If you run any scale of business, be it a small office in the centre of London or a multi-site business that spans the nation, smart tech solutions should be on your radar.
As a business owner, it is pivotal to stay in the loop and up to date with the most recent technological developments. You never know when the next bit of smart tech might come out and revolutionise how your business can operate.
But there’s another facet to this technology explosion in that there’s so much tech out there to consider that it can be daunting to know where to start. In this article, we will be covering some of the best smart tech out there to consider for workplace environments.
Smart Tech Solutions For The Workplace
1. State-Of-the-Art Radiators
While this may seem like an odd place to begin talking about smart tech, you’d be surprised at how far radiator and heating technology has come in the past few decades. Gone are the days of rustic old cast iron radiators that needed to be bled just to survive.
In recent years there’s been an explosion of smart radiator technology that has changed the landscape of the heating working environment forever. The options available now can greatly improve heating efficiency while keeping energy costs down – something that’ll expand your profit margin at the end of every month (even if it’s by a small fraction).
Be it thermostatic radiator valves, underfloor heating, or the range of electric heating units flooding the market; you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to upgrading your heating solutions for your workplace environments.
Save energy, save money, and get a radiator that looks amazing!
2. Smart CCTV Technology
Business security is important. If you have invested a lot into equipment, be it workstations like laptops and desktops or even specialist industry equipment, you’re putting a lot on the line by neglecting to invest in security trends and measures.
Even if the building or complex you rent from has its own security system in place for cameras and CCTV, it’s always a good policy to have your own. In this respect, it will give you direct access, and control over any footage that is captured should something untoward occur.
That being said, it is important to notify those who will be on the footage that they are being recorded, and it may not be in your best interest to record employees. External CCTV is a great measure to invest your money in to ensure your investment stays in the right hands.
3. Use PowerLine Adapters
If you run a business in which many devices or machines are connected to a central router for internet access, it may be best to ditch the Wi-Fi and go for cables. Wi-Fi is great when it works but can be susceptible to interference from other Wi-Fi signals. If you are in a business complex, this can cause issues.
A cabled access point is by far the best option and offers you both a reliable and stable connection for digital business. However, running a cable across an office space might not be doable for your situation – it may also pose a trip hazard. The solution? PowerLine adapters.
A PowerLine adapter is a plug extension that essentially turns the internal wall cabling of a property into your ethernet cable (or internet connection cable). This allows computers or devices to connect directly to your router through a combination of plug sockets and ethernet cables.
This sounds complex but essentially cuts out the need to run a ten or 15-metre ethernet cable through an office for every single workstation.
4. Invest In Noise Cancelling Headphones For Employees
This is vital if you run a busy office. Having noise-cancelling headphones for employees is a great idea for a number of reasons. The first (and most obvious) is that it will block out all the office ambience and allow your employees to focus.
A lesser-known benefit is that it can improve audio quality for audio playback. This is great for your employees that schedule and hold regular meetings – be it internal or external.
It is a simple addition that you can make to the workplace that can improve efficiency, employee productivity, and meetings – all with one investment.
5. Consider Using ClickUp
If you run any kind of digital-based business, then project management software is a must. ClickUp is spectacular and comes built-in with a whole host of functions that can manage projects to a granular level (that can be very useful).
While some workplaces will use one, two, or even three or more software to effectively manage projects and workloads, ClickUp has the functionality to handle all of this in one place. Certainly, worth a look!
Technology is great! No doubt about that. However, when considering implementing more tech into your workplace, don’t do it because everyone else is. Only implement tech if it will be, in the long run, useful to you and your employees. Make smart investments, not trendy ones!