Is Technology Really Making Us More Unproductive?

Every day, we find ourselves surrounded by devices that allow us to communicate, function and perform tasks simple and easy – we wake up with the alarm of our phones, send messaged to others, brew coffee on a machine, turn on TV to watch a movie, open tablets to read news articles or start work on our laptops – and the list goes on.

While we sip our morning drink with our eyes fixed on a screen, a little robot does the cleaning on the floor, while a machine cleans our dishes, and another washes our laundry.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution focuses on a more merged technology, bringing us 3Ds, robots, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Realities – and connecting our physical world to the imaginative one.

On this note, it is safe to assume that Digital Transformation, as a part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has enabled us to think ahead and turn the difficult into practical, through automation.

Automation has is a technological advancement that takes human intervention to a minimum – or to a completely inexistent level. At first, we had machinery replacing humans in factories, that progressively became more and more modern as time went by.

Nowadays, we have big and smaller machineries, robots that perform functions humans used to do but don’t have to, anymore.

Automation is an important factor in the Industrial Revolution but, in this post, we are here to discuss something else – is all this technology making us lazier?

Or more productive?

Well – it is easy to see why we could become accommodated. Going back to the example used at the beginning of this post, we have ourselves enjoying our early-morning coffee while working. Meanwhile, the house is being cleaned, but not by you.

What is the “laziness” in this scenario?

Instead of picking the coffee grains and brewing it yourself, you simply placed a small capsule into a compartment, and allowed the coffee machine to brew for you.

Instead of washing all of your last-night plates and forks, you placed them inside a machine with soap that will do the trick.

Instead of scrubbing your own bed sheets and putting them on the Sun to dry, you tossed them into yet another machine that will do it all in one cycle.

And, instead of getting a broom to wipe your floor, you got yourself a robot that goes around your house eliminating every dirt while your dog barks at it.

If you’ve got devices to do all these chores for you, then you might be asking – what in the world are you doing?

Well… how about: being productive?

Technology can increase productivity

Technology not only allows you to work more – after all, you are not doing your house chores because you have emails to respond and meetings to attend – but also allows you to be more productive at work.

As Paldesk points out, technology “motivates you to work.” Aside from being in the comfort of home, we work making great use of the Cloud, with data stored and available for us anywhere and anytime. This gives a faster environment for updates and a better data flow for employees who are away or not able to communicate face-to-face to continue on their tasks effortlessly. Therefore, dispersed work environments are once again reunited, in a way.

Companies that invest in technology and in a digitalized workplace can see an increase in revenue if employees are satisfied and able to produce better – technology allows them to feel and be more productive.

Aside from this increase in revenue, employees are able to communicate better and faster thanks to technology – hence why there’s also a huge increase in collaboration and in the general workflow of things. Different teams can make use of collaboration tools and platforms, like Zoho or Salesforce, to keep track of group activities and save time on tasks that are too simple.

And, of course – it automates everything.

Technology makes us even more productive. Through the automation, the efficiency and simplicity of performing simple, every day tasks for us, it is not making us lazy – but letting us focus on the things that really matter and – still – need to be done by us.

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