Running a small business is never easy, and there are often a number of obstacles blocking growth and development. Fortunately, many of these barriers are created internally and can be solved by making process changes.
In a survey of 400 Australian small and medium businesses (SMBs) by Microsoft Australia, it was discovered that around 35 working days a year are lost due to employees either travelling or being absent from the workplace.
Microsoft noted that one of the biggest obstacles facing Australian SMBs is how to operate productively when employees are always working on the go.
Is technology the answer?
Steve Lewis, the managing director of Mobile Device Sales Australia and New Zealand at Microsoft, explained that productivity is a major headache for many SMBs, but technology may offer a solution.
"One of the most compelling findings was that SMBs recognise that technology plays a key role in growing their business and being able to reclaim their unproductive time," he said.
In fact, based on the survey's findings, 46 per cent of SMBs believe technology can grow both collaboration and innovation in the workplace. Additionally, technology will reduce the five hours a week of unproductive time, allowing focus on other areas of the business.
"It's not enough to identify the problems affecting SMBs - we need to work together to find solutions that overcome the challenges and technology can play a key part in this, especially when it comes to boosting productivity, acting on inspiration and driving growth," Mr Lewis added.
What about teleconferencing?
If your business is struggling with productivity due to employees travelling overseas or constantly being out of the office with meetings, it might pay to consider a teleconferencing solution.
With its ability to host up to 200 individuals, a teleconference can ensure stakeholders and customers are kept happy and your employees focussed on their tasks.
For more information on how to get started with teleconferencing, contact the expert team at Eureka Conferencing today.