The evolution of workspaces is the best representation of what technological development has brought to this environment. What would you have preferred? To work in an office with a typewriter and have long coffee breaks or in today’s fully equipped open spaces with several screens at your disposal where you spend most of your time? I am sure some people miss the old days.
The use of management tools
Whether in our personal lives or at work, the use of online applications, management tools or other examples of technological development is only increasing. We experience the same improvements at home as much as in the office: better communication, organization, increased productivity, etc.
I still remember my first day at ThereSheGoes. The first meeting was to learn all about different IDs, passwords and tools the team uses. First reaction? I wanted to take my notebook and write everything down. Quite old-fashioned, right? That was before the last management tool my colleagues adopted, the password manager. Only one password to remember, pretty handy, except when one forgets or loses this famous one and only password. And of course, one of us did!
There are plenty of professional management tools. To name a few in our case: Google Drive, Hubspot, Trello, Toggl, Buffer, WordPress and so on. From simple cloud storage and a shared calendar to automatic social media posting, there are many ways to improve the productivity of your team.
Avoid the downsides
This massive use is beneficial to a certain extent. It happens that some managers abuse the “control” tools on their employees. Constant checking on the performances of each individual can become a source of stress for a team. When adopting these tools, it is essential to make the difference between “encouraging” the staff, and “spying” on them, an important balance on the road to benevolent management.
The impact of new technologies on productivity is sometimes so severe that some people have a legitimate fear of these advances destroying too many jobs. However, in most cases, these tools serve only as a support. In fact, findings from 2019 show that new technologies create more jobs than they destroy.
Just as it is increasingly relevant for society to separate professional and personal life for a better balance, it seems that a third life is entering the equation: the connected life. Not to mention addiction, which would be a completely different topic, since we struggle more and more to disconnect. Good thing or bad thing, it is up to us to choose the impact of the digital world on our daily life. At the end, who hasn’t at least once preferred a social media break rather than a coffee break?
Remote working after Covid-19
With the current global health crisis, we realized how much these communication, organization and other tools could change and disrupt our work habits. While remote working was mostly reserved for modern structures or specific positions, the situation required that most companies had no other choice than to adapt, modernize and therefore relax their HR policies to encourage or at least facilitate occasional remote working. Suddenly, these tools opened up new possibilities and new perspectives for employees. Flexibility wins, but at what cost? What is the difference between being connected with loved ones and colleagues, social networks and e-commerce platforms? Moreover, the increased mental load, the multiple roles and isolation became a source of distress for nearly half of the employees.
It is hard to have a clear opinion on all these tools and their impact on our daily life and mental health. However, human contact remains the basis for a healthy and balanced life. Until this is possible again, let us ask the question: when we return to the office, will you be more for a coffee break or a social media break?