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Elite Property Manager - - Contents - ALIS­TER MAPLE-BROWN is the CEO of Rock­end. For more in­for­ma­tion visit rock­end.com.au.

Alis­ter Maple-Brown

THE WAY WE WORK to­day is so very dif­fer­ent to the way we worked even a short num­ber of years ago – and one of the key driv­ers of this change has been con­sumer tech­nol­ogy.

Tra­di­tion­ally, busi­nesses have kept a tight rein on the de­vices their em­ploy­ees use and the soft­ware they ac­cess. But stroll through al­most any com­pany to­day and it quickly be­comes ap­par­ent that em­ploy­ees have taken mat­ters into their own hands. Now, in­stead of re­ly­ing on IT-sanc­tioned desk­top com­put­ers and cen­trally de­ployed soft­ware, you're much more likely to find peo­ple us­ing their per­sonal de­vices.

It's easy to un­der­stand why. The con­sumeri­sa­tion of tech­nol­ogy has put a vast range of de­vices and tools into our hands, en­abling us to work where and when we want and how we feel most com­fort­able and pro­duc­tive.

Yet many busi­nesses have been slow to con­sider how they can ap­ply this to their ad­van­tage to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion amongst their team.

Here's two op­tions to con­sider.

FACE­BOOK AT WORK

Face­book has al­ready pretty much taken over your per­sonal life. Now it's com­ing for you at work, and is set to make work as ad­dic­tive as so­cial­is­ing.

Set to launch in Novem­ber 2016, the en­ter­prise com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion net­work Face­book

at Work is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to ri­vals such as Yam­mer and Slack – al­low­ing you to com­mu­ni­cate and col­lab­o­rate with your team, and cut­ting down on email chains and other old hat ways of work­ing. It will boast a news feed and mo­bile apps for iOS and An­droid.

Its big­gest strength will likely be its fa­mil­iar­ity to us all.

GOOGLE DOCS

For decades Mi­crosoft's Of­fice Suite has reigned supreme. It's a busi­ness ne­ces­sity, right? Maybe not. Most users re­port us­ing less than 10 per cent of the fea­tures of­fer within the Mi­crosoft Of­fice suite. And it's not cheap ei­ther.

En­ter Google Docs. Part of a suite of Google cloud ap­pli­ca­tions, Google Docs en­ables you to cre­ate, edit, store and share files with other users on­line from re­mote lo­ca­tions and in real time.

The power of Google Docs is it's ver­sa­til­ity. You no longer need to con­cern your­self with data stor­age and backup as this is han­dled by Google. And if you use a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent de­vices all you need to do is open a browser and you're good to go.

One thing is for sure, there's enor­mous po­ten­tial for com­pa­nies to em­brace a re­designed ap­proach to busi­ness. As we con­tinue to em­brace the use of con­sumer tech­nol­ogy in the work­place, we'll see dra­matic gains in pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity. ■

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