices collect a lot of data, so businesses need to make sure that this data is secure. Cybersecurity considerations need to be made before setting everyone up with their own Alexa.
Privacy: Employees may be concerned about their privacy. This is especially so if their movements and activities are being tracked by smart devices.
Change management: Introducing new technology can be disruptive. Businesses need to make sure that they have a flexible management plan in place.
Leveraging the potential for improvement
Overall, smart technology has the potential to improve work in the office in several ways. However, it is important to weigh the benefits and challenges carefully before deciding whether to implement it.
What do you think? Do you think smart technology can improve work in your office? To discuss the benefits of ‘Smart Technology’ and its possible benefits to your business call Neil and the Team at KEBA Computers on 01327 300311 or e-mail email@example.com . They will be happy to help you with any IT related matters. If, however, what you need is help with raising finance to purchase smart technology then call us at BFS.