The Evolving World of Technology in the Workplace
- May 30, 2016
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The evolving world of technology in the workplace in the past few decades has caused a dramatic change in the world of business, allowing businesses to expand rapidly and efficiently. These technologies have affected most aspects of day-to-day operations for people of all job titles.
Business technology such as video conferencing, social networks, wireless printing and virtual office technology has allowed workers to reach others around the globe in seconds with little to no costs and has removed many workplace boundaries that previously limited business expansion. The need to physically meet with clients and co-workers has dissipated as technologies now allow employees to communicate effectively from home or anywhere else in the world.
With the abundance of innovative technology also comes the rise of remote workers.
Remote work is a fast growing trend in the workplace. Studies show that the opportunity to work from home (or remote locations), with flexibility:
- Increases productivity
- Increases employee efficiency
- Decreases turnovers rates
- Decreases overhead costs, and
- Reduces carbon footprint
A large part of the community of remote workers consists of contractors. Our fast paced, on-demand economy is causing independent professionals, that are using mobile and technology to create work that is needed by businesses around the world. It is even becoming increasingly common for professionals such as realtors, consultants and marketers with years of experience to work independently.
There are a vast number of reasons why independent work is on the rise; however, there are two things that have fed the trend in a bigger way, lowering the barriers that once made remote working more challenging.
Co-working spaces are shared office like environments in which contractors and other remote workers, can lease and use on their own schedule. It’s not rare for independent workers to feel secluded, however the increase of co-working spaces in major cities are now offering freelancers an often affordable place to work with support and resources that are not always available at home or in a coffee shop.
There are now more ways to work remotely than ever before. Devices, apps, and other personal technology let us communicate with one another from virtually everywhere. Cloud-based team collaboration and project management tools such as Slack, Evernote and Trello have paved the way for indirect communication, allowing co-workers and teams to collaborate online.
These tools include voice, video, screen sharing and chat rooms that include both private groups and direct messaging. The majority of them offer searchable content, file sharing and the option to build checklists. All of the information on these platforms, unless intentionally deleted, is stored in the software and shared with selected team members in a number of different channels.
Although these new technologies offer an array of services and opportunities, they seem to be integrated by increased efficiency and productivity. Hey, if new technologies weren’t benefitting our workplaces, we wouldn’t be constantly looking for the new and best device.
The Growing Reliance on Mobile
Devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets together with broadband infrastructure and new applications are making remote work much more achievable and productive. The growing reliance on mobile devices (although some say distracting) has allowed us to be in constant communication and always ‘on.’
Our mobile devices can store hundreds of applications, productivity tools and much more. We are now able to share files, sign documents and have conference calls from a park bench.
Steelhead customers are able to print to their office printer from a home office or other remote location. Samsung multi-function printer users can utilize the Samsung Mobile Print application that enables users to print photos, documents, and web pages directly from their smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the world through a Wi-Fi access point.
Alternately, Samsung users can print through the NFC (near field communication) technology which allows users to “tab and print” from another android device (smart phone or tablet) when in close proximity to the printer.
Further, Samsung has integrated an android tablet interface into its multi-function printers which can be customized for the controls, apps, widgets and shortcuts that perfectly suit the user. Power users love having the advanced functions at their fingertips and those who like to keep things simple love the ability to rid their interface (control panel) of features they don’t use. New apps are being developed monthly by Samsung , ensuring that the equipment stays current for years to come.
The evolving world of technology in the workplace has led to a significant shift in the way we operate businesses, hire employees and communicate. The ability to work flexibly as a remote worker has become increasingly simple as co-working spaces, innovative technologies and productivity tools are on the rise. The abundance of new technology has paved the way of the future and if properly implemented, improve productivity, project management and communication in all levels of business.