May 21, 2015
The evolution of workplace settings started kicking in as new technologies and behaviors began to enter organizations, and became the norm.
We decided to make a list of some of these amazing technologies and behaviors, and describe what they were then, and how they are now.
Workplace Settings: Then and Now
Then: Heirarchies | Now: Flattened Structure
Gone are the days of the hierarchial model. With new flattened structures, anyone can interact with anyone else. Everyone is equal in importance, and respected for their contributions to the company.
Then: Set Schedules | Now: Flexible Working Hours
Employees are no longer required to work 9-5 schedules. Thanks to increased connectivity, people can complete their tasks anywhere, anytime, and on any device. The concept of flexible hours makes companies particularly appealing to new hires, and allows them to achieve a better work-life balance.
Then: Silos | Now: Shared Information
Most companies, especially larger ones, were previously known to be siloed and fragmented. This meant different departments and locations didn’t communicate or collaborate with one another. That only led to numerous complications in workflows. New collaborative technologies have broken down such barriers, so team members can share their thoughts, ideas, and work that was produced.
Then: Stern Leaders | Now: Inspiring Leaders
Research has shown that scaring employees into doing their jobs is not the ideal approach towards leadership. This is why leaders now strive to remove obstacles from the paths of their employees, to help them be more successful in their jobs and personal growth.
Then: On Premise | Now: Cloud Technologies
Cloud technologies make it easy and inexpensive to deploy social and collaborative tools for team leaders and team members. In many cases, the leaders are able to deploy the technologies without prior approval from higher-ups or IT departments.
Then: Email was King | Now: Email is Secondary
Emails are no longer the most effective way for co-workers to communicate and collaborate. Attitudes towards exchanging them have shifted, and people get angry if they end up waiting too long for a response. Multipurpose collaborative technologies are increasingly becoming the way to go.
Then: Working In-House | Now: Remote Working
An increasing number of positions these days simply require employees to be able to “connect to work.” This convenience allows employees to be able to work from their homes, coffee shops, or any other place of their choosing with an Internet connection.