For almost every single one of us, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives in one way or another. This is no different for the online world, with the digital industry having to accelerate in order to adapt to the situation we were suddenly faced with. With physical events having to turn into online events and businesses having to quickly change their approach in order to continue providing their service in line with the government regulations, we’ve never seen such a sudden change in the way that technology is used. In fact, many have said that we have jumped into the future by fast-forwarding all of our processes and making the impossible possible. Here we delve into just a handful of the ways that technology has grown off the back of the Covid-19 pandemic:
Collaboration with teams across the globe
We’ve waved goodbye to the days of hopping on a plane for global conferences or travelling across the country for our team meetings, or at least seen a significant decline. Having had to switch to Zoom meetings and overcome the barriers of virtual conferences, the need for physical get togethers has lessened for businesses after realising that business meetings can go ahead virtually. As well as saving an outstanding amount of time and money, travelling less is great for our carbon footprints and means we can connect with our global colleagues in a much more efficient manner.
Prioritising the things that matter
By having to adapt almost instantly to keep trading, businesses have proven how possible it is to do. We’ve all been in situations where we have faced endless meetings to try and get a process in place and it has never even come to fruition, but hopefully this will be an issue of the past. Since the pandemic began, offices have adapted to become fully remote and shops have had to quickly setup a way of trading online, making drastic changes that are likely to not have happened without the urgency of the lockdown restrictions. Having seen success of the back of these changes, many businesses are less likely to fear change and prioritise the big business decisions that have previously been brushed under the carpet.
Adapted a new contactless approach
The nature of the Covid-19 virus meant we all had to minimise our exposure to public spaces and avoid touching where others have. The number of new systems and processes that have been implemented is vast, continuing to trade with these new technical additions that help speed up processes as well as keeping us safe. From contact free delivery to virtual appointments, we expect a lot of this technology to continue even as we head out of the pandemic. By reducing the amount of human interaction required, we have seen an increase in productivity with the efforts of staff members being able to focus elsewhere. Although many worry that all of this automation could lead to a lack of jobs, businesses are being able to focus their efforts and budget in other areas so are able to grow their workforce.