Is Your Technology Working for Your Team?

on November 7, 2012
Digital Tools in the Workplace

Is your technology working for your team as much as your team is working for you? If you have any doubt that the lines between your team’s personal and professional lives are being seriously blurred – if not erased altogether – consider these recent statistics:

  • The average worker checks email on his/her mobile device just over 20 times per day;
  • The “constant connection” enabled by mobile devices is yielding an average of two additional work hours per worker per day;
  • On an annual basis, this “constant connection” habit is producing an average of 460 additional work hours per worker.

Call it a workaholic mentality.  Call it our “new normal” of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a constant connection economy. Call it unpaid overtime.  Call it a commitment to our larger cause as a team and organization to be better than our competition.  Whatever you call it, the times they are a-changin’.  And it would seem that a little quid pro quo is in order here. So with companies now spending a sum total of nearly $1.3 trillion annually to arm their workers with mobile devices; there are almost 350 million smart phones wandering the halls of our offices nationwide and tablet shipments are nearing 200 million units by 2013 – there’s one question (OK, maybe two) organizations need to constantly ask themselves:  Are we making technology work for our team? and Are we making it easy?

A quick hint:  The answer doesn’t lie with simply investing in the devices themselves – but rather in the ecosystem you build to make them work well for the people doing great things for you. Hardware might be winning the battle(s) for now, but SOFTWARE is likely going to win the war in the long term. Another quick hint:  If you don’t know the answers to these two questions, ask your team.


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