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Are you providing your employees with the right technology?

Buying new technology isn’t easy with so many options and so many unique employee needs. It might take a bit of homework to narrow down what you’ll need, but you’ll see that it’s worth the time and effort after you do, for a number of reasons.

Use technology to attract and keep top talent

Getting the right technology in front of your employees isn’t just a matter of getting the work done. It’s a matter of attracting (and retaining) the right talent.

Millennials in particular (42%) are likely to quit a job with substandard technology. And the quality of workplace technology influences 82% of Millennials when deciding whether to take a new job. Furthermore, the majority of Millennials feel advanced technologies are important for more collaboration. This demographic is now the largest in our workforce,according to the Pew Research Center, so clearly, having the right tools is essential to attracting and retaining top talent.

When it comes down to it, putting the right devices in the right people’s hands can make magic happen, all while boosting productivity and protecting employee information.

Ensuring your devices are business ready

You’re probably asking yourself, “But where do I start?” Researching on your own can be overwhelming.
The first step is getting to know your team — really getting to know them.

Check out this handy checklist to figure out which devices your team needs.

Once you start talking to your teammates, you’ll find that each situation is nuanced. If your teammate is running from meeting to meeting and has many conference calls, perhaps a notebook and a wireless headset is best. A growing number of workers are remote; half of employees currently work outside the office at least a few times a week — 34% from home and 18% from a public place such as a coffee shop.

No one-size-fits-all approach

Every employee has a unique set of needs to get their job done and therefore has unique technological needs. You wouldn’t give a Rugged laptop to someone who is working at a desk all day. And you wouldn’t give a graphic artist a smartphone to design a project. Clearly, learning your team’s needs is essential.

The importance of working with IT

It might take a little time to figure these things out, but it will definitely pay off. Once you have an idea of which devices they need, you’re good to go to IT. They will ensure the devices are compatible with the company’s network, meet deployment and security standards and within budget as well as managing the device’s total cost of ownership. Once you’ve acquired the new devices, IT will handle training your employees, supporting their needs, and safely retiring the older devices. This way, you won’t have to worry about keeping your team secure or efficient — thanks to your collaboration with IT, your team will be a productivity machine.

So what is next?

Now that you understand how crucial it is to have the right technology, it’s time to determine which devices you should acquire for your employees.

The Dell|Intel® checklist can help you figure that out — download to complete it below. 

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