Talking Tech – 5 Technologies Changing the Modern Workplace
Technology has changed the way we work almost beyond recognition. We are not only working on a larger scale but with more efficiency in both cost and productivity. However, technology is moving at a swift pace, and it can be a challenge to keep up with what’s available and how we can keep adapting our workplaces to be more efficient. If you want to make as many changes as possible to better your bottom line, here are a few standout players.
Cloud-Based Phone Systems
Did you know that a traditional business telephone system is no longer the best option on the market? While it might be all you know, there are far better options such as a BroadSoft-hosted PBX that can transform how you run your business.
Traditional PBX, or private branch exchange phone systems require a significant amount of space, hardware, and investment to keep going. A cloud-based one, on the other hand, is sophisticated and runs on your internet. It offers all the traditional benefits of a regular phone line, but with scalability, security, and far better mobility.
Integrated Workplace Management Systems
Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) is a relatively new phenomenon that not all businesses see the value in yet. It can improve your productivity, your staff happiness, and give your company a better reputation for efficiency. Such systems enable you to incorporate several software functions into one convenient system. Instead of opening ten programs for the day, you can use just one and see every stage and process from start to finish.
A lack of communication can cause many problems in the workplace, but not having a means for seamless communication can often be why those issues occur. New technology has given all corporations the tools for allowing staff to work together seamlessly for the benefit of the business. It has never been easier than today to complete team projects. All your business needs is a program such as Slack or Google Groups, and you can upload tasks and delegate them to specific team members in real time.
Cloud-based servers have become popular in recent years, with more and more businesses dumping their cumbersome physical ones for a server you can’t see or touch but will house all your data. As a result of having to store less hardware, businesses can downsize and save money on floor space as well. However, that’s not to say the move is right for everyone. It pays to shop around and weigh up the pros and cons of whether a shift from physical to the cloud is right for you.
If you want your workers to experience a better work-life balance, remote access technology is how you will achieve it. With the right mix of mobile and cloud technology, you can benefit from an interconnected workplace with your team being able to work from anywhere in the world. They can connect via virtual conferencing and use internet messaging programs to communicate as effectively as if they were in the same building. What’s more, remote access opens up the pool of potential job candidates. You can hire anyone anywhere in the world.
It’s hard to believe that most workplaces used to work with a pen and paper and not a lot else. We now have more technology at our disposal than we ever thought possible, and it’s changing the modern workplace in many different ways. If you haven’t yet tried out these technology types above, then there’s no better time than now to take a look.