Technology trends that are changing how we work

Thursday, 24th March 2016

Technology trends that are changing how we work

Technology has transformed the workplace and has a powerful impact on the productivity and efficiency of employees. Mobile devices and cloud computing in particular mean that work is no longer a place we go, it’s what we do. Here are just a few technology trends that are changing how we work.

Working Remotely

These days, people no longer work solely from the office. They work from home, cafés, co-working spaces, meetings, public transport and while travelling. Advances in cloud technology mean employees can work anywhere, anytime, from any device. According to a KPMG cloud survey report, this has led to increased productivity, higher employee satisfaction and improved business operations.

Many workplaces have implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) system, where employees can plug and play wherever they like. This works particularly well in activity-based working environments, where offices are designed to support a range of different working styles, from creative brainstorming to focused working. It’s also a selling point for many job seekers and allows your company to have a competitive edge in the recruitment process. Of course, this also means you need to have security processes in place to protect your business from increased risk.

Workplace Flexibility

The right technology can allow staff to be more flexible, which can lead to better collaboration and productivity. Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, where all employees use the same technology, today’s working environment is about identifying the needs of individual employees and considering what technology they need to do their job.

Different teams have different needs, so it’s important to consider how these can be addressed using technology. By giving employees the tools they need to do their job more effectively, you’ll be creating a positive workplace culture and empowering them to take control of the way they work.

Employee Mobility

The days of waiting until you get back to the office to complete tasks are long gone. Employees need to be able to access, edit, print, share, search and send information from wherever they are. Think about your technology and see whether it measures up to today’s standards. Is it mobile friendly and easily accessible on any device?

It’s important to consider the needs of your employees first, then the technology. Consider where your employees will be working, what information they’ll need to access and who they’ll be collaborating with. The ability to be able to work from anywhere without compromising productivity is just as important for employees as it is for you, so think about what they’ll need to do their job well.

Virtual Teams

More and more, companies are creating teams that are located around the world. Technology such as shared workspaces and multi-point videoconferencing makes it easier for virtual teams to collaborate on tasks and provides excellent opportunities for training and education.

Connection is the most important part of developing virtual teams. You’ll need to have robust systems in place and top internet speeds, otherwise your employees will spend more time trying to connect and less time communicating. Choosing the best technology for your virtual teams does not necessarily mean using the latest platform or the one with the most features. Again, it’s about making sure the technology supports your employees and business objectives.  

How Axiom Projects Can Help

We develop strategies that align your technology to your workplace design, so you can help employees stay productive wherever they are. This includes:

  • defining your business vision and objectives
  • evaluating your current technology and future needs
  • developing a technology road map
  • designing technology that’s future-proof and easy to maintain
  • purchasing technology that aligns to your workplace
  • implementing guidelines and training to support employees
  • providing ongoing support and maintenance.

Looking to drive employee efficiency through technology? Get in touch with our team to find out more about our technology solutions.