The whole concept of the corporate office and the 9-5 working pattern has adapted almost unrecognisably in the past decade. So much so, in fact, that it will be a tough task explaining to Generation Z that we didn’t always start at 10am, that we didn’t always work from wherever the nearest Wi-Fi connection was, and that video collaboration was not something that every business did. Here, we look at how the workplace has changed and how the adoption of Skype for Business, among other web-based communication advancements, has developed employees’ ability to work together.
In the past decade, global communication has gone from something once just dreamed about to an everyday reality. With the conception of Skype in 2003, internet-based telephony became an expectation in many households and, with Skype bringing us together in our personal lives, it was natural that a business incarnation would follow suit. It was Microsoft’s purchase of Skype in May 2011 which brought life to Skype for Business.
The world of business is forever changing. Workflows adapt, employee personalities evolve and what used to be the typical office is now unrecognisable – but a constant presence behind the scenes of every company are the services that keep it running.