Is Your Company Plugged in to the Right Tech Products?
Technology is improving the business world in some pretty big ways, which is why it's so important for companies big and small to be up to speed on all-things tech. Whether it's mobile devices for your employees on the go or tablets for your staffers on the floor, the right tech products can make a world of difference for your business. Here are just a few ways your company can provide its employees with the right technology without breaking the bank:
Tech Spending Statistics
Businesses across the country are turning to technology in order to get the job done. As a result, tech spending for U.S. businesses has increased exponentially in the past decade. In fact, according to Gartner Research, tech spending in 2014 has already topped the $3.8 trillion mark. This dollar amount covers everything from data center equipment to general IT services. As for spending on tech devices alone, the U.S. business world has already spent $689 billion in 2014 alone. With the tech product numbers expected to grow by a few percentage points in the coming years, it's important for your company to save money wherever possible.
Going the Refurbished Route
Lightly used tech products can oftentimes lead to big savings for your business. Whether your company is in the market for an iPhone or Apple iPad Air, major retailers like Walmart and others carry both new and refurbished inventory that is sure to fit your company's budget. Before you buy refurbished, you need to make sure the tech device will suite your company's needs. Refurbished sometimes means the device is a model or two out of date, which might translate to slower processing speeds and fewer capabilities. Likewise, just because the device is refurbished doesn't mean you should skimp on the warranty. Make sure you get at least a 90-day manufacturer's warranty with your lightly used device.
Buying in Bulk
If your company has dozens or even hundreds of employees, then buying tech products for your staff can get pretty pricey. Instead of buying your tech as you need; consider buying devices in bulk numbers. Buying 20 tablets at once as opposed to two of three every month usually results in savings. Ask tech suppliers and retailers what kind of discounts they provide when buying in bulk - you might be surprised with the savings.
Waiting for Newer Models
Have you ever heard of the phrase new-old stock? It's when a newer model comes out, but there are still older models in stock.
This spells big savings when it comes to tech products. Waiting for the release of the latest model smartphone or tablet will result in the current models going on sale.
Declining the Extended Warranty
The manufacturer's warranty is a great thing to have with tech devices, but that's sometimes really all you need. Devices that remain within the confines of your company usually don't experience as much wear and tear as devices under typical use. Keep this in mind when purchasing tech products for your company and its employees. When you're ready to invest in tech, use the cost saving tips above and avoid breaking your company's bank.
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How changing your company's software code can prevent bias
Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day.
Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization.
Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.
Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?
We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization
What impact can exclusive terms have on employees?
Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.
Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code
Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!
What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?
What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.
What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology?
My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve.