Many things go into keeping your business moving forward in the market. You make a lot of changes and updates on a regular basis: choosing new software, considering new opportunities, and finding new ways to move forward in a highly digital market. There's one area, however, where you may not be paying as much attention as you could: your laptops. They're still functioning, and it appears well enough. Employees are still (mostly) able to complete their daily job responsibilities without too much hassle. Unfortunately, those old laptops may be holding your business back substantially. Perhaps you have been putting off that critical update because you're worried that you can't afford it, or you've been putting it off based on the idea that it can wait "a little longer." Now is the time to update your equipment, improve your technology, and see just how much of a difference new laptops can make for your company.
Reason #1: Old PCs Require More MaintenanceOn average, PCs that are more than 4 years old require more than 1.5x the cost to handle annual maintenance and repairs, averaging as much as $426 per year in maintenance costs. If you're running a hundred outdated laptops--or more--across your company, the financial difference can add up quickly! Not only do you have to take care of repairs, but they're keeping your IT team busy handling them when they could be handling other tasks, whether that's rolling out your latest software update or taking care of crucial user issues. When you opt to replace your outdated laptops regularly, on the other hand, they'll keep running smoothly, require less maintenance, and free up your IT team to take care of other strategic tasks.
Reason #2: Old PCs Decrease ProductivityIn general, when your laptops are more than four years old, they can more than double the amount of employee productivity that's lost each year. Overall, this can lead to an average of around $1,260 per year in lost productivity--and that number only increases along with the age of your laptops. When computer equipment isn't functioning correctly, employees are forced to deal with it rather than handling their usual job tasks. Not only that, their frustration levels increase, often leading to the need to take breaks. Some employees are unable to work at all while their computers are out of commission, while others may find their regular processes significantly slowed. Updated computers, on the other hand, keep employees moving smoothly through their daily tasks, allowing them to get in the zone and stay there as they shoot through the things they need to accomplish each day.
Reason #3: New Operating Systems Offer Significantly Better PerformanceThe average Windows 10 device creates up to 2.5 times better performance and up to three times longer battery life than a PC that's just five years old. This means that everything your employees do is faster, whether it's logging online to check their email, interacting with an app, or handling a programming challenge. Being able to work longer off of battery also means that employees are better able to work no matter where they are, whether hanging out in an airport while waiting for a flight, taking care of job tasks on the plane itself, or merely sitting in a coffee shop getting in a little work after hours.
Reason #4: Old PCs Lack Security ProtectionsModern PCs are designed with security protection in mind. Cybersecurity has become increasingly important over the last five years, and no matter how carefully you've updated your antivirus software, you may not have enough protection for your devices if you're still using an older model PC. Modern PCs, on the other hand, are designed to protect against botnets and rootkits, preventing malware from taking over the boot process. This simple change can go a long way toward securing your business and providing increased protection for employees and customers alike--and that increased security can save your company a significant amount of money.
Reason #5: Technology Impacts Employee Retention and Success75% of workers feel that their employers aren't giving them access to the latest technology--and without access to that technology, they may be unable to perform their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible. 2 out of 5 employees admit that they would quit their jobs over poor workplace technology. If you're using outdated PCs, you may be losing employees as your technology ages. Old technology creates a poor working environment and leads to higher levels of employee stress. Updating your technology, on the other hand, can significantly transform your working environment.
Reason #6: Technology Transforms Employee EngagementTechnology can have a significant impact on productivity across your workplace. It helps engage employees who might otherwise be struggling with inferior technology. Employee engagement also transforms productivity and makes it easier for employees to get their jobs done. Among teams with high employee engagement, productivity increases by around 21%. That can mean a significant increase in your overall profits: you're able to accomplish more work with the same number of employees with a simple increase in the equipment they have available.
If you're still using outdated technology, on the other hand, you may find that it's increasingly difficult to maintain employee engagement across your organisation and that your profits suffer as a result.
If you've been using outdated technology throughout your business, it's time to update your PCs and experience all the benefits that go along with it. If you need more help with discovering what you need to make your business more successful, contact us today. We'll work with you to establish the technology that your business needs most to effectively improve employee engagement, increase employee retention, improve performance across your devices, and increase your business's security. One little upgrade can make a big difference for your business as a whole--and it's well worth the overall investment.