Whenever technology news appears, they change things. It revolutionizes all industries, so it clearly affects the jobs within them.
The Accenture Technology Vision 2019 report starts with a straightforward claim: every business becomes a digital business. 45% of the respondents (business and IT executives) said that thanks to new technology, the innovation in their companies was significantly accelerated over the past three years. 49% of the respondents chose “accelerated” as a milder form to share their enthusiasm. Only 6% said that innovation stayed the same after new technology changed things.
What does this tell us?
Future technology will take things further. It will redefine the concept of an ideal work environment. Can we predict how that will happen?
Technology News: How Tech Changes the Work Environment
Automation of jobs – that’s the first obvious change that new technology brings in various industries. Many jobs in manufacturing are already replaced by robots. In the future, we’ll see this happening in public administration, banking, and all kinds of offices.
When you needed to get a document from a governmental institution, you took the day off and went from one office to another until you got what you needed. Now, you only require the document through an online service and you get it by mail or email. That’s really easy! Governments find it difficult to let their employees go, but they are certainly hiring fewer thanks to technology.
Did you know that Uber’s Self-Driving Truck made its first delivery back in 2016? Yeah; that was a big deal. This is a simple example of how new technology affects jobs: it makes some of them go away. Self-driving technology currently works only on the highway. But we’re not being overly optimistic when we say that it will make progress. That’s a realistic thing to expect.
Many customer service representatives and retail assistants will be replaced by chatbots. The customer will get their answers through technology, which will refer them to a real assistant if it’s an issue that can’t be solved the easy way.
People won’t necessarily be left without their jobs. They will gain different qualifications, and new generations will learn how to handle future technology. Technology is still operated by humans.
So how does the work environment of the future look like? Loads of devices and fewer people in the offices – that’s how!
Speaking of people using decides, SaaS (software as a service) is among the hottest technology news at the moment. Instead of buying apps separately, businesses pay subscriptions to platforms like Setapp that gives them access to full-featured apps for a minimal monthly fee. This is a great way for them to save money and try several apps to find the ones that work best for their teams. Currently, the SaaS model accounts for 24% of all applications that enterprises use. That’s big progress from 14% from 2016, and the trend is expected to grow further.
Let’s wrap up the discussion with the biggest change we’re experiencing: people no longer need to work where they live. The concept of remote work is great for both sides: you get a job over the Internet without serious expenses for moving and traveling, and the employer doesn’t have to pay for large office spaces. With various apps and the SaaS trend, this type of work will be getting more effective and productive in the future.
Technology Changes Everything
The workplace is changing progressively. We’re getting more technology news by the day, but the changes within industries won’t happen overnight. Everyone will have time to adjust. As employers introduce new tech into the working patterns, they provide training for their employees, so they can accommodate.
Technology is changing everything, from the way people work to the way people behave at the workplace. The good news is that organizations still need people in their teams. Technology won’t make the workforce obsolete. It will only impose the need for improved tech qualifications.