Spend Longer in The Zone

Effective workplace technology can ‘help employees to spend longer in the zone’ says new research

Digital technology that helps employees achieve optimal performance could increase productivity significantly, according to new research commissioned by Konica Minolta.

The report, “The Digital Workplace Initiative,” outlines how small distractions, aging hardware, clunky software and rigid workplaces all add up to lost productivity for UK businesses.

Dave Jones, Enterprise Content Management Marketing Manager (ECM) at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK, said “We know rows of static desks are going the way of the VHS video recorder. The way people, devices and workspaces interact is changing, fast. And improving the way that these pieces interact together, can bring significant dividends to UK businesses”.

The findings of the report are based on the results of a survey of 100 senior IT decision makers and 1,000 office workers (conducted at the start and the end of 2016).

According to employees, the main barriers to maintaining peak performance are interruptions, computer problems and problems accessing data when working away from their desks.

These barriers can be overcome by investing in digital solutions or Digital Workplace Initiatives (DWI) to change how technology, people and the workplace interact.

The research suggests that by the end of last year, finding ways to encourage employees to reach peak productivity was the single biggest driver to implement DWIs and quickly:

  • Nearly three quarters of respondents said that the strongest driver for implementing a DWI was increasing employee productivity, both inside and outside the office, followed by reducing costs
  • By the end of 2016, some 89% of businesses surveyed had invested in a Digital Workplace Initiative and the amounts being invested are colossal
  • The average amount UK firms invested in Digital Workplace Initiatives (DWI) tripled between the start and end of 2016, from £958,824 to £3,229,167. Nearly half of IT decision makers expect to see a return on investment (ROI) within three years

The top three DWI projects were “enabling effective mobile working”, “enabling effective remote working” and “improving collaborative working technology”.

Francis Thornhill, Head of Marketing from Konica Minolta commented “Improving access to information, integrating systems and using technology as the catalyst for improved performance should be at the top of every CEOs to-do list.”

Speak to Collate Business Systems today, an Authorised Partner of Konica Minolta, to see how you can improve your workforce efficiency and ultimately save on costs. To request the full report which was commissioned by Konica Minolta, contact hello@collate.co.uk.