Of course, one might argue that technology that ends up slouching the office isn’t really a great thing. But, could there be something better than spending your day with your nose buried in a book or spreadsheet? The answer is yes.
Opportunities to interact and gain an understanding of your company’s goals. Employees can collaborate and learn new skills to enhance their job performance. And their understanding of the business. Then it’s safe to say that working for a fitter company means getting off the treadmill.
Although this study was conducted at a large aerospace company, it is not meant to discredit all the benefits of collaborative technology and software.
Instead, it makes bold statements about the true benefits of solutions like COVID-19. But, looking over the results of this study helps us understand how effective these can be for employees, and this changes the focus on how we view the resources that are available to us.
Is collaborative technology the future?
Many companies have invested in collaborative technology and software because they believe it will save time for employees, or give them more work-life balance, or make their work more efficient. In fact, these three reasons were offered by 77 percent of participants in this study.
Ultimately, the reason collaborative tools are helpful is that they give you access to the information you need. You can work remotely from home or any other country. And can give you the ability to go through the same processes as your company’s best employees.
The study found that 44 percent of other participants believed collaborative technology gave them access to an on-demand expert. In other words, they have someone who isn’t in their direct department or knowledge area that can answer questions whenever they have them.
So, employees worked from home with accessibility as well as were doing their job easier during. But of course, there are not many companies that are willing to invest in and deploy collaboration resources. At least not just for their employees’ personal development.
Have employees’ priorities changed?
And another problem is that employees aren’t willing to go back to work. They have changed their priorities since the pandemic.
No longer do they wish to be the best pound for pound in their department, but they want a greater feeling of cooperation. They want to work together with others and see a goal on the horizon. They prefer to do this with the aid of collaboration tools that they have gotten used to at home and work.
By working from home, they also gain a better work-life balance. College students get to invest more time in studying. And working parents get to spend more time with their kids. This experience was something that their employers can’t take back.
“Over time, it comes back to this great phrase that I like: Working smarter, not harder,” said Bill O’Boyle, senior director of COVID-19 at Raytheon. “I think that’s what collaboration is about: It’s about working smarter. From wherever.”
Therefore, we will be seeing new era dawn. In this era, employees will seek a better work-life balance. And demands for collaborative technology will also experience a rise in the marketplace.
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