As a leader, are you making adjustments for the workplace of the future? Technology and its impact on society is changing so fast, the workplace of the future is now. If you are not making adjustments today, your company will be unable to attract the best and brightest talent tomorrow.
You think I’m blowing smoke? Let’s consider 10 environmental developments occurring right now that indicate the workplace of the future is now:
- Mobile Technology – 83% of Americans own a cell phone of some kind and 42% of them own a smart phone, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
- Sleeping with Your Smart Phone – That’s right, 66% of smart phone users actually sleep with their smart phone in or next to their bed.
- Don’t Call Me, Text Me – 31% of cell phone users would prefer you text them rather than call them. This faster mode of communication will increase dramatically as younger, text-reliant workers enter the workforce.
- Internet Access – We are becoming more electronically connected with 77% of the American population having access to the Internet, according to Internet World Stats.
- Videoconferencing – 37% of employee time is spent in meetings. A study conducted by Verizon found that a five person meeting with four travelers cost over $5,000.00. Videoconferencing is a fraction of this cost. With the iPhone FaceTime feature and Skype, among other new developments, expect video conferencing to increase dramatically and air travel to decrease.
- Air Travel – Unless you own a private jet, air travel is increasingly difficult and stressful. Plus, ticket prices are rising along with airline employee stress levels. The hassles are endless when flying from A to B; smaller planes, smaller seats, fees for checked baggage, restrictions on carry-on bags and their contents, oversold seats, delayed flights, the upheaval weather delays cause on already overbooked flights, etc.
- Going Green – Serious discussions on the conservation of fuel and how commuters and travelers can make work style changes to conserve fuel and energy.
- Management Conservation – Corporate America is finding we just don’t need all these managers. We need a few good leaders who allow their employee-teams manage themselves. Flatter organizations are faster, agile and more innovative. Management is so 1950s.
- Workplace Flexibility – Cubicle farms will soon disappear because real estate is becoming increasingly expensive, running a close second to payroll. With mobile technology, employees can be more productive telecommuting a few days each week.
- It’s Not Where, It’s When – It is not as important where your employees work. What is important is when projects need to be completed. The signs are all pointing this direction.