Because the internet is so intertwined in people’s everyday lives, it’s easy to take for granted what a radical invention it really is. Practically everything involves the internet in some way, and nowhere is that truer than in the office. Here are just a few ways the web has changed the workplace.
From email to web-based phone service and beyond, the internet has revolutionized the way coworkers communicate with each other. 50 years ago, the only real options for getting in touch with a colleague were by analogue phone call or in-person visit. Now, workers have near infinite ways of reaching out to one another and receiving almost instantaneous responses.
This abundance of communication options has completely transformed what it means to work on a team. Where location once determined who could work together, the internet has removed all barriers. People on opposite sides of the planet can now collaborate on projects in real time. In today’s world, teamwork is only as limited as the imaginations of the team’s members.
Once upon a time, virtually all jobs required workers to physically come into the office. After all, that was the only place with all of the resources necessary to conduct business. In modern times, the internet has decentralized everything. Anything an employee needs to complete a task is merely an email away. This has allowed more and more workers to do their jobs in the comfort of their own homes. In a few more years, maybe office buildings will become things of the past.
An added benefit of remote work and instant communication is increased flexibility. The internet enables people to disregard traditional schedules and complete work when it best suits them. Now, if you have a doctor’s appointment or a parent/teacher conference, you don’t have to use up PTO to make it work. You can simply alter your hours to fit everything in.
These are only a few of the ways the internet has transformed work. Who knows what changes will come next?