How are advances in automation and mobile access reshaping today’s workforce?

A recent article in The Economist speculated on the future of jobs in the context of increasing automation, spelling out certain professions, including professional jobs in legal services and even accounting, that may totally be replaced by technology.

Technology has categorically changed the workplace in a variety of incredible ways. It has allowed a whole host of jobs that were previously office-bound to go mobile, enabling many workers to do their jobs from almost anywhere. And as technology continues to evolve, it will not only change the nature of the work that is being completed, but it will also impact the skills necessary to survive in this “new” economy.

What is changing?

  • Shift in focus – In the past, businesses looked primarily at previous performance and aimed to correct mistakes based on historical data. Today, organizations must make decisions by analyzing data in real time, helping quickly predict future trends and profitability.
  • Opportunities abound – With real time access to “big data,” organizations can make split-second decisions to take advantage of opportunities that would have been unheard of in years past. This allows companies to be more agile in the face of market shifts.
  • Power of mobile – Today, most workers are equipped with a mobile phone that is more powerful than a full-sized computer from a decade ago. This allows workers to perform many of their job duties right from their smartphone or tablet, as opposed to being chained to an office. This not only increases productivity, but it gives workers a bit of freedom in performing their core functions.

Introduction of robotics in the workforce

In addition to technology that simply makes it easier for human workers to perform their duties, robotics are another area that has witnessed remarkable advancements over the past several years. Robotics allow many repeatable activities to be learned and performed by machines. There are countless examples of how this automation, coupled with the Internet of Things, are allowing individuals, companies, and even cities and municipalities to leverage the power of technology.

Take smart cities, for example. Communities are showing how highly technical, connected environments are able to learn and predict life patterns to help to turn lights on or off at certain times and adjust water flow by usage. All this helps to make our cities cleaner and it benefits our overall economies.

What does this mean for office space?

While more people are offered freedom in today’s remote workforce, few companies are completely doing away with their office space. An office still serves a vital function for many companies and it will likely do so well into the future. It’s not that workplaces are going away – rather, organizations are looking at ways to make their space more efficient and integrated with new technology.

Interested in learning more about the latest in office trends?

If you’re interested in learning more about some of the top office trends that are being driven by technology, or you are looking to find the right commercial space, feel free to reach out to Morris Southeast Group, one of Ft. Lauderdale’s top commercial real estate firms. Give our team a call today at 954-474-1776, reach Ken Morris on his cell at 954.240.4400, or email kenmorris@morrissegroup.com.

 

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