The workplace is a very different place compared to 50 years ago. Advancements in technology have swept in and brought everything up a level, which has developed companies in more ways than one. Below is some food for thought in regards to how technology has helped revolutionise companies around the world:
Increase in Productivity
There has been a massive rise in workforce productivity, helping employers ensure they are keeping up with developments in tech by adding rapidity into their workplace operations. Making use of these advancements, such as high-speed internet and high-quality gadgets such as smartphone and cloud storage, helps optimise overall time management, ensuring that all employees are sharing their work and that any virtual teams within a company are communicating daily.
Programmes such as Trello and Tracking Time help employers check what their employees are working on, without having to ask them upfront. This keeps employees focused as they are under pressure to ensure all tasks being tracked are completed, raising their overall productivity and ensuring all tasks are completed quickly and efficiently.
Being able to communicate virtually means that employees can now work from home when needed, allowing them to get their work and life balance just right. Being able to send a work email whilst on the train or finishing a report in their living room means that the work gets done, while still having enough time for a social life. If it’s not already, this should be brought into company policy. It enhances workforce productivity, your motivated workers will produce work at a faster pace and chances are, their work will be of a higher quality.
Not only is technology having a positive impact on productivity, it’s also changing how resourcing is done in a company. This includes ‘the cloud,’ which gives a wide range of resources, for example, software applications. There is also outsourcing, which allows an employer to delegate work but remain connected to what’s happening.
Means of Communication
Years ago, companies had a lot of paperwork to deal with, meetings had to take place in packed out boardrooms and communication across different hierarchical levels in the company was not commonplace. However, a surge in technological advancements has streamlined these communication methods, reshaping workplaces for the better and helping run everything more smoothly with employees working better than ever.
Emails, Skype, and smartphones have revolutionised communication, bringing it to a whole new level. Video/phone conferencing allows meetings to be done in many places all at once. Clients can be reached through phones within seconds and kept updated regularly through emails, with documents being shared from anywhere at any time. Distance is no longer an issue and collaboration between office hierarchies has been completely enhanced. Employers are now able to keep track of their staff better and can stay in touch with employees when out of the office, helping them to manage the workforce more effectively.
Technology offers several connectivity options that help continued collaboration among work teams, whether virtually or in the same office. Options allow for real-time or non-real time interaction, ensuring any problems are solved quickly and any possible confusion is avoided with a successful result.
Social media has opened many opportunities for businesses as employers can keep up with their competitors by checking out their online platforms whilst also getting inspiration from their posts etc. It allows for free marketing of their brand, giving them a large voice in the online world at no cost.
All of these developments have helped every workforce in many ways and will continue to do so. Be open to recent changes being introduced as it’s important to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. Keeping your workplace tech-savvy will continue to increase your rate of employee motivation and help you keep track of your competitors.
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