Computer rage, brought on by a slow machine, is a real emotion. There’s even a Wikipedia page about it. It’s not uncommon — although probably still uncouth — to smack your monitor or swear at your screen when your PC’s processing speed slows to a crawl or Microsoft Word unceremoniously crashes.
A slow PC means a dip in productivity, which also means a dip in profits. This doesn’t just apply to businesses that work exclusively online designing software or running an app. It applies to any business that uses a computer to get through the day.
Faster PCs means more billable work
A video editor using Final Cut Pro to produce a film for a client can get more work done on a fast computer and deliver the final product early. A medical receptionist can input more data into a spreadsheet over the course of a day with a speedy laptop. Accountants can file more tax returns and bill more clients with software applications that boot up quickly. You get the idea.
The time you spend waiting for pages and applications to load is valuable.
Don’t annoy your employees; enable them
It’s also frustrating for your employees if their computers regularly freeze. They might go grab a third coffee instead of calling tech support. And even when they do call tech support, they lose billable hours waiting for the issue to be resolved. You’ll pay more for your employee’s time if it takes even longer to fix the computer.
There’s also the issue of optics and client transparency. Current, well-maintained machines communicate a high level of professionalism to your clients. You also want to ensure your machines have the most up-to-date security mechanisms to protect your clients’ sensitive data. It’s just one more way you can differentiate yourself from your competitors.
Make a PC plan
PCs need to replaced regularly to maintain a high level of productivity. Generally, they last four to five years. By then, the machines you bought or leased may require more processing power and a new operating system.
Computers are just like cars; they age and you eventually need to replace them. Factor the computer upgrades into your annual budget so that it won’t be a nasty surprise when the time comes to buy or lease. The bump in productivity you see will make the investment worth it.
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