Sunday 13th May 2018

As the digital landscape continues to evolve and shift at a rapid pace as we see in workplace trends in 2018, businesses may find themselves struggling to keep up. Whether it’s a question of cost or of space, or indeed, of talent that can manage the changes, technology for business can be a wild beast to tame.

One thing is for certain: wireless is here to stay.

Not only does a workspace clearly benefit from a lack of messy wires, but the freedom and flexibility that wireless systems can provide is a no-brainer. Promoting pliability in the workplace is always valuable, with increased job satisfaction, creativity and capacity just some of the reported benefits. Taking the idea of flexibility and applying it to all areas of office technology can also be beneficial – hopefully leading to the same kind of results.

Cloud computing and increased real-estate costs further fuels an in-my-own-place, on-my-own-time regimen, yet the value placed on the physical ‘home’ of the organisation becomes greater”. ~ Kursty Groves and Oliver Marlow, Spaces for Innovation (Frame Amsterdam 2016)

Synchronise the working environment

Taking cloud computing one step further, the workforce should feel empowered by the technology they use, and should feel ownership of it. ‘Bring your own device’ type schemes can be incredibly helpful in creating that kind of feeling, and can also help increase productivity.

The idea should be to synchronise the entire working process – from computing to office culture. When technology is made easier and more accessible in the workplace, employees are able to focus on connecting to each other, rather than worrying about their connection to technology. Idea sharing can become a focal point, because the workforce has freedom and flexibility.

Creating flexibility with workplace technology

Cloud computing, when combined with ‘bring your own device’ type schemes and a focus on creating flexibility with technology in the workplace, can also help to bring down business costs. Cloud solutions are particularly useful to smaller businesses, or those who may want flexibility in the way they work – utilising co-working spaces, or working from different locations regularly, becomes far easier.

Finally, when looking at the overall synchronicity of cloud computing and its related schemes and features, remember to look to employees to set the tone and lead the way – in these ever-evolving times, businesses should ensure that the workforce can take control of technology, rather than trying to constantly play catch-up.

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