Happy Friday everyone, July is almost over!
Here is our Weekly roundup to keep you updated on what’s been shaking the Tech and Internal Comms world this week. But before we jump right into it, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications, share it with us and we’ll feature your post in our upcoming issue.
Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!
With working out of the office a regular occurrence and virtual necessity in many organisations, many Universisties have carried out researches which highlight how best to manage those remote employees. Telework is growing fast across Europe and North America, but how should employees be managed that cannot be seen at their desks from 9 to 5?
Can they be trusted to work just as hard as their colleagues at the office? Are they more motivated if they can decide for themselves when and where to work? These are among the dilemmas facing both workers and managers.Traditional management practices relied heavily on the physical boundaries of the office – where employees were visible and thus easily observed – to adjust, coordinate, divide, and evaluate work.
The removal of these boundaries means that the focus of control and strategies of regulation have to change: it is typically suggested a shift has to take place towards management of the work rather than the worker, in an environment where trust is the norm. How many companies have all this already in place?
The rise of the internet has opened up new possibilities for communicating, from emailing and blogging to mobile video chatting and exchanging GIFs over messaging apps. This digitization has not been limited to consumer interactions. Most businesses now communicate with their customers through multiple online channels, and invest in software to track, personalize, and optimize every step of the consumer’s digital journey.
As brands prioritize this digital experience, they often overlook a simple fact: communicating by voice is faster, easier, and more effective than typing messages back and forth.
A consumer may prefer to make plans with friends over text message, or to order a pizza online, but when faced with a complex purchase, these preferences often change. When making a significant decision, like applying for a first-time mortgage or exploring a potential bathroom remodel, most consumers want to talk to a qualified human expert!
Ride-hailing startup Lyft announced last week that it’s making its own self-driving car technology—a move that could help it meet an audacious goal of having autonomous vehicles chauffeur most of its passengers around by 2021.
So, sure, it could happen. And going along with that positive line of thinking—assuming that we will, in fact, have self-driving cars in 2021—we wondered what other technological marvels and milestones await us in that magical year. The answer was surprising. According to an array of predictions from tech companies and market researchers, plenty of changes are coming, including many more developments in transportation, lots of people spending time in virtual reality, lab-grown chicken, and, just maybe, male birth control. In terms of disruptive innovations, 2021 can become the most interesting year of all!
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article into next week’s Roundup!
the Beem Team