Forward-thinking business leaders are introducing all sorts of technology solutions to increase worker productivity these days. Just think about your offices: How many employees are using desktops? Mobile devices? How much of your vital data is stored on your network? When it comes to staying in communication, do you pick up the phone or do you send an email, text or Skype request? There is no question that your company’s success depends upon the tech that employees use every day to get their jobs done.

So what happens when your Internet speed starts to slow down? Or the quality of your video conferencing no longer facilitates group discussion? What if you have a time-sensitive document to send to a client and your network stalls?

Just as your employees depend on these tools to grow your company, all that technology relies on bandwidth. So if you’re experiencing problems with your network performance, it’s time for you to ask the question: What’s sapping my bandwidth?

There are a number of well-known culprits for slowing up networks. One of the most common is video. This could mean anything from video conferencing to watching seminars on Youtube to streaming surveillance footage.

Sending large data files or downloading them off the Internet are two other significant factors affecting bandwidth consumption.

Of course, one trait that all these bandwidth-consumers share is that they are usually integral components to getting work done. So rather than trying to live with sub-par network performance or cut out vital functions from your job, it may be time for business leaders to consider scaling up.

This is a critical decision for any business. If your network performance is already being affected negatively by standard, day-to-day office work, think about the position you’ll be in as your company grows. Not only is the decision to add bandwidth to your network a way to support your employees today—it’s also an investment in your company’s future.

To learn more about whether the time has come to reenergize your overworked network, click here.