Busy or productive? A 3 step guide to increased productivity

Busy or productive? A 3 step guide to increased productivity


We can all relate to being busy.  But it raises the question of how all the busy-ness is translating into results?

Consider your own job KPIs.  How much time each day are you really spending working toward these?  Often the answer will be, “Not enough.”  As job KPIs are tied to desired business outcomes, if this lack of focus is replicated across the business, there’s no way that goals are going to be reached.  You can’t add hours to the day but technology could help your business be more productive.

  1. Choose the right tools

    Generally speaking, manual processes equals added cost.  Look for areas that can be automated and allow your skilled workforce to focus on the “real” work. Succinctly, as an ALPMA guest blogger posted, “if a process is repeatable (i.e. done more than once), it can be automated.”

  2. Choose a technology partner that can offer a solution that suits your requirements

    A classic example where one-size-fits-all simply doesn’t work.  There’s no point looking for a technology solution in a store like Kmart or even a designer boutique, you need a bespoke tailor who can assess your business need and build your solution from the best components available.

  3. Consolidate

    It’s not uncommon to have duplicate systems for the same purpose. There’s no time like the present to eliminate legacy systems and processes to deliver dual benefits – reduced cost and increased business performance due to streamlined processes.  Also consider what systems and applications are in place – if they are disconnected, there is room to select from best-of-breed products and services to create an integrated approach with real impact on business efficiency. You may also find you already have the right tools in place for new initiatives, but they may not currently be managed to their full potential.  As it turns out, many companies own multiple tools for information access and delivery. There is often a struggle, however, with the correct way to use them, how to deploy them in the organization, and how to foster adoption.