From automation and AI, to digital comms tools connecting workers across the globe, innovative tech is currently allowing businesses to streamline, become efficient and more productive. In fact, so effective is embracing the right technologies, that those currently doing so are up to 18% more profitable than those dragging their heels, according to the latest data from Teamstage. And these technological advances aren't just at the benefit of profit; many of these tools are contributing to the betterment of worker experience. Whilst employee wellbeing suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, job satisfaction increased by a massive 35% according to PwC data, as workers embraced new and improved digital tools.
To say that the pandemic had a hand in shaping the current trajectory of workplace tech is an understatement. LinkedIn's recent Technology in the Workplace report underlines the fact that Covid-19 has accelerated changes in the workplace and digitised it like never before. Tools such as Microsoft Teams saw a huge uptick in users during the pandemic, rising from 20 million users in November 2019 to 44 million in March 2020, then 75 million by April, according to the company's own data. Innumerable other tools have risen to prominence in the ensuing months, all aimed at facilitating better digital working. Onboarding, upskilling, collaboration and even meeting clients are all now easily managed with the click of a button. Unsurprisingly, LinkedIn's data claimed that the evolution of technology leapt over two years ahead due to necessity, and over 60% of those reluctant or unable to implement new technologies did so.