The world of work has seen a huge transformation over the past twenty years as technology has changed the way we do almost all of our daily tasks. Almost every aspect of life has been affected and the workplace is no exception. Here are 5 changes we have seen in the world of work.
Job-hunting has drastically changed over the years, mostly due to how technology has evolved. People do not have to visit their local job center or buy the daily paper to find job listings anymore. Now, they can be kept in your pocket, on your smart phone for whenever you need to start your search. Many jobseekers are now choosing to use a job search application, such as Jobrapido app that provides users with details of every existing opening online. So now, even scrolling through different sites is becoming a thing of the past.
The selection and interview process has changed, too. The selection process includes employers checking out the online presence of a candidate on social media and vice versa. Interview wise, in-person meetings are often not granted until the third round. The first and second are often done through Skype, other web-meeting tool or a simple phone call.
Communication was once dependent on in-person exchanges, faxes and slower modes of communication. Over time, communication has sped up and made getting more done within a single workday possible. Computers, mobile phones and the Internet of Things have connected people and opened new channels for communication. Email, Skype and Dropbox are just a couple examples of the developments utilized daily in the world of work.
New job positions
Roles and responsibilities across all companies have shifted to meet organization, value and mission changes. Digital jobs, for example, have become significant and widely available to meet technological changes and keep companies current. Nowadays, digital positions include: SEO Specialist, Blogger and Big Data Analyst. Lead roles, such as Chief Listening Officer and Chief IT Officer have also been introduced to help drive development and adherence to new ways of doing business.
Working from home
Traditionally, working from home was not an option, as the majority of companies required all employees to be in office. Over the years, however, working from home has become more popular and there is more trust between employer and employee. It is now very common to see someone at a local coffee shop getting some work done or taking a conference call between halves at a sports game. It has introduced more of a balance between work and life, employees are happier and the employers benefit from not having their employees burn out. Though it must be said it may have also had a negative effect as some struggle to switch off from work, even when sitting around the dinner table with their families.
Social media has opened so many doors for businesses. From Facebook, Twitter to LinkedIn, having a social presence enables businesses to interact with the public, advertise and even have more personal hiring experiences.
Over the years, technology has opened many doors for businesses. But this does not mean that there will ever be a replacement for person-to-person contact. As technology becomes more present in how businesses manage daily activities, it has also heightened the appeal of a handwritten thank you letter after an interview and a ‘hey, we appreciate you’ gesture to employees and customers alike.