Businesses that preserve their technology get more out of it, but while many companies have been putting all of their eggs into IT-level protection to prevent things like data breaches, it's just as important to physically protect the tools their employees use every day. Doing so promotes a healthy bottom line and can greatly impact the safety and morale of the employees who interact with this technology on a daily basis.

Don't fall to pieces over office equipment. Get proactive about protection and repair.Don't fall to pieces over office equipment. Get proactive about protection and repair.

Protecting mobile devices from damage
Many of us know the pain of a cracked touch screen or the pangs of a mobile device missing in action. According to online address book provider Plaxo, about one-third of users have at one point broken or lost their smartphones. This statistic becomes incredibly troubling when one considers how many businesses provide devices to their employees for work use.

When purchasing new mobile tech for the office, decision makers should budget for additional screen and chassis protection as an investment in uptime. The longer a mobile device stays active, the longer employees can stay active too. Not only will this suppress the total cost of ownership for a fleet of new technology, but it means no employee will feel slighted by a busted hand-me-down.

Protecting employees from broken office equipment
A manager or supervisor might not think twice about a wobbly office chair or a stubborn desk drawer that just won't close, but they should. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Human Resource Management said office workers are injured from falls at a rate of more than two times the frequency of non-office workers. Moreover, those two earlier examples are are listed as a couple of the most hazardous conditions causing these slips and trips.

An employee with a broken ankle will cost a company in productivity, as well as any workers' compensation he or she obtains because of the accident. Offices should set up a system for reporting defective office equipment to encourage greater follow-through with repair or replacement.

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