It doesn’t matter how great your ideas are or how talented your staff are: if you don’t have the tools to make sure they’re able to be implemented, your business will struggle. Many valuable man hours are lost each year all because of slow or ineffective technology, and it’s costing businesses across the United States many millions of dollars. Can you afford to lose valuable revenue all because of a problem that is preventable? If your technology is making you not as productive as you should be, take a look for the following problems and get yourself back on track.
Upgrade the Hardware
Sometimes the wear and tear of the computers we use can sneak up on us. You should be aiming to replace your computers, printers, and other machines regularly to ensure they’re always in tip top condition and working as effectively as possible. Technology isn’t meant to last forever; just because you bought a new set of computers many years ago doesn’t mean you should expect them to work forever and ever.
Have a Clean Up
That being said, you shouldn’t instantly be looking to replace a slow computer at its first sign of slowness. In all likelihood, it just needs a little TLC. Have a look to check that you don’t have an excessive number of software programs taking up all the space on your computers. If you have programs that you never use, get rid of them. You can always download them again as and when you need them.
Get to the Heart of the Problem
If you use particular programs during the course of your work that are running slowly, then the issue might be with the program rather than your hardware. If you worked with a developer to develop the program, have them take a look at with a java profiler program and see what the issue is. Bugs can crop up unexpectedly and it might just be that there’s a few small issues that need ironing out rather than any one big problem.
Make Sure You Have The Right Settings
You shouldn’t automatically settle for the settings that come pre-installed on your computer, because they might not necessarily be the ones that are right for your workplace. If you’ve bought computers that are also used for personal use then in all likelihood they’re configured under the hood for the benefit of individual users, but business settings. Have a click around and see what can be changed; it might just speed up your operations.
Encourage Good Practices
Ultimately, a computer will only respond to how it is being used, and it’ll be your staff that are using the computers more than anyone else. Ensure that they know that they shouldn’t be downloading large, personal files to the computer and should be shutting it down when it’s not in use. Avoid visiting websites that might be malicious. In the end, if you treat your computer well it’ll work for better and longer than if it’s treated harshly!