While Covid-19 impacted the economy, it could have been far worse. Just imagine if there were no apps, no Facebook Live or Zoom, or worse, no internet. Without having technological advances in the way we work, most of us would have lost our jobs. Those companies who were a bit slow in adapting to change either disappeared, or created a new business plan.
The most successful businesses are the ones who changed their working plan to allow employees to work from home; allow customers to pick up online orders from specific locations; or simply shipped out items through the mail, courier service, or courier apps. What’s even more exciting is that technology will continue to shape the future of how we work.
Working from home wasn’t entirely perfect. Many have shared the challenges they have faced. Perhaps the number one complaint would be their household internet service worked too slow to handle a high volume or data; and trying to organize and multi-task with other colleagues.
Employees must have access to their company’s resources from any of a variety of devices – computer, smart phone, or tablet. It’s important that the remote server is up to this task from a variety of outside sources.
Security of data and company information is also extremely important. This is something that has to be continually enforced, along with constant password changes.
Technology will adapt to any shortcomings that workers faced over the past year. Internet will become more reliable and fast, while software and app developers work to ensure their products work on all devices. We still hear of data breaches, so this is an ongoing battle to keep our information safe.
In the future, there will be even more businesses that have switched to online, and who allow their employees to work from home. Allowing employees to share data amongst their team and to collaborate together will become much easier.
One of the biggest advances is believed to be in voice control-activated devices and apps. Voice control enables for better multi-tasking, so that focus doesn’t have to be taken from your main task. Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are the best-known. New apps and software will likely have voice recognition software already built in.
With new technology comes new opportunities to learn. But since we’re not allowed to gather in small classrooms, e-learning has become the normal way of training new employees, or existing employees on new tech and software.
New technology will also assist businesses and companies in saving money. For example, allowing employees to work from home saves on office space leasing. If employees need to be trained, they can access an online learning portal, rather than being sent to the local college. Workers will also be able to focus on their own development, so that they have more control of their career.
If you believe your business or company needs assistance in improving workflow or upgrading software or hardware in 2021, please contact iConnect Technologies today.