The technology we use in the office is constantly evolving and becoming smarter. The new tech being brought out year on year is to ultimately make our work-lives easier and boost our productivity.

We’ve looked at the importance of good office technology previously on 1850 Thoughts, and by ‘good’, we mean reliable, working and useful pieces of equipment which are regularly used in the office. But with further complex advances on your bog-standard laptop or photocopier, could it all become too much, becoming overly time-consuming and unnecessary?  A study from the Henley Business School explored this idea.

Their study revealed that almost 70% of workers asked felt that new technology didn’t help increase their productivity.  In fact, 34% said that new technology brought into the office has actually hindered their productivity.

The reasons for these findings aren’t totally clear, but digital marketing lecturer at Henley, Dr Rodrigo Perez-Vega says that these employees may be suffering from a ‘technology overload.’ He explains:

"The findings from this study suggest that employees are struggling to cope with the current environment that is hyper-charged with technology. Technological change and adoption are no longer limited to the personal computer and the software that computers run. Tech has now made our day-to-day life more comfortable and ‘efficient’. It appears from the findings of this study that employees are perceiving technology as increasingly becoming a source of distraction and hindrance to being productive."

When new tech is brought into the office, time will be taken to ensure all employees learn and adapt to using it – and this is true for either physical pieces of tech, or online software etc. Workers may have to adapt their ways and methods of working – which may be difficult for employees who are in a routine using technology which has been similar for years.

When looking at new technology to bring into the office, it’s important to consider the following:
  • Will it benefit employees?
  • Will it get used enough?
  • Will your employees embrace the new technology?
  • Is it worth the money?
  • Will it boost productivity?
Considering these questions will determine whether the new technology will benefit the workforce, or create unnecessary distractions and waste time. While complex technologies may be exciting and seem beneficial, they may not always be, as supported by the Henley Business School’s findings.

What’s wrong with the good old pen and paper method, eh?

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 a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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