Tech additions to your office may seem like a smart, yet, optional move, however, in the 21st century, reluctance to embrace them may end up costing more than heavily investing in them. Each of these gadgets, appliances and trends drives your company’s productivity forward, which provides your entire organization with some quite beneficial side-effects. With that in mind, here are five must have tech additions for your office.
The first tech addition that you can make in your office is to provide everyone with a dual-screens option. Regardless of what they do in the office, they could probably benefit from having one more display. For coders and designers, the advantages are more than obvious, yet, even copywriters and content writers can benefit from this, too. Imagine not having to alt-tab every minute in order to take another glance at the resource that you’re using for an article in question. Sure, you may argue that, this way, you save but a several seconds at a time, however, try to consider how often you repeat this action. This alone should be more than enough to show you just how big of a time-save this can turn into.
High-end conference room
One statistic claims that an average person spends about 31 hours in various office meetings each month (62 meetings on average, 30 minutes each). While a lot of this may be seen as necessary, the bulk of these meetings could be replaced with standing meetings and circular emails. Also, more important announcements should be made as efficient as possible and one of the ways to do so is to make more efficient presentations. For this, what you need is a presentation-oriented conference room. This means that, for starters, you need a quality screen, as well as experts in mounting TV on wall. Also, if you aim to make video presentation, investing in a quality surround system might be a great idea.
Automating the maintenance of your office can make a huge difference in productivity. Think about it, watering a plant isn’t a time-consuming action, however, when is an average office worker supposed to perform this office chore. Should they arrive earlier to work or stay a tad later? In both cases they would feel as if they are not being paid for this extra time invested. If they were to do this chore during their work hours, they would have to take a break from their core tasks in order to do it. Sometimes, in case of creatives, this could even lead to a loss of inspiration. With self-watering planters, this can be avoided in a simple and elegant manner. Same goes for robot vacuum cleaners, smart thermostat and other similar devices.
Even though keeping confidential information in cloud is much simpler, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a couple of external 4TB HDDs laying around the office. You can use them to keep backups and copies of relevant data in a scenario where your office goes offline. Needless to say, this kind of anti-downtime measure of precaution can turn out to be a massive boost in productivity for your team. Due to the fact that you don’t need a HDD per employee, you can do so on a budget quite easily.
Arcade for a breakroom
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In theory, having your staff work longer gives you a boost in productivity. After all, it’s only logical that one can do more in 4 hours than they can in 3 hours and 30 minutes. Still, working uninterrupted for several hours will cause one to undergo a productivity drop. This is why breaks are important. However, they’re not all that matters. Namely, the quality of break counts as well, so providing your team with a table soccer, pinball machine or an arcade for a breakroom may be quite efficient. These are just some of the break room ideas that you might want to try out.
The last thing you should consider is the fact that outright productivity isn’t all that you receive this way. Working in a high-tech office is an important thing for most millennials, which is why most of the above-listed trends might also boost your talent retention. This alone should be a reason to go for them.
Author Bio: Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper. Twitter / Facebook.