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Although it’s 2022 already, organizations are still picking up the pieces of 2020. That’s when the major shift of the work and business world happened. Thanks to technology, most businesses managed to keep their operations running with a few bumps on the road. Now, as the dust is slowly settling down, they’re concluding and preparing for post-pandemic work environments. All we know is it will continue to rely on modern technologies.
Continue reading to find out how technology is changing work and organizations in 2022.
The Rise of Remote Work
By now, it has become obvious that the pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives forever. One of those aspects is work. The majority of people are still working from home although the governments have lifted most safety restrictions. Throughout this time, technology has enabled remote teams to function properly. Still, most managers believe in-house employees perform better than online ones.
As employers slowly begin to recreate the post-pandemic office experience, employees hope remote work remains a norm in the future. The pandemic has proved they can deliver no matter where they work from.
Wellness as a Priority
Stress is a common feeling employees and managers share. Around 71% of managers described 2020 as their most stressful year at work in their entire careers. Since employees’ well-being correlates with their happiness at work, organizations are making wellness a priority. Not only will it make their employees feel better but also increase their work performance.
A recent study showed 68% of employees would rather open up about their stress issues to a robot than to their superior. That’s why leaders believe AI can help employees overcome their mental health struggles. A few companies now even use bots that check-in on employees’ wellbeing and report back to the executives.
The Evolution of Communication
The Importance of Cybersecurity
Most people don’t see cybersecurity as cutting-edge technology. Meanwhile, the speed at which it progresses ranks as high as most technologies. The reason for their constant development is the fact that new threats are emerging all the time. Although it seems at times hackers are inactive, they’re most definitely not. They’re waiting for the right time to attack.
Gaining unauthorized access to your business data is what they do best. The advanced technologies emerging seem challenging to them and they’re persistent in finding new ways to evade the ironclad safety measures. That’s why organizations are prioritizing cybersecurity technologies as a way to keep their online businesses safe at all times.
Virtual Reality in Technology
Whether we like it or not, innovative technologies are reshaping the world as we know it. In the sea of these changes, business owners and entrepreneurs see endless growth opportunities. Meanwhile, employees could use some training and upskilling to overcome technological challenges. As a preparation for the jobs of the future, employees can leverage new tools, such as virtual reality. So far, this technology has been used to improve the user experience and attract new audiences.
Unlike current video technologies, virtual reality provides state-of-the-art and inexpensive training scenarios. As such, they’re perfect for preparing employees all around the world for the future. Some companies are already using virtual reality for staff training achieving outstanding results in the retail industry.
The Emergence of Automation
A few years ago, most people worried automation would cost them their jobs. However, the truth is different today. Employees are looking forward to automation because it’s all about improving their positions. Leaders are aware of the fact their teams spend most of their workdays completing mundane tasks. They don’t do much real work. Also, employees can easily become dissatisfied with their work experience. Employee turnover is every manager’s worst nightmare.
That’s why leaders are slowly introducing bots aiming to take over those tasks and allow employees to focus on more meaningful work. Signing documents, scheduling social media posts, filling tickets, and providing customer service are some of those tasks. As a result, employees will have the opportunity to do the work they enjoy doing, while the leaders will be creating a positive and happy work culture.
Organizations have been getting used to the major upheavals that happened in 2020. Technology stepped up and helped them weather the storm. Two years later, the concept of work and business is still affected by evolving technologies in many ways. It’s expected this trend will continue throughout this year as well.