Technology is changing the way we live our lives, connect with people, and particularly changing the way we work. Old workplace practices that were before the most effective option to get things done are now on their way out. See which practices are out of date, why they are holding back businesses, decreasing productivity among employees, and where you can improve your own workplace practices.
As technology makes the world more connected, working schedules are getting more intuitive. Remote work is becoming more widely popular and accepted, and successful projects no longer tie people to the office or a physical location. Project management software, artificial intelligence, and better-delegated workforce means there is a decreasing need for static schedules and a defined definition of how we work.
Defining a set of working and schedule rules for employees is increasingly outdated. It’s also gaining criticism and may even decrease innovation as well as happiness among teams. The need here is for employers to be more flexible for their employees time, schedule, location, and requirements that were previously strictly defined. Static schedules are continually proving to be one of the most outdated workplace practices.
Reports are losing their credibility of effectiveness and popularity among employees. This archaic practice of annual reviews or reports done with employees should be replaced with more involvement and feedback throughout each working project, not compressed into a single report in a small part of an entire year.
Annual reports no longer identify skills, talents, and weaknesses. They only prove bothersome for employees and are resource-wasteful for the business. Replace with real-time feedback, open discussions, and skill shops that actually improve weaknesses and build skills.
Similar to the static schedules, the hierarchy is the traditional approach of managing people within teams, departments, and company structures. This approach of top-down management leads to micromanagement. Overall, traditional hierarchy gives a top-down approach to management and working, that does not move forward innovation for everyone.
Email is no longer the giant in work communication with its unorganized inboxes, long threads, and messily delayed replies. With many alternatives to email with communication and team collaboration software, there shouldn’t be an excuse for a team to use email as their primary communication if their goal is effective productivity.
While email still remains to be a powerhouse in working and doesn’t appear to be completely disappearing anytime soon, email working as sole communication in the workplace proves to be outdated. Email is one of the many workplace practices that are simply just too bloated primary communication among teams, most especially for the growing amount of work done solely on computer and devices.