Remote work, hybrid work, and the Great Resignation are all major buzzwords in the business world today. All of them reflect how, spurred along by the pandemic, today’s technological advancements like automation and AI are changing the way we think about work. With these advancements touting benefits like increased productivity, efficiency, and job satisfaction, more companies are now making significant tech investments.

Yet as an employee, you can’t help but wonder if these technologies will end up replacing your job in the near future. Fortunately, career development experts LHH report that the human factor in work is still highly valuable. Rather than coming to take our jobs, modern tools are only seen as a way to supplement irreplaceable human skills.

In fact, embracing these technologies yourself can help you be more productive and do more meaningful work. Below are a few such tools that may just end up becoming your best friend at the office.

Virtual personal assistants

If you’re the forgetful sort or simply wish to get things done faster, a virtual personal assistant may be just the thing you need. Household names like Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa can help you set reminders or mark meetings, events, and deadlines on your calendar so you don’t forget about them. With the phrase “note that….” you can have your assistant save important bits of information for you. You can even dictate documents instead of typing them out. These assistants may become available on Google-powered glasses by 2024. We’ve reported that the current prototype uses AR to show you language translations as you listen in real time, which can come in handy when you need to break down language barriers at work.

Collaboration software

Whether you’re working in a physical, remote, or hybrid setup, communicating with your colleagues can make or break the quality of your output. Collaboration software like Google Docs, Slack, and Trello can help you track the progress of shared projects. Since these tools are digital, you don’t have to be working in the same physical space to use them. Online tech publication UC Today adds that their improved communication and tracking capabilities allow you to further ensure consistent quality across entire projects. These benefits are amplified if you use a software supported by your company’s IT office. This will help you follow good cybersecurity hygiene by reducing the chances of any information leaks or breaches. It will also make it easier to retrieve lost data in adverse circumstances.

Data analytics

It’s no secret that the world produces unfathomable amounts of data each day — and much of that data can be leveraged to improve how you do your own work. If you’re a marketer, data analytics tools can measure customer response to your campaigns so you can improve them in more accurate ways. The same goes for HR professionals looking to increase job satisfaction, healthcare workers seeking to improve their care, public officials gauging public response to implemented policies, and even logistics workers wishing to streamline their supply chains. Ultimately, Investopedia explains that automated data analytics platforms can help you easily glean valuable insights from large amounts of data, make better work decisions, and move faster toward more positive outcomes.

Yes, we’re living in a Digital Age — but that doesn’t necessarily mean that robots are out to take our jobs. By embracing modern advancements through these three standout work tools, you’ll combine the best of both worlds and be able to perform at your best.

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