We’ve been practicing flexibility for the past 24 months. The next stage of development is upon us as we reach the year 2022. Every aspect of our personal lives has altered drastically, but our professional lives have also changed dramatically.
Who would have predicted that most employees would be working remotely two years ago? Probably not the office workers who feel that flexible working hours are here to stay.
However, not having all employees in the office has had a negative impact on tech support, with almost half of remote workers reporting that they have had to wait longer for a problem to be resolved when working from home. The one constant in life changes, and there are a few IT trends that will develop over the next 12 months that businesses must stay on top of to be competitive and provide the workplace of the future.
Intelligent Automation is Required
With remote employees being away from their computers at any given moment or working more flexible hours, it’s time to pivot and learn how to operate “in sync” while they’re not in front of their computers.
Businesses should explore an asynchronous mode of working since it is a crucial facilitator of a productive, engaged, and imaginative team in an in-between arrangement. Robotic process automation, natural language processing, and intelligent document processing are all helping to reduce dependency on repetitive, manual labor while simultaneously reducing the risk of human error intruding into critical processes.
Businesses will handle the shift to this new way of working in 2022 since it is a key enabler of how productive, engaged, and imaginative teams choose to work. As a result of remote work, firms have become more reliant on collaborative technology as their primary mode of communication, rather than collaborating in real-time – such as strolling over to the next desk to ask a question.
It has a big impact when you use creative automated approaches to beat a competitor to the market. One of the most challenging components of expanding internationally is hiring international workers, however, this might be handled in the near term by deploying automated chatbots during hours when employees aren’t accessible.
Intelligent automation improves productivity and eliminates the need for workers to be assigned to repetitive or time-consuming tasks, enabling them to focus on more creative and collaborative tasks.
Improved IT Support Over the Internet
Now that the flexible working genie has been let out of the bottle, workers want the ability to work around childcare responsibilities, family obligations, and personal errands. And, by removing the daily commute, this new world has completely disrupted the previous working pattern.
Employees and offices are dispersed around the country as well. While an employee now just requires a functional laptop and a dependable internet connection to execute their job, they’re only one technological hiccup away from coming to a halt — 73 percent of employees stated they had to wait up to five hours long for an issue to be repaired while working remotely.’ Employees despised spending hours on the phone with IT gurus looking for a solution before Covid, even though remote tech support was already available. Even while IT personnel have begun to work more flexible hours, companies and employees still require round-the-clock technical assistance if something goes wrong.
As a result, IT support has thankfully evolved. On business computers, remote desktop apps like Teamviewer are becoming more common, as are IT asset management software solutions that may help extend the life of equipment by preventing and forecasting faults before they happen. When it comes to replacing hardware, Smart Lockers that store cloud-based IT equipment are popping up near offices and remote workers, reducing the time it takes to locate new devices and get employees back up and running.
Smart lockers may be used to swap out broken equipment for borrowed equipment. Employees may make requests on a support site and have their equipment changed out at the nearest hub, saving time, resources, and money.
IT Engineers with Advanced Skills are in High Demand
Like a bear emerging from winter hibernation, many firms emerged from the pandemic hungry for talent and experienced IT workers.
Even though the government vacation program is set to expire in September 2021, recent data suggests that skilled labor is still in high demand. The number of job vacancies has also risen considerably, with technology and IT experience being one of the most in-demand talents. It’s an employee-dominated market. Experienced professionals are pickier than ever about their employers, and they will not accept just any job offer. It’s vital to focus on what matters most to top IT professionals while seeking for them.
The technology of a corporation may disclose a lot about it. Even if you can’t afford all the latest cutting-edge tech solutions, investing in your technology stack to keep it current, relevant, and interesting is a key to attracting many IT recruits. While a piece of technology may function and be useful if it isn’t exciting or something that would spark the attention of IT specialists, you risk being written off as outdated or inadequate for progress. This can have a huge impact on whether you accept a job offer.
If you don’t employ the most up-to-date technology to improve your company outcomes, you’ll quickly fall behind.