Everyone seeks to have a sense and appearance of savvy at work. No one wants to look incompetent or to have technology fail them at critical times. With the constant flux of updates and upgrades to technology, some workers can get caught in the digital divide and end up being too noticeable clumsy with tablets. Here are some ways that having a lack of knowledge about tablets could hurt your reputation at work.
- Like a lot of technology, tablets have some great hacks. Settings is one place where the playing field can be unequal. If you don’t know all the goods on tablet settings, including how to get them to run faster, you could be left in the dust. Of you are supposed to pull up certain information, not having a fast moving tablet could make it hard or impossible for you to keep up with training or other content that’s taking place at the front of the room. When they say, “Everybody go to___________,” that trainer or speaker looks around the room or around the table and checks to see if most people are with them. Sometimes it is hard to admit to be the person who raises their hand and points out that they are not with them. In some companies, the training offices are window-rich. They call them fishbowls, because those inside the rooms can see out and those outside can see in. Another feature, is those trainers who, rather than ask for a show of hands, will look at the computer reflections in the glass and see if people are caught up. That trick could cause someone with a lagging tablet to be found out. The same can apply if they ask the person with that inept tablet a question about the content of a page that hasn’t yet populated.
- Bosses also like to send links to videos, with a request that everyone view them by a certain time, say in preparation for a meeting. When this occurs, the same dynamic can hurt that person who doesn’t know how to speed up their tablet. Even an email with no video content may enable someone to be suspected of being insubordinate or neglectful on the job. This could happen if you are asked to respond to an email in a certain way by a certain time. Once again, not knowing how to optimize your tablet can hurt your reputation at work.
- Just like people tend to not have spare batteries in their cars, there are those who don’t keep spare batteries for their tablet. When you are at work, you need to do this. You can’t always use an outlet to charge your tablet, and when productivity is on the line, you can suffer if your battery power fails or your battery dies.
- If you are working on secret, high security or proprietary projects; you should know how to make it practically impossible for someone to hack into your tablet and steal or access the information. It’s not everyone’s priority, but for job security and a reputation as a trustworthy employee – you need to know how to keep others from stealing or accessing the information on your device. Creating a PIN that you have to enter each time you turn on your phone is one great way to make your tablet hack-proof. It won’t matter if you did it on purpose, or if your tablet is stolen – you will still bear the blame if information falls into the wrong hands.
- For times when a tablet is as slow as molasses, you may not be able to type in a search into a search engine. This is when saying, “OK Google,” and letting your tablet initiate a search can save you time. Once you say this, the device will show the words, “Recording,” which prompts you to tell it what you are looking for. This speedy process will enable you to be more productive at work, and help you out in a pinch. Voice searches are quicker, and it pays to know this.
If you fail at too many critical junctures on your job, you could end up seeming incompetent, or like a poor match for your company’s objectives. If you have a tablet, and it is something you are required to use on the job, make sure you know your device. Your reputation could hinge on it.