Working from home is a trend that isn’t about to go away any time soon. As many business owners and staff are likely aware, the past few years has witnessed a surge in the number of employees who are able to work from home. In fact, a recently published Gallup State of the American Workplace report revealed that a staggering 43% of U.S. workers spend at least some of their time working remotely, a near five percent increase from previous years. Within the sectors associated with Information Technology, around 8% of employees work from home, while 21% say they utilize their living room/office at least once per week.
Want to have a glimpse into the nightmare world of IT staff? Just close your eyes and picture wires. Lots of wires. This discomforting image is just one part of an ongoing horrific tragedy: IT staff and office workers in general are faced with an array of business applications and technologies that seemingly only become more numerous and complicated with the release of each new model or update. What may appear to be a bundle of wires or overabundance of software features can quickly become a detriment to any business, and can leave your technologically savvy co-workers pulling out their hair and quitting their jobs. [Read more…]
Recently, one of our partner organizations, Avaya, conducted a global poll. The goal of this questionnaire was to assess a diverse range of businesses in order to determine what they believed to be the most important components of expanding their companies. Unsurprisingly, the majority of those questioned spoke very highly of technological advancements, and many were eager to integrate new digital apparatus into their enterprises so as to remain competitive.
You don’t have to be a scientist to have heard the buzz of the past few years revolving around Artificial Intelligence, or AI. Whether spawning from concerned workers, aspiring journalists, or excited techno-positivist engineers, the predictions and ideas of what AI holds for the future of mankind continue to be at the forefront of modern discourse. One of the most fundamental conversations regarding this advanced technology revolves around how it is going to transform the workplace, in some cases creating new tech jobs, in others removing the need for human interaction in it’s entirety. [Read more…]
British Columbia is heralded as a one of the greatest wildernesses in the World, with thousands visiting every year to explore our bounty of forests, lakes, and coastlines. Even the most rugged of outdoors adventurers have a tendency to bring a piece of digital ware with them on their excursions- a GPS, smart-watch, or satellite assisted cell phone. No matter where we go, modern technology follows. Ask a random person on the street if they carry a cell phone with them and in the answer will inevitably be- ‘yes’. [Read more…]