The Pros and Cons of Technology at Work

March 6th, 2015

There is an expectation in today’s business climate that all companies will use the right technology to enhance their products and services. But what if there is also a downside to technology in the workplace? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of having technology at work and what you can do to make it better for your business.

It saves money.

Ultimately, if you have the technology that can streamline multiple functions within your office then it will save money in the long term. The salaries for multiple people to do each of those aspects for your day-to-day business can be costly. Having the software that can allow one person to do the job of several people will always save money for your company, even if there is a high cost of the initial investment.

It saves time.

For the same reason, the right technology will save your company time. Each of your employees will be able to handle more work in the course of a day. The technology, if handled correctly, will aid them rather than making the work more stressful. This will allow your team time to handle other aspects of their job, such as customer service, rather than getting lost in the shuffle of paperwork.

It creates dependence.

There are always downsides to any technology. When you run a business that is reliant upon software or cloud-based services, you run the risk of becoming too dependent. Your staff may not be able to handle the work if something goes wrong or if the system is down for an extended period of time. This can be a problem for your company even for just a few hours when production grinds to a halt.

It needs to be upgraded.

Technology isn’t a one-time investment. Things change quickly in the world of software and the cloud. You may also need to consider security or other services. You will need to account for upgrade costs in your budget every few years based on the needs of your business and your clients. You may also need to integrate new offerings such as mobile optimization.

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3 Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

December 11th, 2013

When you’re face to face with a candidate for a job interview it is important to ask as many detailed questions as possible. You want to know about their ability to conduct the job, how they will fit into the current corporate culture, and how they will behave in the workplace. There are a few questions that seem like they would provide some insight into the candidate but are really questions to avoid. It is important to keep in mind the subjects and questions that you should not bring up in an interview to avoid potential legal trouble for your company. Here are three interview questions that you should never ask.

  1. Are you married or do you have children? Basing a hiring decision on whether or not a candidate has a family is a legal problem. If you want to know whether or not the individual will require time off of work you can phrase the question differently without ever bringing up children or marital status. Instead, ask them if they can commit to the schedule for the job as indicated by your job description or company policies. Childcare arrangements and their relationship status cannot be a concern for the company.
  2. What church do you attend? In most cases, religious affiliation is not a requirement of employment and should not be made a condition of the interview. You cannot ask if a candidate is religious or to what religion they belong. These types of questions should be avoided all together.
  3. Can you please give me the password for your Facebook account? There were a number of high profile news stories in the last few years surrounding this behavior by some companies. Other organizations even required candidates to log into their accounts while the hiring manager could watch and read over their shoulders. However, many states are currently passing laws that make this practice illegal. Gaining information from public social media is acceptable in certain circumstances but accessing a candidate’s private information is not.

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