REDD’s Top 5 Workplace Productivity Hacks for 2024
In the dynamic landscape of the business world, productivity is the heartbeat that keeps companies thriving. As we dive into 2024, the challenges and opportunities in the realm of workplace productivity are more prominent than ever. To shed light on this, we sat down with Lee Stevens, Principal Consultant of Advisory at REDD to discuss innovative workplace productivity hacks and the changing face of digital transformation.
Understanding Workplace Productivity
Before we explore the hacks, let’s define workplace productivity. According to Lee, it’s about working smarter, not harder. Many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, struggle with productivity issues, where people invest more hours but produce less. REDD’s approach is centered on business objectives, focusing on understanding aspirations and challenges before integrating technology solutions.
- Identifying Key Challenges: Distraction, the arch-nemesis of productivity, plagues businesses worldwide. On average, an information worker gets distracted every three minutes, and the incessant use of smartphones, on average 58 times a day, only exacerbates the problem. Additionally, the persistence of paper-based processes poses a significant hurdle. REDD’s strategy involves digitising and automating tasks, including those involving paper, to streamline operations.
- Boosting Individual Productivity: For managers seeking to enhance productivity, a key strategy involves scrutinising existing processes. Identifying bottlenecks and addressing inefficiencies in high-volume processes can yield substantial gains. Often, departments grapple with two or three critical issues that seem overwhelming; tackling these can significantly boost overall productivity.
- The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI, or artificial intelligence, is a buzzword in today’s tech landscape. However, Lee notes that many businesses aren’t fully prepared for AI due to a lack of data readiness. Leveraging AI effectively requires clean, accessible data. To prepare for AI, companies need to invest in organising and centralising their data, possibly through data warehouses with automated data capture.
- Trends in Technology and Automation: Forms and workflows take centre stage in current technological trends. Capturing data seamlessly, particularly within the Microsoft Technology Stack, has become more accessible. The ability to create forms quickly and integrate workflows allows businesses to efficiently manage and analyse data, ultimately improving decision-making processes.
- Recognising the Need for Digital Transformation: Lee suggests three indicators that a business may need digital transformation are customer demands, supplier relationships, and employee experiences. By assessing what customers need, streamlining interactions with suppliers, and enhancing the day-to-day experience for employees, businesses can pinpoint areas for improvement.
In conclusion, as we navigate the landscape of workplace productivity in 2024, we recommend businesses must adopt a strategic and holistic approach. REDD’s business-focused methodology and emphasis on practical solutions position us leaders in the field, ensuring that technology aligns seamlessly with the unique challenges and goals of each organisation. As we move forward, the key to success lies in working smarter, embracing innovation, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
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