A workplace where both humans and computers co-exist will have better outcomes opposed to a workplace where humans and computers work in silos.
After the very first usage of the computer by the United State government in 1890 census, Herman Hollerith, its inventor, then formed International Business Machines in 1924, popularly called IBM.
While this was happening, an abundant amount of information flow was performed via telegram, thus telegram and early mechanical tabulation machines from the 19th and 20th century can be considered as the path that led into the first globalisation.
Since the commencement of the first globalisation, it became possible to replace heavy mechanical equipment with electrical components. Fast-forwarding to the current situation, the workplace has transformed from bullpen offices where hierarchies controlled decisions such as whether an employee should smoke or not, to a cooperative, collaborative and egalitarianism-inducing workplace.
But as employees complain nowadays, distraction is enormous, productivity has hit its lowest level, dissatisfaction is the new common, in our workplaces.
To fix these, we require methods and tools that better suit the process of repair. And every problem varies from workplace to workplace. A perfect solution for employees’ issues within a manufacturing unit cannot serve the purpose if implemented for employees working in an IoT startup.
Human personalities may match but the problem-solving intellect differs from person to person based on the learning and experiences in their lifetimes. A better workplace is a community of people where each employee carries a different identity and are willing to give their best by grinding together.
The intention to be productive enough comes from the level of freedom one is given and the level of affinity one has towards the job performed on a daily basis.
This gives us an understanding of how important our personality is, and in the given situation, the role technology plays in equipping us to be our best versions. Technology is being put to its best use if it is doing the following two things; all in one or each separately should help us,
- Be agile as a team
- Be individually productive
Need for agility is part of the innate human nature. 118,000 old caveman tools were wielded stones and sticks used to hunt more effectively on any open landscape. To hunt down herds that are constantly migrating, they needed to be as agile as possible. A lot around us has changed but the basic human qualities will remain forever.
On that line, an agile team is as important as an agile business model. As we know, business agility starts way before laying the initial foundation for a business. It begins from ideation. Until the ideas are executed, they’re just opinions, thus huddling with the team that holds expertise in a particular field will boost the process. Minds of many teams that share specialised knowledge can cooperatively function very well. Collaboration and constructive feedback-centric approach will serve as important keys for improved agility, regardless of the size of the project they are working on or the problem they are trying to solve.
By being productive in a given task means how we all progress or move forward towards our new goal, success and happiness.
Productivity in simple terms means leveraging one’s potential and the time provided to its fullest. Productivity at a workplace is tied not just to one’s end goal but also to other things. In a collaborative workplace, the rate of dependency is much higher than a team which is spread across nations.
As per the level of dependencies, it’s necessary each of the contributors pay heed to how essential is each of their productive time is for a cumulative output. Technologies like time tracking software, scheduling & task management, email management software and many other tools that fuel our day-to-day productivity are available for free with zero learning curve. Using these tools will have a definite impact on the way we work but the real potential is unveiled when we figure how to utilize them without giving in to their addictive nature.
Technology can undoubtedly be our confidante, on one condition: if we follow the ethics and hit the right balance.