In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine a working life before the advent of the internet. While personal computing was around for a number of years before the internet really took hold, it has now become so much a part of most people’s working lives that it’s difficult to envision life without it.
While there are a number of obvious ways in which the internet has changed the ways in which we work, there are some less readily apparent impacts that computers and the worldwide web have brought about in our workplaces. It’s also worth noting that while many of the changes will be in office-based work, there are plenty of ways in which other types of work have been irreversibly altered by the internet and its attendant services.
The ways in which we communicate have changed in the working lifetime of many of the people in most workplaces. Speak to anyone over the age of 30 and they are likely to remember the likes of intra-office memos, post with compliments slips and faxed correspondence.