Technologies such as the internet or mobile devices have become commonplace for almost everyone. Technology blurs the dividing line between work and private life, because employees can often work just as easily from home and are almost always reachable. In many cases, employees expect the same technology in their workplace as they use in their private lives. This means that the employer must facilitate this, which is also called ‘consumerisation of technology‘.
Imagine the possibilities that arise when robots enter the workplace in large numbers. Not just robots, but including smart applications that monitor the environment based on sensors and make its own decisions. Thanks to these developments, simple, standard tasks can be automated and various types of jobs will disappear within three to five years. Consider, for example, dangerous activities such as carrying out inspections at high altitudes, which can eventually be taken over by robots or drones.
Technology – Its impact on your world of work
Technology being the main source of knowledge
Thanks to technology you can make better decisions, make predictions, innovate and continuously optimize for more efficient business operations.
Technology is therefore much more important than it is today and offers many possibilities. The speed of innovation is currently extremely high, with technology and software becoming simpler and more accessible. The ease of use increases day by day and alignment with personal needs becomes the norm for organizations. Due to the rise of the ‘Internet of Things’, the integration of core systems such as ERP and IWMSnecessary to take advantage of the great diversity of new technologies. Not only to be able to monitor the large amounts of ‘Big Data’, but also to be able to interpret this data and thereby make it possible to adapt it to personal needs. Consider, for example, the use of sensors to measure the temperature of workplaces and make them transparent to employees. In this way, employees can choose a workplace that matches their desired ambient temperature.
Technology and software applications are indeed developing and becoming at its best in supporting individual workers. Much like safety gear such as helmets and work boots designed to protect the worker from harm, technology should serve the same purpose. That is not frightening, but rather a development to receive with open arms. Technology becomes your best friend. It is therefore important for facility and property managers to get to know that friend in time.