Past or future? The best of both worlds

Combine old and new working practices in the office

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — or so says the old adage.

Yet while the phrase is usually employed by grandparents that don’t want the youngsters tinkering with the TV settings, the same can also ring true with business practices — why change up a strategy that has always proved effective in the past?

However, on the flip side of the coin, companies that struggle to keep up to date with modern techniques are often accused of being out of touch, backward or, well, just about ready for the scrap heap.

So rather than turning your back on the simple systems that have never failed to keep the year planner perfectly organised and trying to implement a complex, interactive spreadsheet that tells employees how long they can spend going to the toilet each day, one expert suggests combining the old with the new.

“Plenty of the principles of ten or more years ago still hold true today,” said Andrew Girdwood, media innovations director at LBi bigmouthmedia.

“In my experience, most brands want to try new things, but they want to try them carefully, with a wise and justifiable outlay of budget.”

Instead of consigning all of the box files to the incinerator and letting some of the company’s most sensitive data fly around in the ether, there’s no reason why businesses can’t take advantage of both.

Indeed, while e-mail and text messaging is vital in the modern world, Royal Mail is still very much functioning for a reason — people send post. Every day. Lots of it. Endlessly.

Change for change’s sake is never a good idea, and by logically combining modern techniques with more traditional methods companies can have the best of both worlds.

Efficiency doesn’t have to drop as employees struggle to come to terms with a Skynet style computing system, while equally every business knows that typewriters just can’t cut it anymore.

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