How technology fits into the workplace is vital to overall productivity. In fact, 2/3 of Millennials say that their mobile device is the most important piece of technology in their lives. It is important to leverage this connection and integrate fluid technology into the workplace.
In our new Future of Work report, PSFK labs discovered that as electronic circuits shrink and processing power multiplies, modular and compact technologies are collapsing the size of computing accessories and helping facilitate the mobility of today’s workers. As a result, stationary workstations are giving way to more dynamic set-ups that support a wider range of technologies, enabling workers to easily plug-in at any desk and quickly get started with their day or take their ﬁles with them when they leave the ofﬁce to remain productive from a remote location. These ﬂexible technologies not only accommodate a wider range of work styles, but also encourage workplaces to rethink the very nature of how the physical ofﬁce is organized.
Harald Beck of Microsoft Office Labs says:
You don’t want to open up another app or another tool to be able to do a video chat or any other common capabilities that exist outside of our workplaces. It is almost part of your DNA, and integrated into the way you behave, to have these sharing, collaboration, communication powers and capabilities avail- able. In the context of your work they don’t exist. Our tools need to work to meet that demand, regardless of whether we are at work or not
Below we’ve higlighted two examples of the Fluid Technology trend:
- Consumerization of IT electronics has enabled workers to quickly pick up new technologies and find effective workplace tools that suit their abilities and elevate the quality of work.
- Tools that seamlessly integrate into workers lives enable them to tap into powerful technology on the fly and worry less about learning new skills.
If you’re looking for more trends, innovative ideas or themes changing the Future of Work, check out our full report for sale here or join us for our Social Media Week discussion with leading experts and industry innovators on Feb 20th. More information here.
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