Wireless Technology in the Workplace: 4 Emerging Trends to Watch

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Sep 25, 2018

Sep 25, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Wireless technology in the workplace continues to have a significant impact on how modern workers do their jobs. There's no limit on how wireless devices can show us new ways of performing the same old business tasks. Find out more here on four emerging trends that are hitting offices all over the country.

Foundations for Change: Bluetooth Technology

Researchers predict that by 2021, there will be 15 billion internet devices that use Bluetooth technology. Digital marketing company Lonelybrand, reports that the latest Blue Tooth (version 5) upgrade is ready to make that prediction a come true.

Bluetooth has become the standard operating system for wireless technology. This technology sends shortwave radio transmissions between electronic devices to command and complete requests. Bluetooth was created in 1994 as an alternative to computer data cables.

The Bluetooth 5 upgrade increased their data transmission rate to be twice as fast as their older version. Workers can now send and receive data in half the time.

Bluetooth 5 also increased their small device battery processing power by 20-30%. Increased processing power means that Bluetooth devices can do more than they could before like connect workers to two Bluetooth devices at the same time.

Trends in Wireless Technology in the Workplace

These Bluetooth upgrades are at the heart of new and emerging wireless trends in the workplace. Employers can see the benefits of wireless technologies as their employees accomplish work quicker and more effectively. Here's an up-close-up look at some of these trends.

HR Systems

HR software can now streamline all administrative HR functions. Cloud-based management systems merge recruitment, attendance, and payroll systems into a single, convenient interface. These one-stop systems eliminate hours of manual data entry and other administrative tasks.

Hardware Installation

Wireless technologies in the workplace make installing office hardware in large organizations easier. Connecting PCs and printers to the company's network once meant running long cables throughout a building. Now IT professionals extend the wireless signal to include more rooms and equipment that share the network's password.

Voice Search

Voice search will be the mainstream SEO strategy to help you stay wireless at work. This speech recognition technology is found on most smartphones and lets users speak keywords into their phones rather than type them. Around seventy percent of Google searches are now done with voice search.

Voice search algorithms are getting better at responding to voice commands. Improved chipsets can process your commands faster and give you quicker responses to those commands.

Employee Mobility

Wireless technologies will continue to enable employee mobility. More and more employees can now work from their cars as well as their homes. Some businesses have abandoned office buildings all together to save on overhead and utility costs.

Employee "mobility" also refers to an employee's ease to move throughout an office building. Wireless LAN connectivity has eliminated those annoying tethering cables that chained employees to their desks. Employees can now retrieve data stored in off-site storage to respond to customer requests.

If you're a business owner, don't let these trends pass you by. Talk to your IT staff to see where wireless technology in the workplace can position you to outpace your competitors. Don't forget to check the Washing Post career blog to read about other emerging trends and industries of the future.