With the rise of technological advances and social media use, technology addiction is at an all-time high. And the workplace is no exception for areas that are negatively affected at times by the increased dependence on smartphones and time spent online. In 2016, employers indicated that smart phone use was the number one distraction amongst their employees. While some businesses have seen technology as a major disruption to office productivity, some employers have found ways to take this very distraction and utilize it to improve workplace culture and efficiency. Below are just a few of the tactics businesses are employing to make technology’s ever-increasing influence work for them and not against them.
Increased Information Access
Technology has allowed information to be accessible anywhere at the drop of a dime. Many jobs can now be worked remotely due to the ease of access and online communications between employers, employees and consumers. By utilizing VPN and other online company intranet structures, employers can ensure increased workflow by opening more doors for employees to be productive, both in and out of the office. Additionally, having mobile access to pertinent company or product information gives employers the power to knowledgably market your business at any given moment in any scenario. This essentially means, employees have the ability to convert potential customers in more environments than just an official company visit or meeting.