With developments in technology and an ever-evolving workforce, office management is constantly changing. Here are seven trends currently shaping office operations.
More and more businesses are adopting cloud computing, and this trend is expected to keep growing. The cloud can improve and streamline all sorts of processes—from collaboration and project management to data organization and information backup. And, of course, don’t forget about cloud-based visitor management.
Automating office tasks
Technology enables offices to automate like never before. As we noted in this previous post, many everyday tasks can be automated to save time, cut costs, and boost efficiency. If you’re spending large chunks of your day on repetitive tasks and low-value work, it’s time to automate.
Accommodating a mobile workforce
Remote working on the rise. As a result, companies are seeking ways to allow their workers more flexibility in when, where, and how they do their jobs. Mobile devices, collaborative software, and other technology help offices stay flexible and lean.
Office management software
Office management software allows you to customize and manage “front-office” and “back-office” tasks. Whether you’re looking for support with CRM, social media, human resources, or accounting, office management software can help.
Check out our post on how to choose office technology that supports your business strategy.
Computer-aided facility management (CAFM)
To use their office spaces most efficiently, some companies turn to CAFM software. This software helps businesses manage space allocation, maximize the use of facilities, and improve facilities planning and maintenance. If this sounds like something you would benefit from, check out this comparison of CAFM software from Software Advice.
Activity-based working has been a hot trend in recent years. In traditional office set-ups, workers are assigned specific desks or workspaces. But in an activity-based office, employees choose from a variety of workspaces that are tailored for specific tasks, like collaboration, research, or socializing.
Bring your own device (BYOD)
BYOD policies are on the rise. This is because companies are becoming less afraid of employees using their own devices at work and instead starting to embrace the flexibility it allows. BYOD has both benefits and risks, but smart companies realizes that this is the way of the future, especially as freelance and remote work become the norm.