Technology at work has not caused a robot revolution but does enables humans to be more efficient and productive.
There would be a brave few who would argue that technology at work hasn’t changed the way we work. The technological transformation of the workplace is well into the next wave – remember how the fax machine was leading edge when it was first introduced? It evolved from using thermal paper with the magenta stripe when close to the end of the roll to radically using regular photocopy paper. Technological evolution has progressed so far that there is an entire generation that has entered the workplace without any idea what a fax machine is let alone how to operate one. This is further evidence that you need to constantly review and keep up with emerging trends in technology.
Technology as an enabler
In the olden days, before email, before scanners, before the internet, people still produced quality results. Technology at work has simply made it easier and faster for us to connect ideas, collaborate with other and deliver results at a higher rate. The quality of the deliverables may or may not have changed by the methods of working has certainly been forever altered. Interestingly, we have retained strong links to the origins of technology at work for example, the qwerty keyboard has changed very little since it’s invention and introduction more than a century ago. There have been other formats that have taken hold with niche groups (the Dvorak being a cult classic) but the qwerty keyboard still reigns supreme.
One of the biggest fears of introducing technology to the workplace was the replacement of human labour. In some cases, automation afforded by technological advances (particularly in the manufacturing industry) has resulted in job losses however, the very same technology has created new roles to sustain and improve the automated systems. One such example is the automation of the car assembly line. While roles have been replaced by machines and robotics, new roles have been created that did not previously exist to operate and monitor the machinery and in the research and development areas. Yet another example of the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Technology enables people to focus on more creative and innovative tasks which speaks to the essence of the human condition – this is how we add value to our companies and organisation. While a person can perform mundane repetitive tasks, technology has freed up this resource so we can employ higher level thinking skills to solve workplace problems.
Technology at work has meant that we can automate many functions and some have argued that this has made humans lazier. At the same time, information is easily found online whereas previously, people would have to contact experts, and then read and interpret complex information. Now, we reach for our laptops, mobile telephone or iPad/tablets to ask the internet to give us the answer – why think for yourself when you can just Google it? Has this made us lazy? Binary sees it more as a smart daptation rather than a sign of weakness – humans have evolved to tap into the vast pool of information that is readily available at their fingertips.
Binary Limited enjoys being an early adapter of technology and assessing the potential of technological developments in practical workplace environments. We take this knowledge, gained from experience and experimentation, and use it to improve the work environment for our clients.