We can all agree that technology has improved our lives. And in business, the effect has never been as clearer. Technology is such a game-changer that companies always allot a certain part of their budget in technological investments.
Like all things in the world, however, there are negative effects that come with the good things brought by business technology. Of course, the positive effects outweigh the bad, but it is still something that you should be aware of as a business owner so you can implement counter measures.
To give you an idea, here are some of the disadvantages of business technology:
One of the advantages of business technology is that it can make business operations more efficient. Tasks are finished faster and some jobs are now automated. As a result, machines and software solutions are able to perform the jobs of multiple people. That is great for the company but not for the employees. With technology doing their job for them, they become unnecessary to companies.
Though it is not you responsibility, these employees can use your help. You can redefine their roles in the company instead of firing them or provide them with training to upgrade their skills or give them new ones.
Technology has made the world smaller by making it easier to communicate from anywhere on the globe. You have email like YahooMail and Gmail, messenger tools like YM, free VoIP service like Skype and company phones like RingCentral. As a result, the normal working environment is shattered. Employees are now able to connect to their respective companies from their homes.
However, the more people communicate online, the more they are disconnected off it. Some people now interact almost exclusively online and their social skills are suffering from it. Personal interactions become rare and people can be zombie-like after spending hours in front of the computer.
What you can do as the employer is create opportunities for your employees to bond and interact. Organize a team building event; invite them for a picnic or a barbecue. There are a lot of options as long as it is not within sight of a computer.
As said above, business technology is able to automate complicated tasks so that it can be done faster by fewer people. The problem arises when that technology breaks down and you and your team are left to your own devices. Will you be able to perform the task without the aid of technology?
The problem with automation is that people becomes too reliant on the technology that they do not bother to learn how to do the task manually. As a result, when the technology goes down, it takes the whole business operations with it.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure that your employees are prepared for the possible break down of your tools. Make sure that even before using the automation tools, you employees are able to do their tasks manually.
These are just some of the disadvantages of business technology. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to counter its bad effect on you and your team.