With modern technological innovations we are more connected than ever.
The rise of smartphones, social networking sites, chat apps and more has brought communication to a new level, allowing us to connect with people from across the globe without ever having to be in the same room.
How and where we work is now vastly different – and so are the tools we use to communicate with our colleagues.
First computers revolutionised how we conducted work, allowing us to share data and promote businesses across the globe in the blink of an eye. The World Wide Web further changed the workplace beyond recognition, giving us access to a world of information at the tip of our fingers and the ability to connect with colleagues all over the globe.
You can send emails, chat to colleagues via Skype and conduct conference calls with anyone no matter where they are in the world, opening up a whole new world of business opportunities.
With the help of technology, you no longer need to be present at your workplace at all times. Remote working software has made it possible for individuals to break out of the office and into the real world, turning any location into a personal mobile office.
It means that workers can get stuff done while on the go, and allows businesses to broaden their employment horizons as they don’t need to factor in geographical location and travel.
It allows us to engage in a global office with no time zones that work around employees, eliminating potential childcare and commuting costs and maintaining a happy workplace.
You can engage in other important works outside the office, and keep in touch even face-to-face with your colleagues at the office through video chats and conference.
It is simple to set up a conference call anywhere, and at any time. There is free conference software that can be downloaded onto a number of different devices, as well as phones with conference capabilities.
Accompanying apps allow you to share presentations for people to stream and take notes from all at the same time as well as chat rooms to send files and ideas – it’s almost as if you are all present in the same meeting room.
Similarly, social media not only allows colleagues to connect with each other, it allows businesses to market themselves to the entire globe.
Visual content such as text, videos and images can be shared to page followers and friends to create a buzz around a business.
There are multiple free and paid-for platforms that you can choose from based on your business needs and what you want to achieve from your posts. You can connect with similar businesses to discover trends, and research what will help the reach of your content.
While social media posts come with their own set of limitations and dangers, it allows users to communicate like never before with a worldwide audience to propel a business.
Technology even allows us to collaborate on projects together without the need to be physically present. Presentations can be collated, products designed and marketing material produced all via programmes and applications.
The change in workplace communication through technology has not proved plain sailing for all businesses. Having workers in different locations diminishes face-to-face communication and can prove troublesome with connecting over urgent tasks.
If devices malfunction or stop working, it diminishes communication, and some meaning can become lost through using technology that does not pose a problem when workers are physically present.
Despite this, technological innovations have aided communication across the globe and helped businesses establish themselves further than ever before. We now have the limitless database of communication tools that have brought us closer to the entire world, and we see no signs of it slowing down.
Workplaces no longer need to be centralised in one location. With the use of technology, we have broken down walls and propelled businesses into a new age of communication.