3 Ways to Eliminate Bad Business Habits With Commercial Automation
Smart Technology Can Help You Make Your Business More Efficient
Developing the right environment in your Woodbury, MN office is pivotal to your company’s success. So many of the mistakes we see in working environments have to do with not having the right support system in place. Although this support system typically focuses on having the proper personnel and procedures, efficient technology can also make a world of difference. Installing a commercial automation solution can help you eliminate common bad habits in the following ways:
Doing Too Much at Once
In companies with smaller workforces, it’s common for employees to serve multiple roles. So why not let your technology take up some of the load? Use surveillance video, intercom systems and access control to eliminate the need for a full-time receptionist. Automate the lights, shades, locks and climate, so you don't have to waste time making sure vulnerable areas were secured, lights were turned off, and shades were closed in empty rooms.
Reduce some of the time needed to train new team members by having all your technology under the same user interface, making it easier for new employees to learn how to use everything in the office. A commercial automation system lets you offer one central interface—whether on a desktop, tablet, touchpad or smartphone—to manage conference rooms, let in guests, or adjust the thermostat.
Working Too Many Long Hours
It's important that you're not overworking employees. Incorporate an access control system with individualized access codes, so you can track when employees came in and when they left. Don’t use this tool to micromanage—no need to call out Sally because she came in at 9:05 on Monday. Instead, see if any employees are staying beyond their scheduled hours and find out how you can help.
You can also use your lighting control to encourage a traditional 9-6 schedule. Have cooler color temperatures—like white or blue-- in the office during working hours to encourage attentiveness and concentration. Once 6 p.m. rolls around, have lights turn to a warmer orange hue to help workers relax as the workday winds down.
Cutting Costs in the Wrong Places
Businesses are always looking for new ways to become more efficient. Eliminating unnecessary costs is a huge part of this, but often mishandled. Don’t jump to eliminating positions or services to cut down on costs; instead focus on reducing current operating costs. Technology can play a key role in this. A commercial automation system lets you manage your energy usage in a variety of ways so you can reduce your bills without having to limit production. I
nstall occupancy sensors so lights turn off in unused bathrooms or conference rooms. After work hours, extend this function to the entire office in case the last person out forgets to flip the light switch. Have your office shades close automatically when windows are hit by direct sunlight to cool down the room.
Make sure your Minnesota business is prepped for success with a commercial automation system that’s there to help you every step of the way. Contact Lelch AV to find out how you can benefit from this technology.