If you’re sat at your office desk right now, it’s likely that you’ll see at least two or three pieces of technology around you. Be it a laptop, a desktop computer, a telephone or tablet, technology rules most workplaces and having devices left, right and centre is the norm in a modern office.

The World Wide Web is a useful tool, there’s no doubt about it; ask our trusty friend Google anything and nine times out of ten, you’ll find the answer you’re looking for. Tablets, laptops and smartphones are the handy portable devices which allow you to switch up your workspace and work on-the-go, promoting happy, healthy and varied working.

While the idea of advanced technology seems great, many UK offices are behind the times with their office tech facilities, leaving office workers uninspired and restricted at work. Is the technology in your office useful? Reliable? Actually any good? Sharp conducted research into European office workers and their relationship with, and thoughts on, their office technology.

While the internet is a wonderful tool, if a single page takes a whole ten minutes to load, you’re better off popping to the library to find a book to answer your Googled question. There’s nothing more annoying than a weak Wi-Fi connection, or problems with internet connectivity in general; inconsistency, slow speed, incompatibility.

An important presentation can include a lot of embarrassment if your PowerPoint presentation or featured video won’t load. And don’t even get me started on wireless printers – connectivity problems are one issue, paper-jams can simply ruin your day.

These problems likely explain why the survey from Sharp revealed that the average office worker gets frustrated by technology three times a day, and around sixteen times over a working week. That’ll be a long time throwing a strop or frantically clicking the screen when your webpage isn’t loading, when, if the technology worked reliably, that time could be spent working and being productive.

32% of workers admitted to pretending a piece of technology was broken simply to avoid using it, and 41% opted for using their own devices over the work-provided ones - while waiting for your internet to load on your desktop computer, you could get the job done quicker on your smartphone, using mobile data to avoid slow Wi-Fi.

Ensuring that technology is appropriate and needed in a workforce is crucial in not only saving money, but ensuring those touch-screen watches aren’t a distraction instead of a valuable tool; get a general consensus on what workers feel they need, or need updating in the technology department to achieve a motivated and successful workforce.

While complex new technology is an exciting addition to an office, if it’s difficult to use, it’s likely to demotivate rather than motivate. With millennials set to make up the majority of the workforce within the next ten years, its important office technology is up-to-date, easy to use and relevant.

See Sharp’s infographic of their research here.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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