According to a recent Pew study, 46 percent of working people feel their productivity has increased due to the internet.
At the rate technology is evolving right now, the statistics are likely to increase over the courses of the upcoming years.
In fact, major advancements in technology in the last few decades has completely changed the way we work.
In the following sections, we look at 24 ways the new web of things has changed the way we work.
Mobile devices allow us to access our work from any location and various productivity applications ensure our projects are always in our pocket. Cloud computing has made vast amounts of data easily accessible from multiple locations. This has saved time, cut costs and increased the productivity of people across industries.
2. Sparking Inspiration
The new web of things enables anyone to research and understand the latest trends in any industry and set a benchmark for performance. It also offers opportunities to innovate and find inspiration for work.
3. Networking On Social Media
With all the various forms of online communication that are available today, it is easier than ever to network and build contacts lists. Social media websites like LinkedIn and Facebook allow anyone with network access to create professional relationships.
4. Online Knowledge Base
The new web of things is an ever-growing online knowledge database. Answers are now available at our fingertips. In the long run, the Internet allows us to cut down on the amount of time it takes to find an answer to a problem or question and increases the amount of execution time.
5. Organizational Tools
The new web of things is a productivity tool. In fact, it has become an incredible resource to get work done more efficiently. It is full of useful websites and applications to organize both our personal and professional life.
6. Quick Entertainment
A recent study shows that people perform better if they are having fun as opposed to being constantly under pressure. With a seemingly endless collection of engaging multimedia content, the web has made the concept of being bored obsolete. Accessing such content while working has reduced stress levels and uplifted our mood. Contrary to belief, occasionally doing non-work stuff online has made us more productive.
7. Remote Workforce
The internet has given rise to a new type of workforce. In fact, more people choose to adopt the "laptop" lifestyle, allowing them to work whenever and wherever they want. According to a recent report from Inc. Magazine. We are 20% more productive when we tackle creative projects remotely. Remote work allows people to have a better work-life balance and allows companies to save money on the overhead required to maintain large workspaces.
8. Collaboration Tools
With the abundance of free applications and cloud-based products, it is easier than ever to collaborate and share documents easily with staff members working from remote locations. Custom cloud solutions offer robust solutions that make the process of accessing data really safe and simple.
9. Saving Time
Countless hours can be wasted searching through spreadsheets for information stored in large data sets. Online tracking solutions and databases keep the mundane yet critical information accurate and in one place, saving us time and money.
10. Reduced Costs
Advances in communication reduce travel costs, allowing team members to confer over the Internet instead of meeting at a physical location. Data storage reduces warehousing costs since entire rooms full of documents can now fit on a single hard drive.
11. Efficient Communication
The Internet offers a wealth of communication opportunities, allowing companies and individuals to host meetings online, even allowing video content and virtual whiteboards to share information.
The inter-connectivity of mobile devices, cars, and computers we use help reduce travel time, thus enabling us to get a whole lot more done and run errands in record time.
13. Faster Email Replies
Syncing our smartphones to our email has significantly decreased lag time and made correspondence more seamless. We no longer have to wait to respond to emails. The portability of being able to reply right away has vastly decreased email pileups and increased productivity.
14. Digital Assistant
AI assistants like Alexa and Siri are getting smarter by constantly learning from our use and habits. They make scheduling tasks and staying focused easier.
15. Constant Availability
The new web of things allows us to remain constantly available. Email, text messaging and social networking are other advances in communication that keep people connected to their work base and improve internal communication.
16. Cloud Computing
The great thing about the shift towards cloud mobility is we’re no longer tied to our desks. Even when we’re on the go, we still have access to important documents through our phones and devices in case of emergency or last-minute edits.
17. Online Marketing
The new web of things has freed us from the restrictions of prints ads. In fact, anyone with network access can market on the internet. Online marketing ranges from a simple informational website to advertising on search engines, to online product sales. Email marketing is also an effective and low-cost method to reach large groups of people. Mobile marketing reaches people through text messaging, advertising on mobile applications and offering branded applications in a fun and entertaining way.
Advancements in recent years have brought web conferencing to the fore. Web conferencing can bring together webcams, audio, and collaborative online meeting spaces to create an extremely interactive environment. Participants can see each other, work together on documents and recreate the in-person meeting experience no matter where they are in the world.
19. Process Improvement
Systems like digital file transfer services, email and Internet calling has greatly accelerated data transfer and communication while reducing costs.
20. Online Support
The new web of things simplifies how we interact with customer support services. In fact, online help and support chat services put an enormous amount of searchable information at the consumer's fingertips, reducing the probability that a customer will need to speak via telephone to a representative to solve a problem.
21. Automation Tools
Online and mobile automation tools that allow us to automate everything from scheduling and bill pay to email responses and contact update lists have significantly increased productivity.
22. Smart Schedule
The new web of things allows us to create, plan and sync different schedules across devices. Automatic reminders features have made remembering tasks, meetings, and activities a breeze.
23. Goal Setting
With the arrival of the internet and mobile applications, we set better goals. In fact, many smartphone features are a simple way to stay focused and productive, allowing us to record goals and set reminders to keep them top of mind. Daily, weekly and monthly reminders force us to revisit the bigger picture frequently.
24. Faster Decision-making
Real-time access to more accurate, relevant information online have a major impact on our ability to adjust and readjust as needed. People are adapting and reacting to change faster than ever.