A traditional office may have cubicles of desktop computers with workers chained to their workstations to use them, but that image is fading fast. Cue the 21st century where open spaces encourage mobility and tablets are on deck to complete the new picture. Employees may soon be encouraged to use an iPad Air over a PC. Also, the innovative technology of tablets is still quite impressive — and here are some reasons why.
Recent surveys show those in the corner office are actually more likely to use a tablet over lower-level employees. What people are using them for runs the gamut, but most executives are viewing presentations and scrolling data. Nearly half of director-level workers or higher said they use tablets at work.
If you’re one of the 10 percent of workers who uses a tablet, people could assume you’re on a higher employment level. Of course, we may also see the total number of employees who use tablets to increase. Experts predict that one in five tablets will be available for enterprise use by 2017.
You Will Look Tech-Savvy During Presentations
Learning new technology improves your cognitive skills and constantly challenges your brain. As you stroll into your meeting unencumbered by a laptop, you feel confident with your informative charts, graphics, and slide shows. You may even have a brief clip of a video to illustrate your point, seamlessly integrated with the rest of your presentation. Other benefits include easier set-up and break-down of your equipment and demonstration of your creative spirit. Studies show that 36 percent of workers use tablets for presentations versus 27 percent who use laptops.
You can also use a tablet outside of the office. Imagine a construction worker showing up on site with plans to make sure the project is going well or a designer taking plans directly to a manufacturer. The lightweight device fits comfortably in just about any work bag.
You Can Keep Up with the Latest Apps
When you have a tablet at your side, it’s not just about looking techn savvy. It’s also about being tech savvy. There are hundreds of apps in almost every industry that can help you stay up to date on the latest happenings in your field. If you need to stay ahead of the stock market, there are apps for that. If you need to be plugged into the latest business and finance news, you can find an app for that, too.
You can also keep up with apps that aren’t as obviously work-related, but are still important nevertheless: fashion and trends. Use your tablet to stay in the know about what you should wear to meetings, presentations, or conferences. This is especially important if you do any work abroad and want to be aware of what is culturally acceptable.
Tablets Can Save Your Company Time and Money
A staggering 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies use tables, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Tablets can impress clients, explain figures to partners, and pass along updated information. Company heads could be ready to cut costly reams of paper for reports, agendas, and memos. It’s easier to get access to files that need to shared with the entire office via a tablet. Information is easily be transferred, stored, shared, and accessed from anywhere as long as the tablet is wirelessly connected.
There’s also another perk to tablets that can save your company money. A practice called Bring Your Own Device (or BYOD) encourages employees to bring personal mobile devices from home to plug into the company network. While you may have a PC at your workstation, using your own device to go mobile allows more employees to work offsite. It also means that companies don’t have to make the costly investment of purchasing a device for every worker.
Tablet use will increase in the workplace, offering even more ways for employees to increase productivity. The ability to work faster, smarter, and in a variety of environments will strengthen a worker’s ability to reach company goals.