How is communication evolving in the workplace?

May 30, 2019

Technology has transformed communication in the workplace. Stacked meetings and prolonged email chains are a thing of the past thanks to innovative tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Productivity platforms such as Google’s G-Suite appsSkype for BusinessFacebook Workplace and Trello allow workers to collect information and converse in one place, making life simpler for both employees and employers. Used by many top companies, these tools are helping boost productivity, foster company culture and improve collaboration. Below, we’ll look at how modern technology has transformed communication in the workplace.

Accessibility.

One of the top issues HR professionals deal with on a daily basis is the lack of organized or effective communication. Employees and employers are always talking to one another, making decisions and seeking new information throughout the day. Often times, that information can get lost or changed as it passes through several meetings and sideline conversations. Because of the advances in workplace technology, conversations and data can all be collected in one space and be accessible to everyone no matter their location. Slack, for example, is a central hub that connects employees to their coworkers and supervisors. It integrates with everyday programs such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs as well, making it easier for coworkers to share information. Like Slack, project management software programs allow data and dialogue to be exchanged quickly and efficiently, minimizing distractions and increasing productivity. All that to say, it’s no wonder top companies around the world have started to invest in workplace communication tools.

Work flexibility.

According to the latest Worldwide IT Spending Forecast by Gartner, global IT spending is worth over a trillion dollars. A large part of that is made up of companies investing in collaboration tools to better their internal processes. With work flexibility continuing as a top employee benefit, it’s never been so important for employers to invest in tools that take needed resources mobile. Workplace technology allows leadership to offer flexible hours and remote work options with a higher confidence that work will still get done. Software such as Slack even include features that allow managers to monitor when employees are on their computer and when they are taking a break. Many of these tools also allow multiple people to work on the same project at the same time. Employees can screenshare with their fellow coworkers or with clients that are out of town using programs like Join.Me or Skype for Business. This helps foster collaboration and company culture even when your team may not be sitting next to each other in an office. Overall, technology has become more human over the years, and employers should take advantage. 

We can help.

Each year, more companies are leveraging innovative technology in the workplace to help increase the quality and quantity of work. In addition to providing a more accessible and functional work environment, workplace communication tools have been shown to recruit top talent. According to a Future of Work report from Adobe, 81% of U.S. office workers say that state of the art technology is more important than food and beverages, office design and on-site amenities.

Not sure where to start incorporating new technology in your company? That’s what we’re here for. Our team of HR professionals offer a variety of operationalstrategic and administrative services that can help streamline processes, increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction in your organization.

At SourcePointe, we utilize our industry-experience to provide you with a multitude of customizable HR services, support, and solutions. All so your business can do one thing – more business. We’ll provide tailor-made solutions that fit your company’s needs while providing a solid return on your investment that pays off immediately – and for many years after that.

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