Technology is changing the game. It’s changing how firms interact with customers, how services are managed and initiated, and how employees approach their work. On a structural level, it’s paving the way for new modes of operations; removing time-consuming tasks and giving employees the time and faculty to focus on business driving responsibilities. Regardless of your status as a SME or full-blown international company, employing technology is the smartest and quickest way to allocate time, improve services, optimize productivity, and (if all goes well) improve cashflow.
Depending on your department, your goals, or your business model, there’s a host of different SaaS and technology platforms to be utilized.
- For the productivity-conscious CEO
Everyone wants their business to succeed, and managing productivity might seem like a great wait to monitor results and ensure company-wide progress. Accurately assessing the output of one or two employees can be eyeballed – but what about 10? What about 50? The more employees under your belt the harder it is to precisely manually predict your employee’s productivity levels. Certain SaaS can help with that. They can pool information about internet habits, days off, time spent on projects, hours worked, and so on, to give a better overview of your workforce’s pace. With that data, you can optimize your current strategy to promote greater productivity.
- For the HR professional struggling to stay abreast
HR troubles are expected. The first in and the last to go, the image of HR professionals hunched over their desks for 12 hours a day while they manage employee records, call candidates, screen applicants, update company policies, and balance leave requests has become a common sight. Perhaps the profession that is in most dire need of a push away from paper-driven processes, technology is the perfect balm for several HR paint points. With a decent HR software, HR professionals have the ability to automate the majority of these time-consuming tasks. Time-off requests, employee records (especially useful for the UAE, where there’s a throng of different documents and deadlines to meet each year) can be tackled in a streamline, digital fashion. With a dashboard that can be accessed and used by multiple executives coincidently, HR professionals have the capacity to review, access, control and edit a variety of different administrative tasks. With them off the table, they can focus their endeavours on employee benefit schemes, nurturing your company culture, and working towards team-building activities that will unite your workforce and ensure cohesion with your business plans.
- For employees fighting for empowerment
Technology is not just for the decision-makers. Investing in technology that supports employee endeavours, helps streamline their work, and helps them understand their benefits. If you’re thinking of new ways to inspire and delight your employees, get software that enables their work. Slack for easy communication; Invision for your design team to help collectively amend projects; Bayzat for understanding your healthcare plans and insurance needs—all these small extensions are sure to help make your team feel empowered, well taken care of, and well-equipped to handle their tasks.
Who benefits most from technology? Big companies or small?
Naturally, the bigger you are the more technology becomes a prerequisite; a necessity rather than a perk or benefit. Calculating and administering payroll accurately for 500+ people isn’t feasible. C+ employees don’t want to hire an additional 3 or 4 executives to do the job when there’s a cost-effective method through automation. Naturally, this stretches across all departments and divisions – if there’s a way to automate and save time on mundane tasks, it’s incredibly costly for large companies to not pursue these avenues.
That being said, if start-ups and SMEs don’t optimize their resources and strategies, they are going to fail. Technology opens doors – doors that don’t require surplus employees, significant cash, or rigorous training; they are available for any manager or division that needs to allocate more time to business building procedures, rather than wasting valuable hours on repetitive tasks. When every second is vital to the survival of a fledgling company, looking for tech solutions can be one of the smartest strategies to take.