The year 2021 faced new challenges and a turn of events. It is different from preceding years and most likely the initial stages of what is dubbed to be the “new normal.” The technological possibilities started in 2020 when suddenly a global epidemic hit us. On the contrary, the future is more brutal to predict now.
Fortunately, technological soar has supported the remote workforce. How did technology fair on this matter? It did change the way we view our work, and no doubt it is for the better.
Year Full of Surprises: 2020
The news on COVID-19 made us all lock ourselves at home. Most of our usual activities stopped. Luckily, the world we live in now has the technology to take us through. If not for pandemics, we won’t realize how far technology has been.
Early 2020 when significant cities around the world started locking down. We can do nothing but observe the calamity. A year and a half after, we are still in granular lockdowns. Optimistically speaking, 2020 is full of surprises, especially in how we do our work.
Workplace – The Extension at Home
Businesses need to open and carry out their activities to continue the economy. This time, technology will be their best friend whom they can count on. Most companies now allow work from home setups. Having an office set up with computers and cameras around is the new trend in 2021.
To carry out this setting, internet connectivity is necessary. For many, this new setup gives them advantages and disadvantages as well. Let us go first with the disadvantages.
Disadvantages of Work From Home
- Ability to focus.
Knowing that you are within the premises of your own home, the tendency to rest and take a nap is strong. Also, if you are looking for more minor children at home, they might disturb you in your meetings and essential work activities.
- Tendency to procrastinate.
The mindset at home is somewhat different from your mindset at the office. You procrastinate more at home, thinking you have ample time and always work anytime you want.
- The distinction between family and work.
Your home is supposedly for your family and nothing else. When you bring your work at home, you are setting limits and boundaries with your family. This setup will soon affect your family bonding and other activities. You have to create a separate room intended for work. Follow your routine at the office and see the difference.
Tools To Utilize When Working From Home
To connect with clients or at the office, you need to have cloud storage to work and collaborate efficiently. Big companies often hire software developers to formulate specialized computer programs to cater to their particular needs.
On the other hand, if you are a sole proprietor and want more straightforward applications, you can use Google Drive. You can also use the following for communication purposes:
- Google Meet
- Microsoft Teams
- Messenger Rooms
Advancement in technology includes AI algorithms that can provide real-time outputs and forecasts. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will simplify activities, reports, and other data analysis when integrated at work.
Indeed, working from home in this technology boom can make an individual more productive as they are in the office.
The Future of Work – Redefinition
Team members can do most business activities simultaneously in the cloud. Reports, files, and other data accessible to everyone will help each team member to work efficiently at home.
Gone are the days when letters are on paper. All communications are sent through email channels. Software developers can create pre-defined email hosting and communication servers if necessary. Moreover, apps like Skype, Slack, and Meet are essentials that need to be in your toolbox.
Team members can manage tasks through applications such as Trello and AirTable. These tools are designed for collaboration purposes. Indeed, working from home in today’s time is more manageable than you previously thought of in the past.
Knowing these ways of doing things gives us a glimpse of the future. We are in the process of simplifying our tedious tasks. If continuously improved, we will surely see a lot fully automated in the future.
Workplace Evolution – Devices and Tools
The evolution of tools being used at work is unprecedented. For example, accounting activities are too tiresome and require a lot of effort to make an excellent financial statement. Today, you can now use QuickBooks, Sage Accounting, Fresh Books, and dozen similar applications to complement your accounting problems.
For logistic companies, the improved barcode technology paves the way for quicker classification of items and particulars. Buying online is also a product of an ingenious mind. Directing things to their proper destination is just an easy task as a result of barcode technology.
Due to the pandemic, several companies adopted automated measures to make sure everything is expected to work. Workplaces have evolved significantly! Paper-based transactions are now digital, and team members can now accomplish several tasks through different online platforms.
Social media helped in the technological advancement of most workplaces. Today, the presence of a company on different social media platforms elevates its popularity, awareness, and sales. Moreover, jobs like social media management, content creation, graphics making, and the like have boomed over the past years.
The Wrap Up
As we go forward to a more digital society, our quality of work becomes more efficient. Team members can complete the most complicated tasks in just a matter of seconds now compared to years ago. Most data now are processed through computers, and cloud servers – almost electronic.
Of course, technology in workplaces is effective, especially in business planning, report analysis, forecasting, and decision-making. We are looking forward to when Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes over human tasks. That would mean two sides – loss of employment or a more manageable job.
Improvements in regulating AI technologies are necessary not to discount the welfare of the human workforce. Lawmakers must now create laws to safeguard these rights while continuing to live with the benefits of technology.