We all wish we were more effective, but few of us really take the time to learn ways to accomplish this goal. Try these strategies. You might gain back an hour or more of your day like I did.
All organizations share a common goal: to improve efficiency. When your company is more efficient, it delivers products faster, provides better customer service, and gives a better return on investment.
But too many companies are convinced that boosting efficiency will take some paradigm shift, assuming that without a significant change, there won't be any marked improvement. The fact is, you don't need some sweeping change, a major culture shift, or anything hugely disruptive to become more efficient. A simple strategy change can make all the difference.
Topics: Office Efficiency
Business owners everywhere are very concerned with one number: return on investment. When you're focused on growing your business and making your product profitable, every cent counts and every investment needs to pan out.
That's why many companies are understandably hesitant to spend money on services. Many choose a DIY approach that seems to save money in the short term, making budgets appear more balanced. But when more often than not, these DIY solutions are a money drain that can be hard to recognize. Information technology is just one of these areas where professional management is vital. Here's why.
Topics: Quality IT Support
There are plenty of reasons why businesses shy away from a good solution like document management, but all of the reasons typically come down to a lack of information. When companies understand how document management can improve their internal processes and bring their workflows into the 21st century, they often choose to implement quickly. Here are a few of the myths we encounter about document management, as well as the truth.
Topics: Document Management
Some professionals mistake busyness for productivity when nothing could be further from the truth. Making a whole list of "busy work" may make you feel accomplished, but it can be incredibly unproductive and often is. Meetings, emails, and simple tasks are often bread-and-butter of the typical day in the office, but these tasks can obscure crucial other opportunities. Here are a few ways you can revolutionize your daily productivity, all backed up by experts and research.
Last week, we discussed the potential benefits to be earned from implementing a print strategy in your business, including lowering your overall costs, managing print output, better environmental outcomes, and less burden on your IT staff. These benefits are often what attracts companies to developing a print strategy. If these advantages are appealing to you, it's time to get serious about implementing a print strategy in your business.
It doesn't matter what industry you're in; you rely heavily on documents. Documents are a key driver in business processes, keeping information secure, easy to access, and simple to share. But documents aren't only a benefit to the modern business; they're also a burden. Estimates suggest that document production consumes between 1-3% of an average company's annual revenue, and this cost is steadily growing.
Topics: Print Strategy
Awesome, you're back from spring break or your family vacation! Welcome to work. Here are 348 emails to respond to. They're all marked "urgent." Good luck!
Sound familiar? The grind of the daily email inbox woes is a typical experience for modern workers; we often email rather than walking down the hall to get a question answered. Email isn't always the most efficient mode of communication, but besides texting, it's probably the most popular. It's tempting to declare email bankruptcy and just erase all those unread emails—but that's not a real-world solution. Here are a few solutions that could help you dig out of the mess and stay on top.
Many IT directors, administrators, and facilities managers have heard of managed print services. Managed print service (MPS) providers will take over the management of your print fleet and handle all maintenance issues. Sounds great right? Well...
Topics: Tech Assessment
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