10 Things That Slaughter Productivity In Your Office
That’s the sound of sheer anguish heard from every growing business
We’ve all heard it.
It’s the sound of your people running smack into an invisible wall that keeps them from just doing their jobs.
Most of these obstacles are caused by technology.
Or rather technology that’s out of sync with your people.
That just don’t work.
Let’s look at a few of them.
(You’ll thank us later.)
1. The teleconference black hole.
Harendra is trying to dial in.
Susie got the code wrong so she emailed Harry.
Gregor is on the wrong bridge.
Frank is getting that debilitating echo.
Erika’s made a great point (shame she’s on mute).
Find a way to recover all the time wasted trying to get a teleconference going and you could give everyone two weeks off.
2. WiFi Down!
Cut your phone lines and nobody notices.
Turn off WiFi and chaos reigns.
And normality will not be restored until George does that thing to the router (that only he knows how to do).
3. Mobile print fail.
Email Scott the pitch deck to print out before the meeting.
Scott’s at lunch.
How about Shari? Or Duane?
Shari doesn’t have PowerPoint. Duane doesn’t have Dropbox.
I hate my life.
Good news: everyone has the latest smartphones and tablets.
Bad news: no one can actually print from them.
Because the printer doesn’t support mobile.
4. Going large screen. Or not.
Hey – can you find Kristina?
The screen in the big meeting room isn’t recognizing the laptop.
The guy who installed it showed you how easy it was to operate.
The guy lied.
5. The downtime downer
Server down. Printer down. Network down.
Mouse out of batteries. Phones on the fritz…
You’d be shocked if you knew how much money ‘normal’ downtime costs your business.
But since it collects in little puddles here and there, it all seems okay.
6. Error messages
“Needs servicing” “Error 2212” “Unable to Reset”
Nothing infuriates your people more than the cryptic, completely inexplicable error message that stops them in their tracks.
7. Resource bottleneck.
I can’t print it yet. Clark is printing a 90-page proposal. In full color. Duplex.
Surely there’s some way to sneak a tiny print job in the middle of a long one…
(Like the guy in the supermarket line who’s only buying one cucumber.)
My PC crashed. I just lost an hour’s work.
I will never, ever get that hour back.
Losing work to a crash is one of the biggest frustrations business has to offer.
We’ve all been there.
9. Scheduling insanity.
Synchronizing calendars manually for a meeting that eight people MUST attend. Or a sharp stick in the eye. Tough choice.
Meetings can be a waste of time. Scheduling them almost always is.
10. Email trails.
That email thread that lasted 3 months and still hasn’t come to a resolution?
Waiting 8 hours for Sarah in Berlin to wake up so she can reply?
Copying in the whole company just in case?
Email may well be the greatest productivity drain ever invented.
Why can’t things just work?
Every office is plagued by small frustrations.
But small challenges add up.
And drag your people down.
In short: even your smallest tech choices matter way more than you think.
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