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Office Technology and Productivity

Companies invest a lot of money in the latest office technology with the hopes of creating a faster, more productive workforce. But technology is nothing more than what we do with it:

“Tech trends are less about what gadgets do, and instead, how the general public puts them to use. In the same way, how office technology impacts the workplace doesn’t hinge on the make or model of the devices and equipment in question, but rather on how employees receive them. These items don’t come with efficiency or cost-effectiveness built in.”

At this point, high tech devices are integrated into our workforce and our reliance on them will only continue to grow, but some people are beginning to wonder if high tech devices tamper with productivity rather than enhance it.

Diane Hoskins, co-CEO of design firm Gensler, is among the many questioning how workplace technology is impacting job performance. Her firm created a study; she looked at employees in terms of how, when and where they work. She discovered that working in an environment with open-ended options is directly linked to productivity and innovation. Give an employee the ability to open a video game instead of Excel on a tablet, and he or she will be more productive than an employee who is being micromanaged.

With this information on hand, employers hoping to lessen office distractions need to make sure that they do so in a way that doesn’t limit the employee’s choices.

Here at Tangram we work with costumers to create an environment that can foster creativity, collaboration, and productivity in the workplace. To learn more about what we can do for you, please contact us.