Businesses often invest a large portion of their investment money on technology. This is because technology reduces the stress of everyday tasks and makes it easier for employees to work. If we didn’t have things like word processors to help us write documents, we’d probably be using a typewriter or even worse, pen and paper.
Businesses choose technology based on a number of factors. For instance, an office that focuses on video production will need cameras, lights, and powerful computers to run video editing software such as Adobe Premiere. A regular office, however, will only need some low-spec computers, an internet network and perhaps some networked attached storage devices to store documents.
No matter what technology your business invests in, it’s never a bad idea to look after those investments. A broken computer is going to set your company back a couple of hours or even days of work, and something like a faulty router will prevent your office getting an internet connection which will severely affect your workflow. Regardless of what technology you have, here is a couple of ways to look after it.
Devices like computers and network routers need routine maintenance to ensure they are working correctly. This is usually done by a technology administrator, but it can also be taught to your employees with a basic computer hardware lesson. By diagnosing issues early, you can replace or fix the hardware before it breaks or becomes a problem.
For hardware such as a keyboard or mouse, it’s a good idea to have backups so that if a keyboard does break, you can continue working with a spare. This also counts for laptops and computer components. If a RAM stick inside of a computer develops a fault, you can replace it with a cheap equivalent and continue working or wait several hours or days for a replacement to come.
You can use technology to keep technology safe. For example, if you have a fleet of iPhones that you hand out to your employees for them to use, an iPhone tracker will help you keep track of where those phones are in case they are lost, misplaced or stolen. You can track these phones using an online interface, and they are tracked using the GPS of the phone which can be extremely accurate.
Computers and devices aren’t invincible. If you smash a keyboard, drop a phone or sit on a tablet, chances are you’re going to break it. When people throw around their devices and don’t treat them properly, it can end up causing a lot of damage to the device and it makes it even worse if you’re the business owner paying for them and your employees are the ones ruining them. Outside of fining them for breaking your company devices, you can teach them how to properly handle and use technology if you want to look after your investments. It also helps to invest in protection for your devices, such as drop-resistant cases and screen protectors.