4 Tech Trends That Are Positively Changing Workplaces

From reporting bad behavior to allowing more flexibility, these advancements help everyone.


5 min read

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


Workplaces are impacted by a wide variety of factors, including changing ideologies and other external influences, both negative and positive. Technology is likely one of the greatest factors impacting workplaces, and it is also one factor that can have a truly positive impact.

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce report, engaged teams show 21 percent more profitability, and yet only 51 percent of individuals actually feel engaged at work. Considering this, it’s beneficial to employers and employees alike to consider the following four technological workplace trends.

1. The workplace is getting safer for everyone.

If an employee feels unsafe in their environment, complete productivity and satisfaction are unlikely. Fifty-nine percent of employees who observed some form of misconduct said that they were actively searching for a new place to work, meaning that employee retention depends largely on how well misconduct is managed. 

#NotMe, by example, is an HR platform advocating for employees who have witnessed and experienced misconduct while also arming employers with solutions. Through its AI-powered platform and mobile app, it streamlines the reporting process, empowering employees to quickly report on the job harassment or discrimination. Employers can then use these reports to create a safer, healthier work environment for their employees. 

Founder Ariel Weindling explained, “America’s work culture is in need of a major paradigm shift. Companies and employees need to work together to take decisive action to both address and prevent incidents of harassment, discrimination and bullying. For that to happen, employees and employers need modern digital tools that enable them to communicate easily around very complex issues. When we see incidents of workplace misconduct decline, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

2. Collaboration is easier than ever before.

Digital technology continuously impacts collaboration, transforming how work is completed and how employees engage with one another. Without the use of digital tools, collaboration is left largely to chance and proximity. Because of evolving technology, collaboration is not reduced to a common space or even geographical area.

Tools such as Slack and Google Docs have made it easy for employees to communicate and work cohesively regardless of physical location. Collaborative techniques within the workplace can boost productivity by 20 to 30 percent, according to McKinsey. While working together can be more difficult due to the increasingly remote nature of work, it’s vital to a company’s success. Technology can help organizations achieve continuity. 

3. Improved work-life balance is possible.

A study by Ernst & Young discovered that 76 percent of employees have a difficult time balancing their work, family and personal obligations. As a result, workplace flexibility is high on the list of employee priorities. While allowing employees to at least partially build their own schedules is beneficial to them, it’s also better for employers. A report called The State of Flexible Work Arrangements found that 78 percent of employees said flexible work arrangements made them more productive. 

Because of technology, flexibility is possible without sacrificing workplace organization or cohesion. Programs such as Slack and Trello make it easy for companies to communicate and designate tasks. There’s also Workplace by Facebook, which enables users to quickly chat or hold video calls. 

If employees can have greater control over their own schedules, then demographics often excluded from the workforce (those charged with childcare, for example) can still have access. Employees will find greater satisfaction in their work, and employers will see an improved workplace culture. 

4. Technology boosts efforts to support diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion create a positive work environment by encouraging new ideas to flourish. Different backgrounds and experiences will inevitably lead to a multitalented team with members who can make unique contributions. It’s not enough just to have diversity though, all members of a team must feel heard and included in order for it to lead to cohesion and productivity. 

Todd L. Pittinsky, a professor of technology and society at Stony Brook University, recently noted in the Harvard Business Review that “the more the members of an organically diverse society enjoy that diversity and see the visible benefits of investing in shared prosperity and the common good, the more secure and resilient that society will be.” 

The same can be said for the workplace, and technology can help. CEO Action’s Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias Bus Tour uses VR technology to show users how they are unconsciously biased, training them to gain awareness and challenge those biases they may not know they have. 

While individuals in the workforce often fear that technology will lead to automation-based job loss or workplace surveillance, there are an entire host of ways that technological advancements are changing workplaces to reflect the improved quality of life. 

As an employer, you will undoubtedly see your workplace shaken by advances in technology. You can choose to use these developments to the benefit of your employees, improving their work and personal lives in the process. As a result, you will likely see greater employee satisfaction, productivity and retention. 

Are you obsessed with work culture? Then you’re going to love my new comedy book called Don’t Drop the Prison Soap that shows the parallels between prison and startups! There’s also fun prison slang, life hacks, recipes and workouts.

Source

more recommended stories

  • Most U.S. Cannabis Cultivators Choose to Compete on Quality Rather Than Cost (Chart)

    Many wholesale growers are focusing on.

  • How to Build a Community Around Your Brand

    July 19, 2019 2 min read.

  • 5 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Your Creativity

    These tips could revolutionize your approach.

  • Use This Green Beret Method to Find Out if Someone Is Trustworthy

    Thinking about a new partnership? Check.

  • 9 Airbnb Rental Tax Deductions You Can Take for Your Vacation Properties

    Maximize your short-term rental tax savings.

  • The Unheard Voices of the Cannabis Social Equity Movement

    It’s fallen to the legal cannabis.

  • How to Make Money in the Freight Brokering Business

    One expert’s insights into taking advantage.

  • Jay-Z Gets Into the Pot Game (60-Second Video)

    Your weekly rundown of the biggest.

  • 3 Female Leaders Share Their Secrets for Starting and Growing a Business

    These lessons are a reminder that.

  • 6 Easy Steps to Making Connections That Make Money and Create Happiness

    Transform your career and make money.

  • This Female Founder Fought to Stay in the Game And She Just Raised $3 Million in Funding from Serena Williams, Mark Cuban and Arlan Hamilton

    July 15, 2019 5 min read.

  • Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals

    Attend this free webinar and learn.

  • How Digital Marketing Changed the 2016 Presidential Race and Will Change 2020’s.

    As an entrepreneur, there are certain.

  • NFL’s Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims Talk Cannabis: It’s ‘A God-Given Gift’

    Two battered former players who never.

  • 3 Ways AI Can Help Businesses Improve Customer Relations

    The power of AI can lead.

  • 4 Essentials for Complying With the New Data Privacy Regulations

    Consumers need reassurance and protection from.

  • Why This Entrepreneur Says to Check Your Ego at the Door

    July 13, 2019 1 min read.

  • CNBC’s Tim Seymour Talks About Cannabis M&A, Private Vs. Public Markets

    Cannabis is good investment, unless you.

  • 3 Areas Where Enterprise-Focused Startups Are Poised to Make an Economic Impact

    How do you improve efficiency by.

  • What Really Causes Depression?

    Here’s what every entrepreneur needs to.

  • The Unexpected Philosophy That Led Me to My Biggest Closed Deals Ever

    Forget the conventional sales wisdom; if.

  • How This Founder Overcame Challenges He Never Saw Coming

    This entrepreneur and Yale dropout hoped.

  • How to Make Promising Opportunities Come to You

    Grow your business and personal passion.

  • Sacrifice Your Way to Your Dream Job in Sports

    This former mailroom worker talks about.

  • Jay-Z Gets Into the Pot Game

    The legendary rapper/entrepreneur got 99 problems.

  • Fitness Professional Jay Dang on Why Confidence Is the Key to Success

    You have to earn it. July.

  • WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Launches in 2020, and It’s Bringing ‘Friends’

    The streaming service will come loaded.

  • 6 Quotes on Business and Life From Billionaire and 2-Time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot

    The philanthropist died on Tuesday at.

  • Work-Life Balance Is Essential for Entrepreneurs

    If your life is out of.

  • How This Entrepreneur Built a Million-Dollar Business by Focusing on These 3 Strategies

    July 8, 2019 3 min read.

  • USA! Americans Spent $400M on Cannabis for Fourth of July

    Legal marijuana is not yet as.

  • What If Renting an Apartment Were as Easy as Booking an Airbnb?

    AI startup Block wants to make.