Technological development is a tidal wave that we have been unable to suppress for decades now, with people constantly thinking creatively, innovatively and practically to take the next step, come up with the next big idea that can make life easier for folk like you and me. But this isn’t all just hypothetical, theoretical, abstract development, and nor is it just revolutionary changes like implanting a camera on the front of a phone to make ‘selfies’ a very real (very prevalent) possibility, or creating social media which allows you to share your #breakfast with the world.
It goes far beyond everyday pass-times and pleasures. What we are seeing is an entire revolution in work life structure, with modern developments and changes completely altering the way we work in the modern world. One of the biggest, most over-arching contributions that new services and products have made to professional life is invigorating it with the potential for flexibility.
We are slowly waving goodbye to the dominance of the standard 9-5 day.
People are constantly becoming more and more connected; with each other, with ideas and information, with tips, insider knowledge, leaked scandals – everything the Internet has to offer. There are so many ways to communicate with people all over the world, be it via emails. Instant messaging services, conference calls, video calls, plain old telephone calls, chat rooms, social media… the possibilities are becoming endless.
And what that has meant for working professionals in many fields is that the idea of being hired based on merit alone is becoming stronger than ever. Thanks to the ease and efficiency of communications techniques, people can now gain a job from anywhere in the world, rather than just in close proximity to their homes and families. With services like LinkedIn it’s easy to find and verify potential employers and employees. Taking the process further, the use of teleconferencing for interviewing candidates is becoming an increasingly common and consistently beneficial practice.
Using audio meetings tends to continue throughout the professional relationship, offering not only the perfect tool to professionals who travel regularly, but also for those who actually permanently live further afield. You can check in with headquarters on daily, weekly or monthly conference calls, depending on your requirements – and with services like WHYPAY? which allow you to keep your conference call room permanently, use it as often as you like and for as long as you like, this is made really easy.
The fact is, distance is no longer a true barrier. Even while on the go between destinations, you can keep up to date on all your work – WiFi on trains and buses means you’re always connected. 4G phone plans and laptop adapters mean you can work from almost anywhere. You can conference call from mobiles (which can even be included in your bundled minutes and be made completely free of charge, if you know where to look), safely send large files, and be always contactable via all sorts of messaging on all manner of devices. And with functions like call recording so readily available, it might not matter so much if you weren’t quite paying close attention for the entire duration of the call – you can simply listen again at a time that is more convenient for you. In fact, if you aren’t even available at the time of the call, colleagues can simply send the file to you for review at a later time!
It all means that the power is being placed more firmly in your own hands to decide how, where and when you work. Your lifestyle no longer has to be dictated by your profession. What’s more, these developments apply to a huge array of different professional fields. Whether you’re a tutor or a coach, a sporting star or a politician, even a budding musician, or a religious official there are ingenious and invaluable ways to use virtual meetings to make your job simpler, and to make it work for you.