Technology is transforming the way that we work, and businesses have to keep up with these changes in order to adapt. Here are 5 key technology trends that will have a strong impact on the way we work now and into the future.
More and more employers are relying on a mobile, distributed workforce. This has been made possible thanks to the development of virtual collaboration tools, such as web-based team calendar software and resource booking software. Technological devices are also become smaller, faster, and more portable.
Now that a growing number of employees work remotely, companies are putting less value on face time and more value on the actual work that gets done. Furthermore, employers have the ability to hire the best person for the job, regardless of where they are located.
Optimized workspaces both enhance productivity and boost employee satisfaction. In an attempt to save space and make workplaces more conducive to collaboration, many companies have replaced the rows of cubicles with open workspaces and unassigned desks.
Mobile devices provide the tools and technology that most employees need to be productive on the go, such as team calendars, voice, and video conferencing. This makes it unnecessary for many workers to have permanent desks at the office. Providing hot desks allows companies to save on real estate while ensuring that mobile workers are accommodated when they come into the office.
Digital signage is rapidly taking the place of static paper signage. Organizations can display various types of content on digital signs, including meeting and event schedules, wayfinding, images, and videos. You can easily prepare and schedule content, updating digital signage players remotely via a central server. If you implement digital signs with touchscreens, you can encourage users to interact and engage with the signage.
Flexible working is an important trend because it helps organizations attract and retain top performers. Flexible working allows employees to balance their work better with their personal and family needs through flexible scheduling and other arrangements. Examples of flexible work include telecommuting, flextime, compressed workweeks, remote working, and part-time work opportunities. Flexible working creates a work environment that accommodates employees’ lives outside of work.
Paper logbooks have gone out of style because they provide a poor user experience and don’t keep your workplace secure. Visitor management software is used to identify, manage, and track visitors to your office, so you can automate your front office and free up receptionists to focus on other tasks.
It’s a lot faster to sign visitors in using a visitor management system because you electronically capture information. Hosts are notified via email when visitors arrive. Visitors receive printed, scan-enabled name badges, keeping your office and the people inside it secure. Companies can also use visitor management software to keep centralized and complete records of visitor traffic.
The future of the workplace lies in the cloud. Distributed workforces have more ways to collaborate and communicate than ever before. Technology is also changing our physical workplaces, simplifying them and making them more productive and efficient. Add-On Products offers a variety of solutions for companies looking to create open, innovative workplaces with real-time collaboration. Contact us to learn more about our add-on solutions for Microsoft Outlook® and Exchange!