Slow Technology is Killing Your Staff’s Morale and Productivity – Here’s How You Can Solve It

24 May 2024
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Technology is the backbone of modern business operations, yet many small businesses struggle with outdated systems that frustrate their staff and hamper productivity. If your team is frequently complaining about slow systems or experiencing system shutdowns, it might be time to examine the root causes and consider some strategic solutions.


The Impact of Slow Technology on Staff Morale:

Few things are more frustrating for employees than slow technology. When systems lag or shut down unexpectedly, it disrupts workflow, causes irritation, and ultimately leads to a decline in staff morale. Persistent tech issues can erode the enthusiasm and motivation of your team, making it difficult for them to stay engaged and be productive. Imagine starting your day waiting five to ten minutes for your computer to boot up. Those wasted minutes add up, not just in terms of lost productivity but also for your employee through dissatisfaction and frustration. Employees may start to think, “This company can’t even provide the tools I need to do my job effectively.”


What Causes Slow Systems and Shutdowns?

Several factors can contribute to sluggish systems and frequent shutdowns. One primary culprit is outdated hardware. Computers, network hardware, servers, and other equipment that haven’t been upgraded in the last five years are likely to struggle with modern software demands. Legacy systems, or outdated software that are still in use, can also create significant bottlenecks. As new software is developed, it requires more processing power and advanced features that older hardware simply can’t provide.


The Hidden Costs of Neglecting IT:

Beyond the immediate frustration, slow technology has a tangible impact on productivity. When employees are forced to wait for systems to load or reboot, they are not doing productive work. This downtime can accumulate, leading to significant losses in productivity across the business. The effect is compounded as morale drops, creating a cycle of inefficiency and dissatisfaction.

Many managing directors make the mistake of viewing IT as an operational cost rather than a strategic investment. Without a clear IT strategy, businesses tend to be reactive, addressing issues as they arise without a long-term plan. This approach not only puts the company at risk of falling behind technologically but also increases the likelihood of compliance issues and stunted growth.


The Importance of a Strategic IT Approach:

A proactive IT strategy is essential for sustainable business growth. Treating IT as a strategic asset means investing in up-to-date hardware, ensuring software is current and compatible, and developing a comprehensive digital transformation plan. And no, this doesn’t mean you have to buy the latest MacBook every year!

Managing Directors must recognise that technology is a critical component of their success, not just a support function.

Adopting a strategic IT approach doesn’t require you to be a tech expert. Partnering with a strategic IT provider can help you implement an IT strategy that aligns with your business goals. This partnership ensures a holistic and integrated approach to technology management, allowing your business to stay competitive and secure in today’s world.


Taking the First Steps Towards Digital Transformation:

To avoid the pitfalls of outdated technology and ensure your business is poised for growth, start by assessing your current IT infrastructure. Identify areas where upgrades are necessary and develop a plan for implementing these changes. Engage with a strategic IT partner who can guide you through the process, ensuring that your technology supports both your operational needs and strategic goals.

In today’s business environment, the stakes are high. An effective IT strategy can mean the difference between stagnation and growth. Don’t let slow technology hold your business back. Invest in your IT infrastructure and watch your staff’s morale and productivity soar.



Slow technology is more than a minor annoyance; it’s a significant barrier to your team’s productivity and your business’s growth. By recognising the importance of a strategic IT approach and making the necessary investments, you can eliminate frustrations, boost morale, and drive your business forward. Start transforming your technology from a source of frustration into a powerful tool for success.

What our customers say

Lumina Technologies have taken the time to understand the requirements of our business and work as our strategic IT partner, enabling us to concentrate on delivering a high quality service to our clients and focus on our growth strategy. They have delivered a 100% cloud solution to our business with no underlying infrastructure costs or maintenance, which gives us scalability for our planned growth. It also means our business critical applications and data are securely accessible from virtually all our user devices. Lumina’s professional approach and strategic expertise is highly valued and their management of our IT – based on their in-depth knowledge, leaves us confident that our systems are available 24×7.

Luke Harrison
Keidan Harrison LLP

Lumina have supported us so well through the difficult circumstances of 2020.  They worked extremely hard to ensure we were able to work remotely and continue to operate our business successfully. The support team are very friendly and knowledgeable, and have excellent response times.

The team have also enhanced our cyber security which is so important in the legal sector, and they continue to provide high quality advice to help us move forward with our IT goals.

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Richard and his team are a real inspiration to anyone who meets them and I have watched Lumina’s growth over the last few years with interest and admiration. Richard has been an amazing supporter of the Hospice of St Francis, being a Gold member of the Corporate Partner Network for almost two years. He takes an active interest in the community and is passionate about his company and his town: nothing is too much trouble, he is always willing to help, to give up his time and to provide business advice when asked. Lumina is an inspiration to any company wanting to set up business in Hertfordshire.

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Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP have been using Lumina Technologies for a number of years now and continue to be impressed by the technical know-how and contemporary knowledge of their senior management, who provide a timely, efficient and friendly service. Whether it is a small issue with one computer, or a strategic IT decision, they maintain a current knowledge of available technologies. Lumina are always at the other end of the phone to help resolve issues and minimise business interference. The technical knowledge of Richard and his senior team means that there has not been a problem that they can’t solve to date. I am sure we will continue to use them in the years to come.

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The team at Lumina Technologies have made the Amoun Travel & Tours office IT transition seamless and problem free. The office set-up has been vastly improved and the IT Support services are flawless. No issue goes unresolved, which is extremely reassuring.

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Amoun Travel & Tours Ltd

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Richard and his team at Lumina have provided Perrett Laver Limited with high quality strategic and practical IT Services for over ten years. During this period, Perrett Laver has grown from 10+ colleagues based in London to nearly 100 colleagues located in six offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Richard and the Lumina team have not just been responsive to our ‘everyday’ IT needs, but have proactively sought to work with us on developing an infrastructure suitable for the type of operation we are today, and are planning to be months and years down the line. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard, especially for small to medium size business with growth in mind.

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The Vita Group HQ staff have worked with Richard McBarnet and Lumina Technologies for over 9 years, with Lumina providing all our PC, server, phone, and software support. The services have included C-level executives based in London, Manchester, the US, as well as supporting home office IT as well. The service provided and intellectual capabilities are outstanding and we would highly recommend Richard and his Lumina team.

Joe Menendez
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We worked with Lumina on a GDPR Audit. Richard was knowledgeable and professional throughout, and did the best he could to bring a dry topic to life through lots of real life examples and analogies. We were so impressed with the service Lumina provided and the value we got from partnering with them on this project – we couldn’t recommend them enough.

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