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How new technology is transforming office dynamics

11 April, 2016

Office communications have changed dramatically over the last few decades with the introduction of new technologies dominating the work place. The once constant face to face office chats and meetings have been replaced in some cases with Instant Messenger (IM), WhatsApp, Skype and conference calls. These platforms definitely make office life far easier and quicker than ever before with the ability to send snippets of information at the click of a button to employees throughout the company, or have cross continental conversations day to day. Technology has definitely opened up new possibilities like never before and has made the world a much smaller place to be in terms of communications.

The other side to these technological advances however, is that less face to face contact between employees can result in a lack of creativity as the opportunity to bounce ideas off team members and brainstorm is more limited. More effort therefore has to be made between the workforce to schedule creative sessions and it is easy for intentions however good to slip and meetings to be postponed. IM can also be seen as a distraction and used inappropriately.

Technology has vastly improved and enhanced business and workplace environments, that is undeniable and whilst it is used effectively, with time still prioritised for face to face communication, it will continue to be an asset in business.