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Changing Work Trends, Tools & Technologies

May 09, 2018
By Paula Bernier - Executive Editor, TMC

My dad worked for the same company from when I started first grade until after I graduated college. And he went into the office to do his job pretty much every weekday.

But the work experiences of my sister and I has been very different from that. Both of us have worked for several companies. And we’ve done much of our work from the road or the comfort of our homes.

This generational change is indicative of where work has been and where it’s going – or has already gone. And it’s prompting both employees and employers to change how they do things and think about work.

Of course, not everybody works remotely these days. But many knowledge workers do, at least some of the time. And, whatever their work location, the trend is toward both more employee or contractor autonomy, and greater collaboration. That may seem counterintuitive, but people need to stay in touch to stay abreast of the latest developments and to ensure everybody is on the same page.

“Sometimes, remote workers have to attend meetings via teleconferencing, conference call or videoconferencing session,” notes in this recent blog. “These capabilities are usually considered important for companies that use remote workers as they allow remote employees to interact directly with members of the home office team. This is especially important when the remote workers are located in different geographic regions and can’t physically be present in the same space.”

Tools and technologies that enable people within an organization to know how to reach each other, using what channels, and when can also be very helpful. So can applications that streamline and track workflow. Ongoing education is also important, and that can happen via conferencing, online resources, and other methods.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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