The emergence of the digital world through the internet is arguably the most significant discovery of the 20th century. The world that existed in the yesteryears where geographical barriers provided huge limitations and challenges among people has been overcome. With a click of a button, nowadays, it has now become possible to connect in real time with other people in any part of the world. This has hence brought a significant change in the way businesses and other work processes are undertaken. This paper will discuss the different ways in which information technology has changed work and working practices in the past 10 years.
Communication in the workplaces has been transformed in major ways by the new technological advancements. With the advent of the smartphones, the social media, and chat sites have become a new medium in organizations. Through the use of networking applications such as WhatsApp, Skype, and LinkedIn among others, communication has become more simplified, instantaneous, and collaborative (Cunningham, 2018). As such, many organizations have integrated these media as the main platform for communication. Moreover, such applications have enabled people to work and hold meetings while at different locations through a system called teleconferencing.
Advances in technological information have brought in the use of robotics and machines in the workplaces particularly in factories and industries. The robotics are able to perform tasks that were previously difficult and repetitive when being undertaken by man-power. Although the machines have replaced many people, some skilled workers have also been employed to operate them.
In the business world, technology has greatly influenced how businesses approach their prospective customers. With the growing popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it has become necessary for businesses to integrate these sites as the main medium for marketing their products. As such, new employment opportunities dubbed social media management has been created which has created jobs for the marketers thereof. Companies that lack to incorporate social media into their portfolios are seen as backward and have lost a significant number of clients as a result.
Information technology has highly increased the security levels in the workplaces. Through the installation of face and fingerprint recognition features, firms have been able to secure valuable and confidential information. The same has also been used to restrict access to places where the company requires only authorized access to their buildings. Add to this, the installation of CCTV cameras have enabled firms to capture and recognize those who partake in theft or breakages in the premises. This has also reduced the cases of theft since thieves are afraid of been captured by the cameras.
The everyday improvements in information technology are causing remarkable changes in the way work and work practices are conducted. This has necessitated many firms to alter some of their previous methods of operation to adjust to the new technologies. It is absolutely essential that businesses keep up with these technological advancements if they are to compete with their counterparts.
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