Inem Essien
Inem Essien CEO

I'm not going to lie to you, Nigeria can make it difficult for businesses to succeed. So if that’s the case, why do so many people still insist on doing business here?

It's the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $376.284 billion and grew by 2.38% in the fourth quarter of 2018. In fact, Nigeria is an economic powerhouse in Africa.

The innovative use of IT can further tap into this thriving economy.  IT is a crucial driving force behind organisational competitiveness in today’s business environment. But you need to ensure that your team is running optimally. In other words, you need to develop innovative techniques to complete tasks and devise smart processes to help modern workforces become as productive as possible.

They say that productivity is never an accident, but is the result of careful planning and focused effort. An organisation with a comprehensive and well-executed IT management strategy is productive and best able to meet its goals.

In this blog, we detail four ways in which you can improve your IT team’s productivity.

  1. Understand your end users’ needs

There has long been a disjuncture between business and IT. This rift has generally come about because their priorities and skill sets differ – IT usually doesn’t grasp what it takes to run a business and businesses don’t fully understand all the technicalities of IT.  To improve productivity, this needs to change. According to Small Business Trends, end users must have a say in hardware and software decision-making. IT management and decision-making have an enormous impact on a business’s success and competitiveness, so embracing policies like allowing staff to bring their own devices (BYOD) into the office can be a great way to boost productivity.

  1. Provide tools to boost efficiency

You might have the smartest, most hard-working and efficient team members, but if they don’t have the systems and resources to complete their tasks, they will struggle to be effective. It’s so important that technology resources promote communications and collaboration between teams regardless of their location. A CIO.com article  highlights how IT managers and CIOs should be pushing platform-agnostic solutions that allow employees to work anywhere and at any time.

  1. Set efficiency and productivity goals

It’s all very well to decide that you want to run a marathon, but until you actually enter the race you’re not really working towards anything. In business, teams must sit down and agree on their goals and then come up with a realistic schedule to achieve them. It’s best to break down the task into manageable chunks so that people feel like they are making progress. And remember that being efficient isn’t only about working quickly – if the work isn’t completed properly, it doesn’t matter how speedily you completed it.

  1. Cut out the unnecessary tasks

Do you really need to have that two-hour, catch-up meeting every week? Perhaps you can do it just once a month? By eliminating unnecessary tasks, you’re freeing up people to get their jobs done and to be more productive. When you’re planning projects, ask yourself if some tasks actually contribute to achieving the desired outcomes. If not, it’s probably best to eliminate them. It’s also valuable to communicate with employees on which processes could be streamlined and how.

What are the “symptoms” of an unproductive work environment? Perhaps it’s complex systems that stifle collaboration? Or outdated processes that make it complicated to complete tasks? Whatever the productivity stumbling block, successful IT management means addressing them early and initiating procedures to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Use our Symptom Checker to see if your IT workloads are being mismanaged.

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