New Trends In Office Technology
The newest trends in office technology are changing the dynamics of the modern office and enhancing the productivity of a mobile, active workforce. Organizations are changing the way they operate on a day-to-day basis and have shifted from adapting technology to fit their office environment, to changing their office space to fit their technology.
A high-tech office environment is an apparatus that companies can use for talent recruitment and retention. Indeed, a 2016 CBRE of 229 corporate executives reported that over half believe that maintaining a cutting edge office environment is a smart way to attract and retain top employees. Some of the most modern companies are developing office spaces that are “smart environments,” or a network of objects that can send and receive data - to maintain a cost-efficient, highly productive work environment.
Office planners today are seeking to automate some of the time-consuming tasks that could erstwhile be used for innovative work. Technology is being employed to alert staff when office supplies are running low, take the hassle out of and helping new hires get the lay of the land during the onboarding process.
Gone are the days of sedentary employees tethered to their workstations by a phone and computer. In fact, recent research has revealed that at any one time, in an office space are unused. With all of that unused office space, companies are seeking to cut the cost of real estate in favor of shared or temporary office space.
Office sharing is an innovative cost-saving option for small or start up firms because they can spend capital on research or talent acquisition and not on high commercial lease rates.With telecommuting becoming increasingly more widespread, smartphone technology lets an employee stay connected with the office no matter where they are located. Advancements in office technology are also helping companies adapt to a workforce that prefers to conduct business in places other than a traditional office.
Softphone technology lets companies utilize VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone systems to ditch stationary landlines and instead maximize the use of already-deployed laptops and smartphones by using them as part of the office phone system.
Organizations are responding to the changing demands and dynamics of the modern workforce with the help of technological innovation. Telecommuting, shared workspaces, and mobile technology allows companies to serve clients from anywhere, not just from a central headquarters. As technology and work preferences continue to change, the American workforce will undoubtedly look much different by the end of the next decade.