Have you added tablets to your business’s arsenal of productivity tools yet? What are you waiting for? A whopping 84 percent of employees who use tablets on the job report it makes them more productive, according to the CDW Tablets@Work poll.
Before you commit to a tablet, however, it’s important to think about how you would use it.
- Do you and your team travel frequently?
- Are you often in the field with customers and clients where having a smaller form factor than a bulky laptop would be convenient?
- Do you love the convenience of your smartphone, but wish you had a bigger screen for certain tasks?
If so, a tablet might be for you. Here are some of the ways tablets can make your business more productive:
- Because they’re easier to stash and carry, they enable you to grab quick moments of time to get work done in situations where you might not lug out a laptop.
- They’re great for presentations or displaying samples of your work, especially if your business is visual (say, you’re a floral designer or photographer).
- They can replace paper forms in many situations, such as new client intake, reducing time spent filing paper and inputting data from paper into computers.
To make sure you choose the right tablet, think about:
- What processes do you need to complete in your business that a tablet could help with?
- What software do you use in your business that your tablet would need to be compatible with?
- How many people on your team will need tablets? If you’ll need to buy lots of them, you might want to consider less costly options.
Once you introduce tablets in your business:
- Make sure you institute proper security procedures for employees to keep customer and company data secure, just as you would with any device.
- Train employees on using the new tools and provide any apps they need to maximize productivity.
- Keep your tablets current and protect them from bugs by updating operating systems and apps regularly.