Question: Should I buy all of my employees laptops? Any pros and cons I should consider?
"A huge headache startups run into is having employees come into work complaining about how poorly their personal machine runs. For salaried employees, you should invest in providing them with the right equipment they'll need to be fully productive so they never have the excuse, "my laptop just won't cooperate today.""
"Instead of dealing with employee excuses, buy them the tools they need to get the job done. They'll be required to return their laptops if they leave your organization, and your tech team will be more efficient when working with the same computer models."
"Before purchasing any hardware, determine who will be using the machine and what they most likely will need to get out of it. If you're processing large amounts of data, will a laptop have enough power to run multiple applications simultaneously? Will your new business manager need a top of the line machine if they are using email and text editing software? Find a use case and buy according to it."
"The biggest advantage is that you’ll be sure your employees have the necessary tools to complete tasks. But the main disadvantage is that it will require an investment on your part. You need to decide if your company is in a position to make that investment and whether buying laptops will increase productivity and allow you to delegate more key roles and assignments."
"If you're considering an employee who works in inside sales, I would say a laptop is not necessary. An outside sales representative definitely needs a laptop because you expect them to travel and constantly be available wherever they are. If any of your employees is going to be working on the weekend or traveling often, then laptops are crucial to the employee; otherwise, you can save a lot of money by using desktops."