The answer is too obvious. Yes, new technologies have really
improved the workplace. What begs an answer is the extent to which new
technologies have improved the workplace. We all know that there are two sides
of every coin. In other words, what is the flipside to the various technologies
that a modern workplace would have imperatively.
Let us explore the pros and cons of new technologies in the
- Technology has increased productivity. Employees
are more efficient than ever before. That is primarily because most tasks that
can be automated have been automated. No one has to crunch complicated numbers
or process a lot of data. There are software
and programs in place that can do
the mundane tasks. From simple math to complicated assessments, algorithms are
taking care of what would have otherwise needed some economics majors. Even
those who have a major in economics can now focus more on the human
interventions necessary than the repetitive tasks that can be done by a system.
This has had a phenomenal impact on the quantum of work being done by an
individual in a given period. It is fair to infer in this regard that companies
are now more profitable owing to this increased productivity.
- The flipside to that is many jobs have become
unnecessary or redundant and thus the growth rate of jobs is not flattering.
While technology increases profitability of companies with increased
productivity, it also helps to enhance those profits by cutting down costs.
Automating specific tasks, saving on manpower, eliminating the need of certain
positions and also overall increase in efficiency in the operations will cut
down costs, especially overheads. This benefits the workplace as a company
making more profits will have more perks to offer to the employees.
- Technologies have made collaboration simpler and more
effective, not just within a team working in the same office but teams
based offsite or across the world. People can work in real time, share files
that can run into gigabytes and host multiparty video conferences without any
lag. Working together has never been easier and it has never been more fun.
- Since the repetitive or boring stuffs can be
done by systems, employees can focus
more on their fortes. Designers can focus on design and leave the
replications for the system. Managers can focus on policies and let the number
crunching, reporting or even monitoring performances to the software in place.
From payroll management to accounting, paying taxes to complying with company
policies, everything can be taken care of by specific software.
- New technologies have a negative impact. They
can act as distractions or relying far too much on automation and systemic
operations can negate the significance of manpower but then that is the way a
company can stay relevant and fiercely competitive in this age. New
technologies are also necessary to ensure optimum
security at workplaces. From securing the servers to having an effective
firewall, company data must be protected from nefarious attempts.