05 Nov How to remain motivated and productive in today’s digital age
As we head further into 2019, workplaces are becoming increasingly more reliant on technology. Whilst the misuse of technology in the workplace can negatively impact work performance, when used for business purposes, it can actually improve collaboration, employee motivation, and ultimately, work performance.
The advancement of technology has opened up a realm of connectivity opportunities for employees, with workplaces gaining the ability to hold face-to-face meetings and conferences with other off-site workers. Employees can use laptops or tablets to speak to their co-workers, using applications such as Skype or FaceTime. This not only means that meetings can take place more easily, but it allows employees to be more flexible; they don’t all need to be sat in the same room for the meeting to take place.
Employee collaboration has also become increasingly more sophisticated with the introduction of technology in the workplace. It’s become much more than employees simply sitting around a table to work on a project; workers can now collaborate on documents simultaneously, and use online platforms to share files and ideas. Trello, for example, is a platform where employees can simultaneously create and contribute to idea boards; Google Docs, on the other hand, allows multiple workers to collaborate on the same document whilst being on different devices.
Flexible working opportunities
The typical 9-5 working day is becoming less and less common, as technology has allowed for remote working and increased flexibility. It’s been suggested that employees who work with more flexibility are more productive – so it’s definitely something worth considering, if you haven’t already.
Having a portable device, such as a laptop or tablet, as well as access to collaborative platforms, allows co-workers to continue working together even when they aren’t in the same room. Employees can therefore easily work from home when necessary, allowing them to create a better balance between home and work life.
Today’s workforces are putting significantly more importance on boosting mental and physical health, with many employees becoming aware of the health risks that can come with sitting down for long periods of time. It also becomes all too easy to resort to convenience foods when working long hours – both of which can put us at greater risks of serious health conditions in the long term, as well as reduced productivity and motivation in the short term. Technology can help workplaces stay in-tune with modern methods of wellbeing, offering a realm of low-cost initiatives – such as yoga and meditation tutorials.
Performance and project management
The rise in technology has also allowed for more advanced performance and project management – something that not only improves overall workforce organisation, but also keeps motivation levels high. Monday.com and Asana are two popular programmes used to track the progression of projects, allowing employees to easily stay on-track with deadlines.
The advancements of technology have offered the workplace a wealth of benefits; but whilst it can transform a workplace for the better, it’s important to ensure that you’re using it to your advantage. If you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.