Society is moving towards a digital future. Digital media has provided people with a level of interconnectedness that no era in human history has ever experienced before. People from different backgrounds and countries can instantly connect in ways that were unimaginable just years ago.
Digital platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make globalisation easy as they’re ideal spaces for socialisation. They’ve also become new alternatives for marketing and advertising.
Marketing has reinvented itself in response to the digital presence growing globally. Companies have taken advantage of it to reach audiences that were once unreachable. Smaller businesses can now compete with larger ones through online engagement. Digital products like eBooks and apps are now the norm.
And recently, communication apps are redefining the meaning of office spaces. They could be simple group chats where colleagues can talk informally or more professional channels like microsoft teams meeting rooms.
Workplace Changes Due To Digital Technology
The digital revolution has redefined work, and in some cases, invented new work avenues. Outsourcing, hiring another person or company to do work, has become a norm. Increased accessibility has created hybrid companies with employees all over the world and no fixed office locations. It is now possible for a company to solely exist and operate within the internet, and you are no longer limited to only looking for jobs available in your area.
Digital tools have made the majority of jobs more efficient and productive. Processes that used to take hours can now be automated with simple AI tools or speedily done compared to traditional methods. People could buy stuff from an online store without lining up, and have their receipts available right after purchase, rather than waiting for it to be printed or written.
Coordination has become easier. Communication tools help facilitate information exchange far better than email and traditional methods. Notices can be sent out, files can be shared, and progress can be tracked in seconds. All of these can be done without being in an office setting.
Communication apps are used to hold meetings or conferences remotely, which can be more advantageous than physical ones due to digital support tools. You can easily participate in meetings from home, saving you more money and time. Popular apps include Zoom, Skype, Fellow.app and microsoft teams meeting rooms.
The Future of Workplaces
The percentage of people who use the internet continually grows, generating more demand for goods and services to be available digitally, particularly in basic needs and services. Shopping can be done online, from clothes to groceries. Even finding partners through dating apps is possible.
This digitisation trend means businesses have to step up and grow their digital presence, with work being more focused in digital spaces. What digitisation lack right now, though, is the feeling of being real. Most people look at it as fiddling with a device and staring at screens, but with currently developing technology like 5G, and augmented or virtual reality, the possibility of immersive digital spaces is not far off.
In a few decades, you might be working in a digital rendition of an office, complete with your avatar. There’s no need for a computer, you just plug in your VR set, and you’re good to go. Simulations that can mimic physical proximity and human interaction might just be where workspaces are heading.