For many businesses and consumers in general, there seems to be a level of suspicion or scepticism surrounding the AI technology. The author argues that AI does not have to be this intimidating. In the future of work, AI is most likely to be deployed as an extension of existing tools, and integrating AI into the workplace can help make life easier; whilst improving collaboration and productivity.
The workplace of the future is going to be made up of hyper connected workers, and AI will play its part in ensuring this outcome. Soon, digital assistants, voice-controlled devices and “huddle rooms” will be commonplace in the office. For businesses, this rise in AI assistance will greatly improve workplace collaboration and free up valuable time for employees to undertake more productive activities.
Today’s tech-savvy employees are well-versed in tech such as live video and instant messenger to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world. The introduction of AI will act as an extension to this technology. It’s therefore crucial that businesses implement these technologies into their professional working environment sooner rather than later. If businesses fail to equip their workers with the best tools, then they’ll lose out on the best talent. With recent research from Mercer having shown that 51%1 of employees still demand tech to improve their workplace and flexible working experiences, more needs to be done.
We can expect to see a significant percentage of cloud-based companies start to bring AI into the fold to assist in streamlining their key business functions. Adoption of AI is a certainty and will be done with collaboration and productivity at front of mind. The crucial element is ensuring workers have the tools at their disposal to maximise the ROI of implementation.
Creating a workplace where workers are not penalised for working from home and can dial in to meetings no matter their location, is what the smart offices of the future will be all about. If businesses can effectively implement AI with the already existing workplace tools such as live video and shareable docs, these valuable time-saving tools will empower employees to do their best work, uninhibited by the trivial obstacles that previously sapped from their day.
About the Author
James Campanini is an experienced General Manager and Vice President of Sales with a demonstrated history of working in Networking hardware and the Computer Software industry. Strong sales professional skilled in Enterprise Software Sales, Cloud, Networking and Software as a Service (SaaS).