Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Banning Email After Business Hours

Great article in the Harvard Business Review on whether employers should ban email after hours.
Having technology at our fingertips to access email 24/7 means many people find it tempting to check emails in their down, family or recharge time in an effort to remain "in control".

Reality is, as soon as you deal with what's there, more comes in.

This article explores the importance of understanding why we use mobile technology.

Harvard Business Review

My thoughts? 

For too long technology designed to increase productivity has been used without any guidance. 
The result, rather than save time, more work is created and the lines between personal and business are blurred.

Now, I'm not suggesting every new piece of technology needs a rule book, but I am suggesting we stop applying our own assumptions around expectations of responsiveness, access and availability and expecting others to comply. 

We don't need disconnect, we simply need to be more strategic and work more strategically with the technology we already have.

Love to know your thoughts....

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Should Businesses Plan to hire More in Next Three Months?

Credit Reporting body Dun & Bradstreet recently released Q2 2014 Business Expectations Survey Results indicating more businesses plan to hire staff in the next three months.

I wonder if this is a reactionary approach businesses take in response to increased workloads and pressure from government, unions and the like to create more jobs??

I believe before organisations simply recruit for more staff, they need to take a good long look at internal process improvement.  Common technology such as Microsoft Office and Open Office, offer organisations the ability to automate and streamline documentation within the business, thereby reducing risk and unlocking hours of capacity shrouded by manual activity.

In some cases a review and a solution to streamline systems and processes can save businesses the cost of one or more staff members immediately.

Surely this is worth consideration given when the tough times come, there is no shortage of organisations willing to cut staff and outsource in an effort to reduce costs and increase shareholder profits.

Just another perspective....

Read the full survey here

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have You Bought Into the Technology Myth?


What is The Technology Myth?


The Technology Myth is simply a belief that adding new technology such as software or hardware to an organisation on its own holds the magic key to unlocking productivity in the business and opens the floodgates to increased profits.

Reality is this is far from the truth.

Although a majority of society would view the latest diet or weight loss supplement with an air of skepticism, the same doesn’t apply to technology.

On a consulting assignment with an organisation we were asked to “train staff” in how to use new video conferencing technology. 

 To determine the scope we had to offer a solution, one of the first questions we asked was “have you allocated a budget to train staff in how to use the new system?” 

The answer was a bewildered “No”. 

How much had they spent on their video conferencing solution? 

A$10 million but not a dollar had been allocated to train staff to enable the business case “savings” to be converted to reality!

Organisations regularly buy into the myth of the value technology adds to business without truly questioning whether its implementation will deliver one of the following four key objectives:

1.       Will it reduce risk?
2.       Will it increase profit or profitability?
3.       Will it make doing business easier?
4.     Will it deliver a competitive advantage?
 
If it doesn't achieve one or more of these...my suggestion, pass...
 
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Clean Out Your Inbox Week!

Fantastic productivity initiative by Steuart Snooks, Marsha Egan & Monica Seeley - Clean Out Your Inbox Week.

My take on it is covered here in Day 1


Want tips and shortcuts to increase your productivity with technology?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Donald Trump's Take on Technology

What a great short interview on CNN Money where Piers Morgan interviews Donald Trump on a range of topics including his take on email and cell phones.

Watch the clip here