Most offices aim to improve their production means and standards in any way, shape or form they can. A couple of new reports may be able to influence the near future of the modern office, one currently and another in the next few years.
According to Travel Weekly, an advantage that businesses can take comes from reducing the use of paper in their offices. One U.K. company, Virgin Holidays, claims to have chopped nearly £10,000 (more than $16,000) from its yearly use of materials by reducing the paper used in many of its locations.
In doing so, the company has deployed several types of technology, namely signature types that allow for documents to be signed digitally, as well as better digital transaction management. Some of its purchasing contract processes have been reduced from two hours to less than 10 minutes as a result, while HR saw its average time used to hire staff decrease from two weeks to two days.
The advantages that can be reached regarding these developments have the potential to allow businesses great improvements in speed and quality in their daily practices, so they are able to meet short hiring deadlines without question of any holdups.
"Our aim in working with DocuSign was to create a paperless office," said Virgin Holidays HR business partner Claire Willoughby to the news source. "We've achieved much more. Signing times are down hugely both internally and externally, admin time has been reduced massively, and we've saved around £10,000 per year in materials costs alone."
Meanwhile, the BBC reported a second type of technological improvement has been experimented with and may reach modern offices as soon as 2017. The new Dell project may be able to read moods of its users, and able to accurately identify a wearer's emotional states over time. There's a good chance that if it's used in many modern offices, it could vastly improve production approaches.
One researcher on the project said that the technology, if it notes a user concentrating, can reduce distractions by letting calls go to voicemail. If it senses frustration or boredom, it can tell workers to take a break. It may even change the world of user-based experiences and technology, the news source added.
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