We all know technology is growing and developing at a rapid rate, that is no secret.
It has improved the ways people work through history, and never it improved more than in this modern-day and age. Never in history was it possible that you can just pull up your laptop at home or in a cafe and work, earning a living like that. And that is just one way it has impacted our work, workplaces, and our life.
It has impacted workplaces around the world in more ways than you can think of.
Let’s see what are those ways.
More efficient, faster workflow
Efficiency and faster work are very important factors in a workplace. Employees work faster and more efficiently than ever thanks to the growth of technology. The tools that technology gives the workers enable them to get difficult tasks done in less time, keeping clients satisfied and workers happy.
Technology in the workplace also gives workers more free time for themselves, to relax or spend it on thinking about new, creative ideas.
Team collaboration – easier to work together
The development of online collaboration tools brought the ability to work whenever, from wherever we want. Never in history has this been easier and better. You can connect to anyone in any location. Technology facilitates communication among team members and reduces the time and expense associated with group work: from something as simple as sharing a document to executing a sophisticated engineering project.
Today, support for the remote workers is outstanding. With video chats, conference calls, VPN networks, and wireless internet, we can constantly stay connected as though we were sitting in our office rather than at home. The mobile workforce means that a company is not restricting its accessible talent pool to its geographical area and can even have offices for different operations scattered around the globe communicating and working together flawlessly.
This has also been a very positive factor for companies, in terms of savings. Companies that allow workers to work from home have a lot fewer costs since the worker uses his own space, hardware, utilities…
However, a percentage of workers said that they are lonely because of this since they are not being social and interacting with colleagues. And with that, their productivity level drops.
That is one of the biggest, if not the biggest impact of technology, the work itself being remote.
Dress code – new, casual look
You knew this will be one of the things that technology changed. Back in the day, workers wore uniforms or formal suits, but nowadays that isn’t the case anymore. Workspaces have become more casual and with that, the dress code has become more casual as well. Workers can wear a simple shirt, instead of a suit and tie. Keep in mind that isn’t the case everywhere in the world, but certainly, technology changed the dress code so much.
Technology is changing office design
You’ve seen it in movies and tv shows countless times. More and more big technology companies are designing their spaces to be more open, without walls between rooms with huge desks, hence the name “open office“. So, technology really did change the design, layout, and feel of the workplace.
No static office?
Because technology is developing and growing at a rapid rate, it has given us jobs that didn’t exist 10, 15, 20 years ago. And you can do those jobs on your laptop from your home office, bedroom, garden or cafe.
That gives the worker plenty of free time for themselves that you just couldn’t have 20 years ago.
Generally speaking, in this department, technology has given plenty of people more freedom in their lives and the number of freelancers is growing each day.
This is another huge aspect that has technology changed. Looking from a positive side, communicating online makes it much easier for workers to talk to each, other even if they are not in the same room, working on a new, big project. They don’t need to be in the same state!
But, it also has a negative side to it. Some bosses may ask their workers to be online and active after the workday has ended and that can impact workers very negatively, raising their stress level and unhappiness. This also makes a worker look at the screen the whole day, which is not healthy.
So, like most of the things technology changes, there are good and bad sides to it.
Focus is a very important part of work because “Focused hard work is the real key to success” as John Carmack said. And being focused is a really hard thing to do nowadays. Technology causes many distractions like getting a thousand notifications on your phone while working, multiple emails, entertainment services, and many other things. All of that keeps you away from an important task and makes it harder to regain focus.
A survey has found that almost half of students are distracted by technology usage in class!
Technology taking over
By now, we know that technology has changed the workplace and work itself in so many ways, unimaginable 15-20 years ago.
And it will change even more in the future.
Advanced technology may replace workers themselves, make a lot of positions and departments disappear, leaving those workers who have dedicated their lives to their job, jobless. And that is making a lot of people anxious.
We have to end this list on the positive side.
A big number of workers, almost half, is spending a lot of time of the week (quarter) on repeated duties. And that is where automated technology comes into play. It allows workers to have more time to spend on important and challenging tasks, that require more time and effort.
So why waste time doing a boring, repetitive job that technology can do for you?