The technological revolution of our modern age is progressing at an ever-increasing rate, with households’ average amount of connected devices predicted by Deloitte to grow aggressively in the next 30 years. But how is this relevant to our workplaces?
COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
With the evolution of technology, we are now seeing increased interconnectivity transposing itself into today’s workplaces. With a far more mobile population, a significant remote workforce is emerging – with the most recently available statistics from the ONS showing 13.9% of those in work are now working remotely.
Currently, the UK finds itself amid a skills shortage. When looking at the shift in how we are all working, it’s possible that the answer to filling some of these gaps could lie in embracing modern workplace technologies and solutions. We can look at shortages of skilled individuals in the tech sector as an example of this. Though companies and tech start-ups from around the UK want to be able to compete with the likes of those in Shoreditch and the Silicon Roundabout in London, companies today needn’t have such a narrow scope for talent as a single location.
Instead, by tapping into other areas of the country or even the world, businesses can access skilled staff who can work remotely – spreading the workload and reducing the concentrated demand on skills. This also has the added benefit of increasing the appeal of working in tech to a wider pool of workers, as geographical location becomes of little importance. This solves one of the major problems companies face when spreading their search over a larger area: the possibility that potential employees may be resistant to a major uprooting.
To enable this growing mobile workforce, employers must explore tech solutions that empower remote workers. For instance, Microsoft Office 365 includes several different channels and applications to support collaboration. This includes Teams, for instant messaging and shared file storage, and Skype for Business for seamless video conferencing – allowing remote workers to interact with colleagues conveniently, regardless of location.
The really good news for employers is remote working can lead to an increase in productivity, as well as happiness levels, which not only makes an organisation a more attractive place to work but also drives efficiency. Throw in the added benefit that companies can address their skills shortage, and a tech-driven, responsive, modern workplace begins to look a very attractive proposition indeed.
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