Technology moves so fast that every year is a new opportunity for companies to go leaps and bounds ahead of where they were the year before, and 2016 is no different. Today’s office is radically different from the offices of a decade ago, five years ago, and even two years ago. Here are a few ways the American office is changing in 2016 — and why you should jump on board before it’s too late.
Companies Are Offering Telework as a Job Perk
Laptops and smartphones are so common in the American workforce that many companies are letting employees take their hardware home to telework at least part of the time. In fact, 50 percent of the workforce holds a job that’s compatible with telework (meaning they could work from home), and 80 percent of the workforce wishes they could telework at least part-time.
Along with telework, companies are embracing the idea of hiring completely remote employees because it opens up their job pool beyond their current location. The power of software means that a few downloads is all it takes to onboard an employee with the right tools and communication methods needed to stay in touch. Instead of choosing from 500,000 candidates in the surrounding area, they can choose from everyone in America, if not the world.
Project Management Software Is Replacing Long Email Threads
More than 75 percent of companies use project management tools, and 30 percent of project managers break up large goals into small projects with their own set deadlines and deliverables. Instead of tracking a project’s progress with a long chain of email threads, more managers use this software to visually keep an eye on employee progress. This also keeps all communication, from chats to video conferences, in one place with a concrete paper trail. Most managers say that they use this software to more accurately capture the time and cost requirements of a project, which reduces scope creep and budget overages.
The rise of project management software also plays into the remote work trend. As more employees work across the globe, they need to better track their progress and workload.
Security Is No Longer a Challenge With the Cloud
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Historically, the top reason for avoiding cloud adoption was security, but cloud education and encryption tools have made it safer for companies to store private and sensitive data without worrying about a breach. Currently 77 percent of businesses use private cloud adoption, and the biggest challenge faced by managers is a lack of resources of knowledge. As more companies opt for cloud security, there will be an increase in job positions that require knowledge of its security features. Companies will also look for affordable cloud options to reduce costs while increasing effectiveness.
These are just a few trends that are changing the American workforce through software. These may seem small, but they affect who gets hired, what skills are valued over others, and what the day-to-day life of employees looks like. Many of these trends are jumping-off points for further software changes in 2017.