How technology is revolutionizing
The biggest changes technology has made to office communication is improving work efficiency via effective collaboration. There has been a proliferation of collaboration software and other tools to achieve set goals. Improvement in collaboration has made workflow easier and faster and requiring less physical interaction.
While physical meetings are far from going extinct yet, they are becoming less favored as against new digital methods such as emails and video conferencing. Workers spend a huge chunk of office time in meetings that unnecessarily drag on and on. However, technology is fast making physical meetings outdated.
By cutting down on face-to-face meetings, workers can channel the extra time to more productive duties. Also, the introduction of project management tools such as Trello, Asana, Jira, Microsoft Project, Slack, Deltapath 0365 Connector and many others have strengthened teams and ensured smoother-running projects.
The decrease in the amount of needed face-to-face interaction is responsible for the rise in remote work. If you can carry out your work and collaborate effectively with other team members without having to be with everyone physically, then there is almost no need to work from a shared office space.
Technology is guaranteeing increased flexibility when it comes to working. Members of a team can be miles away from one another and work would still progress smoothly with the use of project management and video conferencing tools. Therefore, we are seeing a more dispersed workforce in many organizations than we used to have. So far, about 66% of companies have some workers working remotely while another 16% have their entire workforce dispersed.
The rise in remote work also means the elimination of traditional 9-5 working hours. Rather than being bound to a never-changing schedule for years, workers can not only choose to work wherever they want, but also whenever they want. This has likewise given rise to the freelancing and gig-economy. Increasingly, technology is making people work on their own terms, rather than being bound to a single employer.