3 Ways Automation is Changing Organization, and How to Adapt
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Automation is changing almost everything about how we work — and that includes how we keep ourselves organized.
Even elite consultants are at risk for being replaced by automation if they don’t adapt to the changing workplace.
Productivity and organization consultants will need to know how automation is changing organization in order to properly help their clients stay organized and productive. Here are three ways that automation is changing organization, and how you can adapt.
1. Our Tools (and Clutter) Are Digital
Automation is radically changing how we get work done. With today’s automation technology, around 50% of all work can be automated. But while some jobs are at risk for being completely replaced by robots, in many fields, automation has become a complement to workers, rather than their successor.
As a result, essential tasks are more likely than ever to be completed on the computer, and many companies are going entirely paperless — meaning that office clutter is more likely to be on computers and cloud servers than in desk drawers and filing cabinets.
If you haven’t already, learn about how to keep computers organized, and the different ways to automate basic clean-up tasks, like defragmentation, cloud back-ups and the deletion of older files.
It also wouldn’t hurt to pick up related computer skills, like advanced keyboard shortcuts and other productivity-saving techniques that you can pass on to clients.
2. New Technology Has Changed Our Workplaces
Combine the automation of rote tasks with the rise of better telecommunications technology, and it becomes more possible than ever to work from home. More and more employees are jumping at the chance to work remotely, but the new environment comes with new distractions, and new organizational challenges.
Offices have transformed significantly over the past few years, and they’re likely to change even more in the future. New work arrangements, like coworking, have employees and freelancers learning to share their workplaces with strangers.
And digital nomads, a new class of worker that works entirely from their computer and travel the world, are having to learn to set boundaries and stay productive when their personal life and work life both occupy the exact same space.
Consultants need to be prepared for people who have a strong work-life balance and, at the same time, those with a very porous boundary between life and work. Productivity and organizational consultants will need to learn how to encourage healthy habits, show how to keep home offices organized and how workers can stay productive when their office is always on the move.
3. We Have New Distractions
Automated emails, instant messages and phone calls relentlessly demand our attention all throughout the day. Automation may make an organization consultant’s job harder in some ways, but it also creates new distractions that a lot that workers will need help with.
The average worker spends a massive one-third of their day checking their email — and that goes up to 50 percent if they’re working from home. At the same time, other distractions like social media and work chats vie for our attention, distracting us from our real work. These distractions may be short — a few seconds here, a minute there — but they can seriously damage our productivity. It can take nearly 30 minutes to recover after being distracted, even if the distraction was extremely brief.
As a consultant, you can learn more about email organization and management, as well as productivity tips and methods that workers can use to stay focused and organized at a workplace that is more connected and automated than ever before.
Adapting to an Automated Workplace
Automation is changing almost everything about how we work — like how we communicate, what tasks we complete and how we stay organized and productive.
If they want to stay valuable to clients, productivity and organization consultants will need to know how automation is changing organization, in order to get the most out of these technologies and to be able to offer the best advice about these technologies to their clients.
Consultants will need to adapt to the challenges faced by new kinds of workers — like those that work primarily from home or a coworking space, or those that have become digital nomads. They will also need to learn how to work with new technologies and help workers deal with new workplace distractions. If successful, organization consultants will be able provide a service that no AI can.
Kayla Matthews is the owner and editor of the self-improvement and efficiency blog, ProductivityTheory.com. Her work has appeared on Inc.com, Fast Company, Tiny Buddha and FinerMinds. To read more posts from Kayla, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.