The workplace has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains the same: the need for effective communications. Since the beginning of time, the success of every business has relied on this one crucial business strategy.
However, the rapidly changing workforce hasn’t made it easy for companies to communicate with everyone on their team. So, communication technology had to step it up. And it has, as major technological advancements allow organizations everywhere to not only continue communicating, but achieve things they never thought possible.
To understand exactly how workforce communications have evolved, EmployeeChannel, Inc. — a leading provider of workforce communication solutions — took a step back in time to connect the dots.
Here’s how workforce communications have changed throughout the years, and what companies need to do today to keep up:
- Around 40,000 years ago, people began communicating through cave drawings.
- In 1983, the internet, nicknamed the “network of networks,” was born, making communication instant and even more frequent.
- In 1992, the first smartphone, IBM’s Simon, was introduced. You could use the Simon to make calls and send and receive emails, faxes, and pages.
- The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) craze will further enhance employees’ availabilities and connections at work.
- Constantly changing tools and more remote work will require leaders to focus on communication strategy planning and tools.
In today’s workforce, companies need to give communication strategies the same amount of attention as business strategies:
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Waldorf, Md.-based Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager and president of Come Recommended, the PR solution for job search and HR tech companies. She writes about issues impacting the modern workplace.