How Technology Has Changed the Modern Workplace
For innovative office space, Derby is first-class. Here at RTC, we’ve seen a huge change over the last few decades in how businesses structure their working days. Much of this change has come about through advancements in modern technology, which allows businesses to encourage collaboration and boost productivity throughout their workforce.
Going to work used to be so simple. You got up, got dressed, ate some breakfast, then caught the train or got into the car and arrived at work, where you stayed at your desk until home time, except for an hour at lunch. Remote working has changed all that.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and the shift towards Cloud Computing has meant remote working has never been easier. An employee with a phone and a computer can access exactly the same desktop, with exactly the same applications available to them, at home, in a hotel or at work.
Coupled with internet telephony (the technology that uses the internet to route your phone calls), your employee can link their phone to their office phone number and callers never need know they’re still in their pyjamas at lunchtime.
Gone are the days when to be part of a team meant actually meeting up with your teammates. Technology has come to the aid of business here. Cloud solutions such as Google Drive enable documents to be edited collaboratively – across the globe if desired, while virtual office systems, such as Slack, and video conferencing allow brainstorming sessions and meetings to take place even if the participants are working from home, at remote offices or at a client’s site.
The office environment
Changes in working practice have meant changes in office layouts. Offices have become more open-plan and offer a variety of workspaces to support different work tasks. Dependable WiFi and high-speed internet connections are now high on the wish-lists of businesses looking to relocate their offices.
For businesses, these changes can only be good if they are embraced wholeheartedly. If a business can get away from the idea that “core hours” means shackling workers to a restrictive 9-to-5 schedule, and instead means providing workers with the flexibility to work at a time and place that best suits them, then they can significantly reduce office costs by providing fewer desks. And if employees feel trusted to get their work done under their own terms, without needing a manager in the adjoining office, they can be much happier and more productive overall.