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A Look at the Top Office Management Trends of 2021


We are all aware that the past 18 months have been challenging (to say the least). Thanks to the pandemic, businesses have been forced to adapt to what has been termed a “new normal”. For some, this is rather straightforward. However, larger organisations have undergone what can only be called monumental changes within relatively short periods of time.

This is why appreciating some of the latest office management trends is entirely relevant. How do bespoke software solutions play an important role? What steps can stakeholders take to ensure a positive in-house culture? Let us peruse these and similar questions, as the answers may not be as clear as they initially appear. 

Streamlined Digital Approaches
It is important to recall that many employees who are returning to the office will need time to adjust. This process may be challenging; particularly if they are forced to utilise the same legacy software packages that were frustratingly inefficient in the past. Thus, management should make it a point to implement the latest solutions. One shining example can be seen when referring to the complexities associated with overseeing software licenses for common database management solutions such as Oracle.

A cutting-edge license management tool for Oracle will offer a number of benefits including:

  • Simplifying any and all compliance concerns.
  • Understanding which bundles are used the most often.
  • Targeted software packages that are set to expire
  • Cloud-based tracking for an additional level of redundancy.

Of course, this is only one example of how unique software bundles can provide in-house employees with user-friendly solutions. 

Hands-On Team Management

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As this article observes, the concept of employee engagement should never be taken lightly. Workers must feel as if they can speak to team leaders and managers in the event that an issue or problem arises. In the same respect, management must always be willing to convey their desires in a hierarchical manner. This approach breeds a sense of mutual trust and transparency; leading to a more efficient office and ultimately, resulting in higher levels of productivity. 

The Growing Role of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) has irrevocably changed the notion of “business as usual” within the workplace. Asset management solutions, real-time occupancy sensors, telecommuting, and increased levels of automation are all perfect examples. However, it is important to note that employee contentment is another facet of this revolution.

Managers should look into what IoT resources can be used to foster a more relaxed and inviting workplace. Climate control systems, wireless headsets, smartphone integration, and telecommuting are common examples which can often be implemented. The simple fact of the matter is that today’s workforce is more technologically savvy than every before. Thus, employees now expect companies to integrate the latest methods in order to remain one step ahead of the curve.

An Ever-Evolving Concept

Managing an office is no easy task. The ultimate goal is to find a delicate balance between employee happiness, productivity and efficiency. All of the methods above will make their presence known in the near future, so they should be embraced sooner as opposed to later. 

Sean Jacobson

I'm Sean, a former HR and business consultant providing you insights into the business world for Leader to Leader.

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