Computers have changed drastically in the workplace over the years, adopting various new functions and providing more room for innovation and business development as a whole. To this day we are continuing to exploit the true potential of computers in the workplace. We became used to treating them simply as devices that could work faster and more efficiently than ourselves when it came to maths problems or data entry, although they seem to have changed the future of the workplace quite dramatically in more ways than one.

The earliest computers gave us the opportunity to negate the potentially damaging effects of human error, especially with data entry, finances, payrolls and other important information being a regular day-to-day occurrence in the workplace. The speed at which they can carry out these tasks is what gave them their appeal, saving employees plenty of time and providing a more concentrated focus on other important aspects of the business. As computers have developed we have seen handheld devices adopt similar functions that can improve the accuracy and efficiency of certain tasks. Whether it’s a mobile phone or tablet device, applications or “apps” have started to offer both practical and organisational benefits to employees.

Computers were never really intended for communication purposes, although the introduction of the internet started a whole new socioeconomic phenomenon that was certain to make the working environment far more productive.  Our ability to communicate across the world has given businesses the opportunity to stretch their reach on a global scale. The general nature of work has changed so that employees or clients can work simultaneously on something whilst being miles apart, offering major industries the chance to become a part of modern globalisation.

Whilst you may have thought that computers would have demanded much more from businesses through electrical fees, equipment, supplies and support services, in truth it is just the opposite. Modern computing has seen companies save money by having employees work outside the workplace, keeping electrical costs down. As smart technology such as handheld devices and tablets continue to develop, we could see businesses saving huge amounts each year thanks to employees working from home and still having all the necessary tools and information at their disposal.

Storing important data has never been easier for businesses as database technology continues to grow. We now have access to terabytes of storage space for incredibly small fee, offering businesses the chance to store their work and all sorts of other important documents. What’s more, the introduction of cloud technology means that employees can keep their work safe from potential computer viruses, further enhancing the efficiency of the work place.

Gwendolyn Traci

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