Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on computers, tablets and smart phones to run their businesses, and that’s putting some pressure on bathrooms.
But what do you do if your business is already running on a tablet?
If you’re not sure, you should go back to the drawing board, according to a new report by the Australian Business Research Institute.
“If you want to be successful in the digital world, you have to start thinking in terms of how you’re going to change,” says Sarah Stryder, an associate professor of business management at the Australian National University.
“The way you’re using your computer is important, and so is how you do your digital work.”
Stryder’s report found that most people are still thinking of their business on a desk.
“A lot of the people that work in offices these days, their computer is their main way of doing business,” she says.
“I don’t think that’s a new thing.
I think that people have been using their phones for a while.”
We’re all working in these digital environments.
I’m just not sure that people are using their computers as their primary way of working.
“It’s not just computers that are putting the brakes on businesses.”
In many cases, the people who are running your business are not even in your business,” says Stryver.”
They are just using their smartphones to do their business.
“And I think this is because they don’t have time for the work that is traditionally associated with running your own business.”
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Read moreAbout 10 per cent of Australians are not using their own desks and computers as primary means of work, according the research.
So if you want your business to survive, the answer to that question is simple: get out of the office.
The findings from the research, which examined 1,200 people across Australia, also found that employees who are not working from home were less likely to be digitally engaged.
“When you’re working from a desk you’re just doing the same thing, doing the job, doing that repetitive work,” says Laura Miller, a research assistant at the University of Melbourne.
“It’s like a chore, you can do it as long as you have time, but if you have not been engaged for an hour, you’re likely to say, ‘I’ve got nothing to do today.'”
“When people are not engaged, they’re less likely than when they are engaged to be productive.”
The key takeaway is to get out into the open, says Miller.
“Make it a priority to be out in the open with your colleagues, to be doing the things that you’re supposed to be engaged with, to really engage people.”
If you can’t get the work done from home, you’ll find it harder to attract and retain customers.
“That’s why when we talk about having a healthy workplace, we also have to be mindful of the health of our employees,” she adds.
“Employees are really good at seeing what they can do, but they are not always good at doing it.”
Find out more about workplace health and wellbeingThe report recommends that people who work in remote or regional offices should consider whether they need to do more work outside their office, and also whether they can use a remote or hybrid office to work from home.
“People working from their homes can be more productive if they are able to move around and get some additional physical activity,” Stryter says.
Read more about the report on the Australian business research institute website.
Read the full report here.