Wake up!” The digital native of the family crawls out of bed with a smart phone in his hand. WhatsApp has informed me that the others have already got up. My phone reminds me of a meeting this morning and of the tasks on my work list. On my way to work I show my travel card to the control device which peeps its acceptance. During my trip I go over my e-mails, answer them, and arrange into files. I record notes related to my projects into my software application. My friend texts me regards from the Great Wall of China.
Technological development is now faster than ever in the history of mankind. Social media buzz, virtual teams and online meetings. Enthusiasm and ease of tackling work tasks when they come to mind bring new risks also to information work. One has to set clear limits and supervise oneself.
People have always looked for easy ways of doing things with the help of new techniques and technologies – easier ways to do heavy, dirty and boring jobs, as well as difficult and hazardous tasks. Will there still be work for human beings? Luckily, along with new technologies, new needs arise continuously. And work is created to meet those needs.
Technology offers new opportunities also for safety work. In warehouses, products are collected by voice-guided forklifts, and this frees the operator to use his eyes for observation. Police officers can’t even begin to imagine their work without location services. Similarly, persons who work alone can get help more quickly with the help of location services. Taxi and bus drivers have panic buttons and safety cameras for their protection.
The future is now. Let’s keep our minds open to change. Let’s take care of people.