With an expected 30 billion connected devices by 2020, Internet of Things (IoT) technology is spreading throughout modern offices, worksites, and virtually anywhere else one finds employment.
The impacts on daily work life will be monumental, with some saying IoT is liable to have a larger effect on workplace operations than the arrival of the personal computer. As a result, countless businesses are preparing to act when IoT influences their sector.
However, adapting to IoT only after it arrives is a reactionary approach. Businesses may play catch-up with competitors who had the foresight to anticipate those influences.
While the direction of this technology isn’t exact, it is certain to bring a range of lasting successes and unexpected failures along with it. To stay informed and ahead, industry trends surrounding IoT must be monitored and adjusted to all the time.
Remote Work is on the Rise
As working outside the office is rapidly becoming more commonplace, IoT devices have enabled entirely new connective possibilities for remote workers. For instance, by being able to provide cloud networks from anywhere, companies can give their employees access to all the essentials of a typical office space.
This effectively eliminates the need for employees to commute to work, which should turn out fine when considering how studies show that working at the office only seems to stifle productivity.
Work Hours are Changing
Slowly but surely, the 9-to-5 workday is beginning to disappear.
This second trend is directly tied to the first, as businesses will shift their operational hours to account for this rise in remote workers. As more employees are allowed to create their own flexible schedules and work as they see fit, the expectations surrounding them will transition from counting the time they spend in an office chair, to focusing more on their individual productivity and outputs.
It’s true that remote personnel will make time zone differences, as well as other long-distance complications, larger factors for businesses to account for. But at the same time, the connective solutions of IoT devices will likely answer many of these problems.
A Growing Emphasis on Automation
IoT technology’s ability to connect larger systems to streamline tasks is one of its most promising features.
By now, everyone understands that automation is making splashes by replacing manual labor tasks with machine solutions that effectively eliminate a massive number of human-occupied jobs. But manufacturing operations with robotic assembly lines are only the beginning.
Now, IoT is bringing automation to everything, including the ways people shop online. As automation becomes less of a possibility, and more of a standard, business will need to restructure for their breadth of IoT automated processes and start compensating for the dynamic work relationships between human and robot workers.