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How technology trends are impacting workplace design

Technology has transformed the workplace and had a powerful impact on the productivity and efficiency of employees. Enterprise networks, mobile devices and cloud computing, in particular, mean that work is no longer a place we go: it’s what we can do – wherever. Here are a few ways technology trends are profoundly changing how and where we work.

Working remotely

Today, people no longer work solely from a single, ‘corporate’ office. They work from home, cafés, co-working spaces, meetings, public transport and while travelling.

Advances in secure corporate networking and cloud-based applications mean employees can work anywhere, anytime, from any device. This has led to increased productivity, reduced commuting stresses, greater flexibility and thus higher employee satisfaction – along with improved business operations.

Workplace flexibility

The right technology enables staff flexibility, leading to enhanced collaboration and productivity. There’s no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach, where all employees must use the same technology; today’s working environment must identify the needs of individual roles and deliver the technology they need to do the job.

Different teams have different needs, so it’s important to consider how the technology to best enable them. By giving employees the right tools to do their job more effectively, you’re creating a positive workplace culture and empowering them to take control of the way they work.

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Employee mobility

The days of waiting until you get back to the office to complete tasks are long gone. Employees need to be able to access, edit, print, share, search and send information from wherever they are. Think about your technology and consider whether it measures up to today’s standards. Is it mobile friendly and easily accessible on any device?

Consider the needs of your employees first, then the technology you need to support those needs. Think about where your employees will be working, what information they’ll need to access and who they’ll be collaborating with. The ability to be able to work from anywhere without compromising productivity is as important for employees as it is for you. New talent in the market considers mobility a given, so make sure you’re winning and keeping the best by empowering them to work they way they choose.

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Virtual teams

More and more, companies are creating teams across geographic boundaries. Shared workspaces, social enterprise platforms and multi-point videoconferencing make it easier for distributed teams to collaborate on tasks and deliver cost-effective opportunities for training and education.

Connection is a critical element of developing a distributed teams. You’ll need to have robust systems in place and provide top internet speeds, otherwise your employees will spend more time connecting and processing, and less time communicating. Choosing the best technology for your virtual teams does not necessarily mean using the latest platform or the one with the most features. It’s all about ensuring it will best support your employees and business operations.

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