Technological solutions for the workplace are developing and advancing at a rapid pace. When you consider that tablets are expected to outsell both desktop PCs and laptops by 2017, what we take for granted now could be dramatically different in just a few short years. But it’s always worth remembering that technology simply enables us to improve the way we complete our tasks. Implementation of technology in the workplace is usually based on four key requirements; communication, efficiency, mobility and staffing.
Whether it’s conversations with clients or colleagues, the more conveniently and cost-efficiently conversations can take place in the workplace, the better. A perfect example of technology improving communications and the wider business is real-time video chats. Why is this so vital to the success of a business? Well, a video call reduces the need for a meeting (and therefore potential travel). They can cost less than a traditional telephone call if they take place online (VoIP). And most importantly, they enable members of staff to gather information and speak to internal experts in real-time therefore improving the service and efficiency of the business.
If technology isn’t making your operation more efficient then you are certainly doing something wrong. When you consider that filing in the past literally meant moving a folder into a filing cabinet somewhere in the office, technology has made a noticeable difference in the workplace. The time and resources needed to carry out particular tasks has been reduced greatly. For example, researching a subject in the past would have meant locating related books or sitting at a computer; whereas wearable tech in future will mean instant access to information via interactive glasses or watches.
There was a time when ‘the office’ was a place that workers commuted to and spent 8 hours per day from Monday to Friday; but those days are gone. Mobile technology and devices now mean that the office is a state of mind that workers tap into whenever and from wherever they are. A direct result of this is an enthusiastic, capable workforce that is no longer bound by the traditional ‘working hours’. By reducing commuting times and giving employees freedom to work from anywhere, costs are brought down and staff output is increased. And all this is now possible thanks to enabling technology.
Advanced technology in an organisation is not necessarily just about empowering staff to perform better. It’s also about making sure the best staff are employed in the first place. As technology has developed, so has the ability to map and measure employee competencies against pre-set targets. By using tech to measure these metrics, organisations can reduce staff turnover, decrease recruitment costs and ultimately ensure they employ only the best person for the job. With the human error aspect removed, a company can rely on technology to help make the best decisions for the business.
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