When you take a look at how the workplace has changed over the past couple of decades, you can see real evolution. However, that has seriously accelerated over the last year!

The Workplace Environment Over the Years


Looking back around 40 to 50 years ago, you would see offices made up of cubicles with piles of paper stacked up on desks. Today’s technology obviously wasn’t invented then, so all communication and administration were completed via landlines and hard copies. Independence was encouraged, unlike collaboration nowadays, which is why the cubicles were designed to keep every employee to themselves.


Workplaces have now been built with comfort and cooperation in mind. With more focus on employee wellbeing, furniture such as the standing desk and more casual settings have been introduced, alongside social collaboration and team building.

This shift has introduced remote working practices, so many employees’ offices are their homes or hospitality venues. However, none of this could have been possible without the rise in technology that has completely transformed the way we work.

Technological Advancements in the Workplace

As we entered the new millennium, we entered a digital business world that had gone both paperless and wireless. After 10 years of the internet, it started to be used for a huge array of tools and software in the workplace. Businesses built their own websites that represented them, online documents and file sharing replaced hard copies, and the fax machine was deemed useless against email.

Electronic forms of communication gave offices the freedom to expand to any location whilst still having the ability to communicate with each other. And this is the pivotal reason behind the dramatic change workplaces have experienced in 2020.

Workplace Transformation in 2020

Without this new technology, a lot of businesses would have failed this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional office workplace has near enough been abolished and transitioned to working from home with remote teams. It has been a sudden movement, but essential and fortunately seamless because of the advanced technology we have to hand.

Yes, some offices had already implemented flexible working hours and the option to work from home, but in this last year it has become compulsory for many employees. Unified communications and collaboration have aided in the transition and made it possible to continue working efficiently.

Who knows that the future will bring? No matter what, we recognise the importance of technology and are reassured that it will always be there to support businesses. Find out more about the varied technology Ocean Telecom supply that will help you work remotely and efficiently.