Technology is all around us, and everyone uses it every day. Whether it is your PC at work or the TV in the evening the use of technology has changed our lives forever. Technology has also changed the workplace. People no longer need to hold face-to-face meetings when they can have a video call instead. Important business decisions can be made as easily sitting on the beach as sitting at a desk in an office. The tools available for working remotely have never been more plentiful and this is set to be amplified in 2014.
Yet many companies are not keen to adopt these new technologies. Why should they make the change? How will it benefit their organisation?
Technology allows staff to make a choice about where they work. The use of smart phones and mobile technology has meant that staff can work on the move, catching up with e-mails on the train, or creating a report from home. If employees are given the right tools, they can make unrestricted choices about their day, it gives them the power to work in an agile way. A recent study has found that agile working would reduce absenteeism by 10%, saving the UK economy over £1.7bn per year.
“Dead-time” vs “Real-time”
Nobody enjoys their daily commute into work. TUC have recently suggested that workers in the UK spend an average of 200 hours per year commuting. That is just wasted time. By giving staff the right technology they can turn that dead-time into real-time.
Many IT systems that are currently running in UK businesses are out-of-date, and are actually holding companies back. IT managers are spending too much time looking after existing networks, rather than looking at new tools that could really add value. CEB recently found that 75% of infrastructure teams know they need to restructure to keep up with future business needs, but they are just not sure how.
The millennial generation are concerned about getting their work life balance right. To attract the right talent companies need to prove that they can coordinate the balance of work life and home life. By offering a flexible approach to work, people can become more productive, and deliver better results.
By giving staff the right tools and access to the superfast data they need, they will be able to work in a way that suits them. Office design will need to change and adapt to cope with the requirements of staff that use the latest technology. By encouraging a collaborative workforce you can increase a company’s profitability.