If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the businesses that modernize best are most likely to thrive in a changing world. With Zoom and Slack helping them communicate and online teams already collaborating remotely on all of their work, such firms have tempered the worst of the pandemic and its economic consequences. Now it’s time for you to get your business up to speed – even if you believe that you’re running a modern firm already. After all, the most optimal, most efficient business will conquer its rivals – and you want that to be you and your team. Here’s how you’ll do it.
Lead by Example
There’s little point in persuading your team to learn how to use new software and programs if you’re unable to work with it yourself. Not only that, but you’ll lose credibility as a leader if you’re unable to show you’re proficient in the kind of modern technology that you’re urging your teams to take up. As such, you should lead by example and take some training in some key IT fields.
Taking cloud computing training, for instance, will help expose you to all of the benefits that can be reaped from upgrading fully to cloud-based services. Such training programs will also help you spot where your firm can upgrade, and they’ll help you discuss IT ideas with your IT team.
Watch Your Competition
Another simple way to see if you’re lagging behind the competition is to actively check what they’re up to. That’s easier than ever in the digital age when you can simply head over to their website to see what changes they’re making to their product, services, or even the website itself. Look out especially for:
- New digital offerings that your firm don’t yet offer
- Stylistic upgrades that leave your brand and your website looking older and shabbier
- New pricing structures that might reflect a change of direction or new efficiencies
- Announcements and press releases about what’s happening internally for the company
All of these clues will provide you with a view of what your market is doing to modernize. If you see that you’re lagging in any way, it’s a sure sign that you’ll need to lead your firm into a more modern future.
Ultimately, your firm will need to lose administrative staff in favor of IT staff as it modernizes. That’s because administrative staff is largely redundant in the modern workplace, with advance automated software swiftly replacing them. Remember that you will still need skilled computer maestros, and they can be found easily on the job market.
What you’re looking for specifically are people who’ve worked on IT transformation before. You’re trying to find individuals who have already helped other companies modernize so that they can hit the ground running with their thoughts and ideas to make your company more efficient. Hiring can take time, but it’s well worth the energy and cash you spend on it, seeing as you’ll be bringing real digital talent into your team.
Modernize your workforce and the way your business operates with these quick tips, designed to get your first well and truly updated in time for 2022.