Try to remember what the workplace was like twenty or thirty years ago. If you are old enough, think back another twenty or thirty years. Virtually nothing is the same. It really does not matter what type of workplace you are thinking about; things have changed dramatically.
Modern technology has permeated just about every sector of the workplace. Just try to find a desk that does not have a computer sitting either on it or under it. Access to the Internet is ubiquitous. Gone are the days of typewriters, adding machines, and the like. Go back even farther, and every desk had a bottle of ink with a quill pen. Go back farther still, and things begin to look really scary. Anyone remember clay tablets or abacuses?
In the office, there are now project management programs where it allows you to completely organize your employees activities and delegate projects. 3rd party software such as Worketc’s business project management software has changed the office forever. Efficiency within the work place has increased by ten fold.
It is not just in the office that technology has changed the workplace. Manufacturing has changed drastically. Robots now do the tedious work that was once done by humans. Once the goods are finished, they are transported in large containers. The backbreaking work of lifting boxes and loading them onto ships is gone. For better or worse, much of the mundane work that was once done by people is now done by technologically advanced machines.
Every workplace has been changed. For example, I opened up my mail the other day and I had a vehicle registration renewal notice. I had to get my car checked for smog emissions. Computerized equipment carefully and accurately measured the amount of pollution that my car was putting out. I brought the paperwork to the Department of Motor Vehicles. They already knew that my car had passed, because that information had already been electronically transmitted to them over the Internet. I gave the clerk my debit card, and punched in my PIN on a keypad. A laser printer printed out my updated registration. Had my car not passed, I would have taken it to my mechanic. This person is not the greasy mechanic of days of old. He is a college educated professional. He would start by connecting a computer to my car to determine what is wrong with it. And so it goes. The workplace, no, the world, will never be the same.