You don’t have to be a technology pro to know that most companies don’t use Macintosh computers. But could these machines actually increase corporate productivity?
The team at Forrester recently published a report which contains a surprising statement. But first, here’s a graph that won’t shock anyone. As of this year, 41% of IT departments shut out anyone who tries to use a Mac:
That’s not exactly surprising. Windows-based PCs are the computer of choice in most environments. The conventional wisdom is that corporate productivity depends on this operating system. But the author of the study says that organizations could actually be more competitive if they considered the alternative platform:
Most of the Macs today,” writes Johnson, “are being freewheeled into the office by executives, top sales reps, and other workaholics. Forrester believes this is the same demographic that we’re now calling the “power laptop user,” and according to the latest Workforce Technology And Engagement Survey, power laptop users make 44% more money, use more collaboration apps, and carry an average of three devices wherever they go.”
Corporate productivity depends on three factors: culture, tools and people. What’s most interesting about this advice is that the firm is advocating increasing employee freedom to increase corporate productivity. They aren’t saying that the Macintosh is a better machine, just that people who try to do their own thing tend to get more done.
Here’s the final message:
“Stand in the way,” Forrester concludes, “and you will eventually get run over.”
It’s difficult to imagine a clearer statement about corporate productivity. Ultimately, it’s what we try to prevent that is our undoing. If we want an overall increase in employee effectiveness, we need to get out of the way.
Learn more about improving corporate productivity. Contact the team at Slaughter Development. We’d love to help you learn to be more efficient, more effective and more satisfied—regardless of your platform of choice.