I’m sure you’ve seen the post by Justas about the apps that’ll make your life better; it’s a great collection that aid with productivity, health, writing, and so much more. Apps are fantastic in this regard, but I wanted to go a little further (and a bit focused) on products that will make work better for employees.
Whether you’re at a desk, out on the road, in the air or doing your thing – there is great value in the following products no matter what area of work you find yourself in. These will make work easier, bump up that productivity, and provide extra value to your output. Let’s take a look at a few…
Flexible and Comfortable Workspace
Who honestly can say they are able to sit at their workstation for eight hours a day and be productive?
We, humans, are very mobile creatures and our bodies aren’t meant to be hunched in front of a desk or over some piece of work for long hours at a time because it’s going to take a physical and mental toll.
Great workplaces have a few items in common:
- They provide employees with great, ergonomic chairs (for when they do sit);
- They allow employees to create their workspace (so they can feed off their creativity);
- They have fluid layouts of the work area (to encourage collaboration);
- They create seclusions (when employees do need personal time to focus).
The products, to meet these items, are plentiful and truly not that expensive when you consider the health and mental wellbeing of the employees. Just take a look at what some of the biggest offices are using and use that as a launching point for your inventory list for these items.
eSignatures and POS Systems
You’re out there, really wining and dining the potential customer, and things are going great. Out of the blue they agree to the pitch and want to go forward with the business on the spot but uh-oh… you have to deflate the moment and tell them you need to run it by corporate or go back to the shop in order to finish the transaction.
That’s frustrating because the customer may cool off enough between that point that they reassess the deal and go back on their decision… not good for business.
eSignature services (such as with CudaSign.com) will let the employee easily manage the signature of business documents on the fly (can be done on computer, tablet, or phone), and then shoot that document to the appropriate people. Now the employee can sign off on that deal right then and there that will make their job easier and satisfy the customer.
Another great product employees should be given to be empowered are POS systems and mobile card readers so they can complete a transaction using their phone or tablet. Now the employee doesn’t have to do a follow-up hoping the person still wants to do business; they can make the sale right then and there.
Your industry may be making a shift to a paperless environment, but you’ll still run into the daily hard copy. Hard copy is a pain because it needs a dedicated space, becomes tedious when searching for information and simply degrades over time.
A product like the Doxie Go (or one of the many other scanning products) is great for any employee that wants to quickly scan documents and store them on their hard drive or in the cloud. The small form factor means you could easily carry it around or put it way between uses without cluttering your workspace.
This is on the list because it’ll make your file organization easier and more accessible which will naturally lead to less trouble with the hard copy organization (and rush when you need to quickly find information about a client or report).
There are certainly hundreds, if not thousands, of fantastic products that can empower the employee. A combination of great apps (like mentioned in the beginning) along with physical items that remove having to be nailed down to the brick and mortar will naturally give employees more freedom to do their work, creativity in how its conducted, better avenues for improve productivity, and elements of fun so it’s not a drab. These few items were a start… see where you can go from here.
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