From business to business, the same mind set prevails, sadly and surprisingly. It’s that trickle-down computer practice. Managers get the new computers, while their subordinates get the older, ever-slowing hand-me-downs. Imagine, a company already being thrifty with new PC purchases during the good economic times, and now that the market has taken a down turn and the tech budget is smaller than before, the opportunities for replacement machines are the worse!
Managers! Please keep in mind that your employees are likely working on dated, poorly performing machines. If you were to have to spend a solid day working on these PCs, you’d find it totally unacceptable for you. Question is, why must your employees endure this torture? You wouldn’t beat a dead horse, right? I mean, would you? This inevitably impacts the speed and time of their work. And we all know that time = money. How much time (money) is being wasted, waiting for these machines to keep up with their pace, navigating from mouse-click to mouse-click? Not only that but the employees are feeling frustrated, dealing with these machines daily, grinding down their willingness to do little more than the basics, if that. Good luck with them checking their work email.
Let’s not forget that it’s the managers who are there to support their employees, so they may be empowered to do and be their best. Remember, happy employees are productive employees! Enable and empower them in their duties. Fight to satisfy their needs for good, sound working tools of the trade. They will thank you for it and certainly appreciate your efforts, watching out for them. Because, if you don’t care, how can you expect them to care?! Helping them ultimately helps you. Invest in the people and the workplace, they are the company.
The initial cost of new machines for employees will save you far more money than ignoring and allowing the obvious travesty to continue. You and your company will reap what they sow. Don’t let this of all things drag either of you down; honestly. But new computers are too expensive, you say? Well sure, if you don’t have a game plan, just walk into the local retail store; you will always pay for convenience. There are however, many great online retailers, offering far more than what is readily available locally for considerably less cost. More bang for your buck means more bang for your staff, leading to more bang for you company. It’s a win-win-win for everyone!