Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. In the last five or ten years, technological innovations have revolutionized the way we communicate, shop, manage our bank accounts, read news, work and play.
The office space has changed tremendously as well. The modern office has evolved a great deal in a short span of time. Advancements in technology, computers, internet, new software and tools have created more collaborative and effective workplace and increased employee engagement and productivity. Cubicles are a thing of the past. The future brings more flexible definition of an office space: standing desks, living room-style workplace, remote working… What are the biggest changes in the working environment in the last couple of decades?
The Rise of Collaboration
The development of online collaboration tools brought the ability to work whenever, from wherever we want. You can literally 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.
Technology allows businesses to have completely customized solutions for every aspect. Platforms designed with the businesses’ specific needs in mind enables the team to work faster and smarter, and makes all the processes more streamlined. Furthermore, custom software can provide a competitive advantage over the competitors.
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 in 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.
Including the modern ways of communication extends a business’ ability to attract customers from their back yard to all four corners of the globe. Social media provide instant interaction between customers and companies.
Not too long ago it would have been almost impossible to build strong working relationship among team members that don’t physically work at the same office. Luckily things like web-based video conferencing and real-time chat capability has transformed the ability to bring the global teams closer together. By using some simple and cost effective tools it can be very easy to create a “virtual water cooler”, replicating the important moments that we take for granted in face-to-face communication.