Optimizing Organizations Through Technology
Technology and business go hand in hand, both feeding and developing one another. As such, it has become increasingly common to see just about every area of business automated or mechanized. This has had easily observable effects on productivity, accuracy, and efficiency is organizations that implement new technology. Here are some of the ways business has been enhanced by such advancements.
Memos and faxes are just about obsolete nowadays, and the Insta-world now dominates. Within and between-organization interactions have never been more convenient, inexpensive, and immediate. The digital exchange of information has enabled businesses to function at exponentially faster and more efficient paces. Costs are drastically cut as well, for example with meetings, which can now be conducted over video phone calls, connecting people from across the globe.
Though still in somewhat an infant stage, new measures have been developed to ensure that every worker maintains their integrity in the workplace. For example, using a time attendance system by which employees clock in and out using a biometric scanner, usually their fingerprint. Unlike a swipe card or time stamp, this is a surefire way of tackling absenteeism and slacking.
There is an ongoing debate about the ethics of these procedures, but if you are looking for results, this sure gets the job done. Much like the time attendance system, computer monitoring ensures employee honesty by keeping track of each individual’s work. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a form of spying, but a means of blocking inappropriate web content, social networking sites, and many other internet sources of distraction. In this way efficiency, productivity, and output increase, and quality focused work is achieved.
Working from Home
Digital communication has opened up a wide range of opportunities for several once alienated communities. Telecommuting has enabled stay-at-home mothers to work part time, differently abled individuals to transcend the physical obstacles of attending office, and students to earn an income despite their busy schedules. This cuts down office administration costs (such as for equipment), the expenses of commuting, and enables companies to use freelancers for odd jobs or infrequent work duties rather than paying a full time staff member.
These are just a handful of the ways that technology has enhanced business and organizational optimization. Almost every area you can think of has made huge leaps and bounds in progress from security systems to production processes to customer profiling. As the advancements continue to emerge, it cannot even be conceived how much better the world of business can possible get.