Are you a dinosaur?

There’s a great big fiery asteroid in the sky. It’s called the future. And try as you might to deny its inevitability, it’s going to hit you in the face. 

As true today as it was 65 million years ago, being adaptable is key to survival. Clients change, processes evolve, technology moves on – and if you’re treading water, you’ll never get to where you want to be.

People are notoriously resistant to change; too concerned by what could be lost over what could be gained. Foster a workplace culture which encourages positive discussion about change, and give voice to those who promote it, else processes and skill sets stagnate and your business will forever play catch-up.
 
If your competition takes a step forward, you need to take two steps forward: use that cutting edge software; make time for tutorials to improve current skills and learn new ones; invest in long term solutions. Make goals for 2027, not 5.30pm.

Just because it’s always been that way, doesn’t mean it forever will, nor forever should. Don’t ignore the future. Be the future.

Go Paperless

Your music is in 0s and 1s. Your TV shows are in 0s and 1s. So why isn’t your workplace in 0s and 1s? Going paperless not only reduces waste, but has many benefits…

Reduce Consumables

Paper: Going paperless isn’t about hugging trees. They’re being replanted to ensure we will forever have books, packaging, and Oak Furniture Land. It’s about cost, space, and the limitations of ink on a slice of wood. Search a document for a word; my money is on the computer finding it first, and also not missing out any instances.

Ink: The only time you should use ink is if you’re selling whatever it’s on.

Printers: Kiss goodbye to jams, waste toner, cryptic beeps, new parts, and worst of all, waiting for the engineer. And the Bob Marley jokes.

The Alternatives

Digital Cataloguing: Adobe Bridge, as an example, allows you to browse documents by attribute, with thumbnails for an instant overview – and it doesn’t require an Adobe subscription. It’s OK, I don’t work for Adobe.

Visualisation: 3D software can create dynamic and realistically rendered solutions for what you used to do physically; visuals are editable on the fly, and can be shared universally.

Collaborative Digital Approval: Multiple parties can review and comment on digital documents simultaneously, whether in Acrobat or with Google.

Benefits

Reduced Cost On Consumables: More for the bonus pot. You would hope.

Declutter: Reclaim that space!

Searchable Data: Digital files contain an array of metadata regarding text content, colours, save dates etc. All of this is searchable, meaning you can filter documents by attribute easily. 

Accountability: Using an organised method of digital housekeeping – and its accompanying metadata – gives full accountability for the history of a project.

Streamlining: Digital documents are more accessible and more efficient.

by Lewis Llewellyn