There is no doubt that there has been a recent shift in the workplace environment thanks to technological innovations. Most evidence shows that these changes are better for employees, since they help to create more productive office environments. But what exactly is working, and how can your office take advantage?

Out with the old, in with the new

Companies are beginning to see the benefit of creating alternative work environments that employees enjoy, but there are still some outdated practices that will first need to be done away with. For example, implementing business-casual dress codes, especially for non-customer facing companies, is definitely the way of the future. With the advent of startup culture, we are also seeing a breakdown of the traditional hierarchies. In its place, workplaces need to encourage ideas from all levels of the company and reward innovation.

Ease of collaboration

Between the rise in open office floor plans and a variety of communication platforms, collaboration between employees has never been easier. With all of the different chat devices, it is possible for remote and on-site employees to keep in touch with each other throughout the day in order to promote an open flow of ideas. New technology also makes it simpler to communicate across teams and keep all areas of the business in the loop about any new developments. This creates a more harmonious office, as people respond well to open communication.

There has also been a shift toward trying to make the workplace a more fun, inviting environment for employees. The idea around this is that the ability to take a break and have some fun allows employees to actually be more productive. Extensive snack options, games, couches and so on are all being implemented to create a new kind of environment.

Aesthetics have also become increasingly important — people like to work in light, airy workplaces, with high ceilings and up-to-date technology. Employers are embracing this trend because it has proven to help inspire employees and improve overall morale.

Focus on powerful visual aids

In addition, new software, like Hoopla, can pull real-time updates on performance from applications that are already in use, then broadcast them on TVs throughout the office. This can help create more visibility into the progress of a project and help to motivate employees. The feasibility digital signage can be used to post digital leaderboards or announce closed deals, both of which are great tools for sales teams. Take advantage of TVs in your office and stream motivational videos or post inspirational quotes to boost morale. It can be a great way to unify a sale floor and engage employees.

Studies have also shown that people process images more quickly, so these visual aids can save your employees’ time and allow them to focus on more important tasks, such as customer engagement and sales. The visuals register more quickly and get people amped up. It can be encouraging to not only know what your numbers are, but see visuals of your progress and how much further you have to go to reach your goals.

Increase focus on work/life balance

Companies seem to finally be understanding that happy employees will stick around longer. Because of this, they are adjusting the new work culture demands by offering flexible hours, work-from-home options, and generous vacation plans. It has been proven that implementing results-based evaluations and focusing on work completed instead of specific hours puts the onus on employees and makes them take more ownership over their work.

All of these aspects are leading to a brand new way of working. We should all be able to agree that, from technology to employee engagement, these changes are for the better.