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The Hidden Costs of Slow Computers

10 mins read
written by
Dhoof Mohamed

Business leaders frequently overlook the cost of slow computers. However, the loss of productivity can cost as much as refreshing or upgrading a computer.  Let me give you an example.

A typical employee boots up their computer once a day and launches 4 programs. If a computer has slowed down, it can easily take 5 minutes to boot and 2.5 minutes to launch a program. Add the 5 minutes to boot to the 10 minutes it takes to launch programs and multiply it by 250 working days per year. That gives you 63 hours each year of unproductive time per employee. With just 10 employees, that’s over 600 hours of lost productivity each year. The number only grows with more employees.

Speeding Up Your Computers

Here are 3 things you can do to speed up your computers:

  1. If a relatively new computer is running slowly, check to see that only needed programs are loading when it boots up. Some computer companies install software that loads on each boot up. If it is not something your use regularly, it is best to not load it automatically.
  2. If your computers are less than 3-5 years old, they can benefit from a fresh install of the operating system and programs. This is also an opportunity to remove any programs that are no longer being utilized.
  3. Once your computers are 3-5 years old, it makes sense to upgrade to a new computer. The time invested in maintaining an older computer typically costs more than replacing it.

Many companies spend more money fixing computers than being proactive. Investing time and money in being proactive can make your employees more productive and even help improve your culture from one of being reactive to more proactive.

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