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How to Bring Your Company into the 21st Century

How to Bring Your Company into the 21st Century

Companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have brought the world into the future. They continue to innovate and create new products and platforms that advance the world and make communication easier. Always at the forefront, they are the epitome of 21st-century companies and businesses. With so many wonderful things going on, it is easy to forget that there are companies that aren’t operating at their level. There are small, family-owned businesses that have existed for decades and still operate the same way as when they opened. Bringing an older company into the present is easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to bring your company into the 21st century and make it better.

Bring in Younger Talent

When it comes time for hiring, don’t be afraid to bring in some younger talent. A young worker will already know how to use the new technologies you want to incorporate. They will also have fresh perspectives on how to improve workflow, operations, and the business’s structure. The incoming workforce that is leaving college grew up in the 21st century and has been surrounded by the tech and ideas that you want to implement. While there are stigmas against younger workers, ultimately, they will be great assets.

Embrace New Technologies

Don’t be afraid of new technology—it’s better and more efficient. When the fax machine debuted, it was a marvel of efficiency and technology; now, it’s a dinosaur that no one uses. There is no need for it any longer. The same can be said for the old computers in the office and legacy software. Take a hard look at what software you are running and plan on either updating it or scrapping it altogether. Utilize cloud-based solutions, remote meetings, and the internet of things (IoT) to improve your business.

Get Rid of the Paper

Paper is another one of the dinosaurs of the 20th century that refuses to go away. There are some industries that still need it but more are turning away from it. Paper is a huge expense that accumulates daily, must be stored, and is susceptible to physical damage. So much time is wasted printing, copying, filing, and shuffling papers that could be spent elsewhere. The processes involved with paper are cumbersome and can be done without.

Incorporate Social Media

If you haven’t already, you must get your company onto social media. The yellow pages don’t exist anymore and readership in traditional newspapers declines every year. Social media is the new daily paper with billions of people viewing it every minute. If your company is to have any kind of online presence, getting on social media is the best way.