How the workplace is changing

Office life as we know it has changed dramatically over the last few years, with technology being a major driver in almost every trend to have emerged.

We live in exciting times, when the workplace is no longer classified as being a location within four walls – it’s now a mobile, flexible concept that can be applied to anywhere in the world.

The way we think, communicate and carry out our duties in modern business would have seemed like madness only a short time ago, but in a world where everyone is looking at how they can get an edge over their competitors, the attitude these days is that the sky’s the limit.

Of course, when you mention the sky, many firms now instantly think about the Cloud – and how much of a contribution its adoption has made to this revolution.

The ability to carry out our work from home, the train and even another city or country has had a significant impact on how many companies operate. For example, firms no longer risk suffering a drop in productivity when their workers can’t get into the office for whatever reason. Instead, they can simply log onto the network and carry out their daily duties as they normally would from their personal computer.

Similarly, time spent travelling to business meetings can now be put to good use. If the train or airport has Wi-Fi capability, then employees no longer have to worry about falling behind in their workloads while they’re stuck in transit.

Another benefit of advancing technology is the development of unified communications. This is particularly relevant for organisations that have offices in several locations – allowing them to break down those geographical barriers to ensure staff across the company call all work together with ease. Instant messaging tools and email systems mean that a colleague is always just a keyboard clatter and mouse click away.

This increased connectivity only adds to the rising levels of efficiency that businesses are enjoying in the 21st century. The potential of shaving pounds off the bottom line is another plus point, with a reduced need to pay out travel expenses and streamlined systems all demonstrating the value for money the Cloud – and third-party suppliers like Canopy can provide.

One of the concerns some firms had about the adoption of this new way of working was losing out on the human element of doing business – that by choosing to communicate digitally instead of face-to-face, they would put themselves at a disadvantage.

However, this worry has also been addressed in the last couple of years, with video conferencing meaning body language and facial expressions can still be conveyed from one computer to another.

While it’s unlikely the traditional way of doing things will ever be completely replaced, it’s technology like this that can allow companies to find a happy middle ground – taking advantage of all the benefits the Cloud has to offer, without compromising on individuality and that personal touch that is often so important in day-to-day business.

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