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Embracing new technology raises new management challenges

The successful use of new technologies can bring huge benefits, but their implementation in the workplace can require a management re-think.

The rapid development of new technologies has meant that giving staff the right skills can be a challenge for employers - as can training existing staff to keep pace with new products. Older workers in particular can feel disadvantaged when it comes to mastering new and rapidly changing technologies and may need extra support.

There's no doubt that technology has turned the way we work and communicate on its head. In recent years, rapid advances in web-based communication have opened up previously unimaginable possibilities for mobile and remote working. This is good news for staff and employers alike, of course, but a greater degree of remote working brings with it new challenges. With staff having less face-time with their colleagues and line managers and working more independently, management and supervisory practices will often need a re-think to keep staff engaged and motivated, and to help maintain a cohesive team.

Acas can help you manage the impact of new technologies in the workplace, with specialists available to help diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to meet your needs Visit the Acas training and business solutions page for more information.

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