Workplace trends for 2021

2021 is bringing in new trends to the workplace. Even though we are mostly working from home, the lockdown will someday end, and we will all be allowed back into the office again – and when that day comes, we have listed three of the most intriguing and useful trends to keep a very close eye on through the year ahead.

The Internet of Things apps streamlined processes

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to increase faster each year with the changing technology trends. Our homes relate to smart cameras, doorbells and baby monitors. Everything around us taps into WIFI and is pushing our devices to connect to some sort of network. Even picture frames can pull information from social media feeds or accept emailed photos from all over the world.

Technology has become more connected than ever before, and it shows no signs of slowing down. There are 26 billion connected devices globally, as of pre-COVID 2019, and the number should reach around 75.44 billion by 2025, or so it has been predicted – so it only makes sense that many of us would use more IoT apps at work.

The IoT allows employers to cut down on busy work and increase productivity. They can look for solutions to repetitive work patterns that eat up your employees’ time and energy can be done by observing and implementing technology trends.

AI taking on employee engagement

A 2018 Gallup survey of more than 31 million respondents, found that 67% of employees don’t feel engaged at work. Companies spend a lot of time and energy finding and hiring just the right person for a position. So, when they aren’t feeling fulfilled at work, there is a high probability they’ll leave for a different job.

Figuring out what your employees want before they even know they have a desire takes a lot of effort. Because machines are learning and starting to think more logically, utilizing computers to figure out new ways of keeping your best employees enthused is growing in popularity.

Artificial Intelligence can analyse the mood of employees based on emojis and language used in project management platforms and messages. As machine learning becomes more advanced, expect to see companies use biometrics, scanning eye movement, and other vital functions to see how engaged the individual is.

Blockchain is one to watch for multi-purpose software

Blockchain Technology is a truly explosive trend to hit the industry in a long time, specialising in cyber security and verification technology they are truly one to watch for this year.

Originally, you might have heard about blockchain regarding cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, but as the technology has advanced, more and more businesses are using blockchain apps as digital asset trackers and to verify the authenticity of products or to better protect data and prevent loss.

The promise of encrypted information and better security is particularly useful for your sales teams and HR departments and may increase customer loyalty also. This is certainly a space to watch for any sales or marketing managers out there looking for a strong, multi-purpose software that delivers on its promises.