The Internet has provided a revolutionary resource for improving the way businesses function. So how can you utilize these resources to become a tech-savvy manager?
The good news is that a lot of these resources are either free or money-saving in the long run as they streamline time consuming processes. We take a look at some tech-related trends and where to find the tools that will be useful for you. Read on to accelerate your digital learning journey and become the next tech-savvy leader.
Job Management Software
If your company has multiple employees and operates in a way where new jobs could be added at any time, you might want to have a look at job management software. This will help you keep on top of scheduling and managing employees whilst saving time and working more efficiently. With job management software like Okappy, jobs can be logged on-the-go and in real-time across various devices. Job management software also allows you to keep a secure digital archive of all jobs inputted on the system. This helps you to track processes and extract data on a variety of things.
Digital Accounting Systems
Good job management software can also be linked to accounting software such as Xero. This online bookkeeping system allows you to run your business from anywhere. Invoices are sent, received and updated much faster, making managing finances much less hassle. Xero also provides you with an up to date cash-flow report so you will know how your business is doing financially with daily credit card and bank account updates.
E-learning (aka learning online) is more time-saving, environmentally friendly and cost-effective than traditional classroom-based learning. Blended learning is a student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments. Implementing E-learning and blended learning courses into your business will accelerate the training process. As your you and employees build upon your skillset, your business is in a better position to flourish. E-learning tools can also provide companies with flexible options for training to suit the needs of a diverse range of employees and time-constraints. E-learning training programs can also be a key part of your business growth strategy.
IoT in the Workplace
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the inter-networking of devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, sensors and network connectivity that allow these objects to collect and exchange data. You may have heard of “smart devices”, well how about a “smart workplace”?
Reactive heat and light sensors connected to air conditioning and lighting can be used to optimize the working conditions of the office in real-time; thereby increasing productivity of employees. Smart locks, CCTV video-streams and motion sensors can be connected to a smartphone to improve the security controls of a workplace.
Connected products can also be used to analyze data and identify inefficiencies. For example, Disneyland have started to replace traditional tickets with smart bracelets that serve both as a pass for the park and a payment method. This allows them to track customer’s spending habits, movement and wait times for rides. This data can then be analyzed by park managers and used to control traffic and develop targeted marketing campaigns.
Technology has revolutionized the way businesses are operated. Job management software, digital accounting systems, E-learning options and more smart devices can really help accelerate business growth and improve your professional work environment.
Implement some of these options into the workspace and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a tech-savvy manager.
Author: I believe business can be a force for good, but all too often work ends up being painful as companies are overloaded with admin, paperwork and masses of emails. My mission is to improve the working lives of construction companies, giving them complete control of every job every step of the way and have some fun!