In Canada and the USA, we produce waste at an exceptional rate. Food, water, and other resources are being consumed far beyond our actual use for them. When they are used, they aren’t being used sustainably. The World Bank predicts that the amount of trash in the world will increase up to 70% by 2050. Reducing waste in your offices by creating a culture centered around sustainability can help cut costs, enhance brand reputation, and improve employee morale.
Technology and business have long held the promise of the paperless office. Despite the countless resources available and new software, many companies have not yet made that transition. The use of paper and physical files is still rampant among office workers and shows little signs of slowing. In an Edelman Berland Survey, 59% of companies said they would like to be more digital, yet only 2% of offices use no paper for business contracts and transactions.
The conversation about going paperless and introducing sustainable business practices is not new. For the last few decades there has been an ongoing discussion about the reality of going paperless. There is a clear dependency on paper that spans industries, yet most offices haven’t made significant change in the volume of their paper use. Many people attribute that lack of commitment to security concerns.
Communication has gone through an evolution following the advances of technology in general. The way we’ve communicated as individuals, groups, and organizations have all been disrupted by innovation. Property managers often act as a liaison between customers, colleagues, vendors, and others, which makes optimizing communication incredibly important. Being able to send documents like letters, notices, or even invoices electronically and en-masse can offer a multitude of benefits for your company.
An important part of business is communication. The ability to stay connected to partners and customers at any given moment, can affect the efficiency of your operation. Traditionally writer correspondence and physical mail was the most common way to communicate, especially when communication was sensitive. Direct mail is still frequently used but there are now alternative methods of communicating that prove to be better options. Relying on traditional mail for important business matters can actually be unfavorable compared to newer, more effective options.
Not too long-ago video conferencing technology was the thing of imaginative TV or an out of reach technology. Today video meeting software is a readily available, easy to access tool that companies can leverage. However, many companies are hesitant about their switch to remote video technology. TechRadar research shows that around 26%-30% of people are uncomfortable with the idea of using video conferences.
Extended reality refers to all the immersive technology or new realities. The relatively new technology marks a point of disruption in the world of real estate and property management.
In 2020 the democratization of technology is considered one of the year’s top technology trends. Information, data, and communication can be exchanged easier than ever before. The distribution of knowledge and barriers to access have shifted drastically and as a result business has changed too.
Technology at work can be complicated. As business executives mull over the advantages and disadvantages of installing specialized software, various factors are considered in the cost-benefit analysis. Arguably, the most important effect to consider is how technology supports your team. PWC research found that 90% of C-Suite executives felt like they were making decisions related technology that reflected their staff’s needs but only about 53% of staff agreed.
Innovation is happening all around us at an exponential rate. One the trendiest technologies right now is Artificial Intelligence. AI has been an element of science fiction for many years, but it has now become a reality. Artificial Intelligence (AI) commonly comes across as a scary force but in reality, it’s a tool that has a place in businesses and everyday life. As technology gets more complicated it can become difficult to understand the practicality of some developments. Harnessing the potential of AI can be incredibly beneficial to property management companies as well.