Are you tired of hearing about how far we’ve come and how much the internet has changed the way we live? Well, join the club. If we have to hear about what a wonder the internet is one more time, we might lose it. At this point, we are willing to unplug the router and go off the grid, back to using smoke signals just so we don’t have to read another article about the digital revolution and workplace modernization.
But that got us thinking. What if we boiled down the facts and asked: in what ways is VoIP changing the workplace and in what ways should we care? This is our no B.S. assessment of VoIP, enterprise management, and how these are affecting the modern workplace.
Working in the 21st Century
No flying cars or machines that can create any food you ask for in a few seconds. At least not yet.
The most common tool used in every single job in the United States is the internet. In fact, most Americans can’t even find a job without using the internet, let alone find a job that doesn’t require basic knowledge of how to use it.1
Workplace modernization may sound like old news, but the ever-changing digital landscape requires us to all change and stay one step ahead of the curve.
Just take a look at the differences between virtual phone systems compared to traditional phone systems. Modern VoIP systems are only a few years old, but they have already come leaps and bounds as compared to traditional PBX systems.
Working in the 21st century thus means having to stay current, having to stay ahead of the curve. If you haven’t switched to a business VoIP provider, you may already be behind.
Modern Executives, CEOs and Entrepreneurs
According to Microsoft, “42 percent of CEOs say that digital transformation is at the core of their business”. 2
CEOs and business owners want to change the way their business interacts with customers and 95% of CIOs expect their role to change due to digital transformation, shifting their focus to innovation and other executive elements including revenue growth, business margins, and business strategy.3
For management, the most important way in which enterprise management is changing work is related to centralized phone management, a mobile workforce, and team activity tracking. Workplace modernization for executives means total control and oversight
Let’s Talk About Millennials
38% of Millennials believe outdated collaboration tools hinder innovation.4
Most millennial entrepreneurs have either heard of him or drank the Cool Aid. No matter your opinion of Gary Vaynerchuk, you have to admit he has his hand on the pulse of modern entrepreneurship. He is one of the early investors in Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. That’s quite the resume.
Gary has been on record multiple times claiming that we are living in the best time to be an entrepreneur.5 We believe that is partly because technology, particularly digital communication and the internet, has given us the power to create small businesses that reach millions of people with little initial investment needed.
The reality is that workplace modernization is reliant on these levels of communication, whether that be a workforce of one entrepreneur or a workplace of 100 employees over 4 departments.
Modern Entrepreneurs stay mobile, which is a luxury they can afford thanks in part to VoIP and reliable access to the internet from anywhere at any time.
Mobile is The Future & Everything Else is Just Plain Wrong
That much goes without saying, but it should be a reminder. VoIP is changing the workplace one mobile device at a time and its starts with working hours.
Executives are always working. The simple truth is that remote working is just the tip of the iceberg. As of 2017, nearly 43% of Americans work remotely to some degree.6 To add to that, 92% of CEOs and CIOs are actually changing work organization to compensate, removing management jobs that would hinder smooth communication between upper management and the mobile, remote workforce.7
So, What Does This All Mean for You?
It means that workplace modernization is related to mobilization and that any attempt to stop that is futile. CEOs and executives should follow this trend and learn from companies that fail to modernize. Get into a position to manage a mobile workforce and consider centralized phone management solutions to get the job done right. We can help: 855-345-RING.
Sources:: International Business Times – Living Without Broadband In 2015: How 55 Million Americans Find Jobs, Study, Watch YouTube
: Microsoft – Modernizing IT to enable the Digital Workplace (PDF)
: Gartner – CIOs Need to Help Scale the Digital Business
: Forbes – 10 Ways Millennials Are Creating The Future Of Work
: Huffington Post – Gary Vaynerchuk On Why It’s Never Been Better To Be An Entrepreneur
: NYTimes – Out of the Office: More People Are Working Remotely, Survey Finds
: Deloitte – 2018 Global Human Capital Trends