There are plenty of things that the modern workplace just doesn’t do anymore. We don’t have the same hours in one workplace, and if we do we have the right to change that. We also don’t even work the same way. On top of that, there is a very good chance that you know someone who doesn’t even have a conventional workplace.
One of the biggest changes has come about through meetings. Meetings used to be affairs where everyone had to be contacted beforehand, schedules checked and times set for a meeting in the same physical location. These days you can be on the opposite side of the world to someone and they can still have a face-to-face meeting with you through online video-conferencing. The most popular example of this is Skype, but there are hundreds of other platforms that let you meet with someone and discuss an agenda while being far apart.
We don’t use fax machines anymore either. Remember when they came out? They were seen as invaluable. These days people expect to be able to use a computer or a tablet and even a smartphone to send documents. With the speed of modern email and Internet connections, the humble fax looks very old-fashioned.
The printer, while still a valuable piece of equipment, definitely plays second fiddle to another piece of technology. The tablet is one of the most useful pieces of tech available today. With the advent of the cloud, workers are able to share documents and access them wherever they go. This could not have been even imagined ten years ago.
Remember ‘dress-down’ Fridays? They have gone and fallen by the wayside too, because everyone seems to dress casually these days, no matter what day of the week it is. The whole culture in the workplace has changed so significantly that the dress code is entirely up to the employer, and chances are they don’t care what you wear as long as it is smart.
We no longer have to use the phone in the same way either. If you use the phone a lot in your job, there is a very good chance that you will have been supplied with a Bluetooth headset to use. This makes things a lot easier and less tangled than they used to be.
The true benefit of this new approach to the workplace in general has come about through mobile working. With mobile working has come plenty of freedom. Managers are even starting to trust their employees to get on with their work and send updates through their devices or computers wherever they are. Entire industries have been set up around managing a mobile workforce. So the good bits like casual clothes and Bluetooth headsets are all well and good, but the fact that you don’t even have to go into the office these days is perhaps the biggest win of all.