The first iPad was sold five years ago, on April 3 2010, in the USA.  The iPad along with many other technological advances have contributed to a workplace that looks and behaves differently to five years ago.

Whether your laptop has gotten thinner, or the kettle has been replaced with a new touch screen coffee machine, or your angry shredder now emits a quiet whisper, or you are wearing a fitness tracker to remind you to get up every so often, technology in your workspace will have definitely changed in the past five years.

Hell, your Wi-Fi connectivity has almost certainly been invested in.

Think back five years, what devices are you relying on more now than five years ago?

Here’s what respondents to our 2015 Productivity Trends Report told us.


Top 4 devices respondents are using more often

  1. 23{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} reported increased use of Smartphones
  2. 19{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} using Tablets more
  3. 14{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} now using Laptops more often
  4. 12{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} are using Additional Monitors more often


The 4 devices reported as being used less often

  1. Fax 20{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} are using Faxes less often now
  2. 14{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} using Photocopier less often
  3. 11{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} are using a Desktop PC less often
  4. 10{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} now use a printer less


Does this reflect your experience? How has technology impacted your working life?

Here’s a selection of ten answers with positive sentiment provided by respondents to our Productivity Reports asked the same question. We’ve balanced this with ten answers with negative sentiment also.

10 ways technology has positively impacted the workplace since 2010

  1. “Sending more documents by email as a pdf through an encrypted program rather than mailing a printed version. Switched from Outlook to Google Chrome for email and calendar.”
  2. “I started working from home which means much less commuting and spending time with family.”
  3. “Internet speeds have increased, my job is easier and fast to complete. “
  4. “I have more devices to access information. Not necessarily different information, but information I need; when and where I need it.”
  5. “I am able to work from home much more often now”
  6. “Need to be connected more when away from both work and home desks. Tablets and Smartphones have greatly improved my overall productivity and increased my flexibility in where I can work from.”
  7. “more monitors”
  8. “I am much more mobile.”
  9. “I added a 2nd monitor”
  10. “More accomplished right at my desk.”


10 ways technology has negatively impacted the workplace since 2010

  1. More pressure; more work; less people to do the work
  2. Although I spend less time commuting, I spend more hours working. Flexibility” of telecommuting just results in more hours worked.”
  3. more complex IT environment (cloud computing, security, multiple vendors) … makes IT security very challenging
  4. I do more work on the computer and less face to face” interaction.”
  5. The speed with which we have to do things is greater. The productivity expectations are tons more!
  6. constant access has not allowed more freedom and tipped work/life balance in a negative way
  7. More pressure, in part due to huge increase in email.
  8. Way more e-mail intensive!
  9. I’ve gotten older and fatter, more duties, same expectations
  10. “Getting older and more tired”


Which answers could have been yours? If they are answers with negative sentiment you could consider how you are using technology. Are you harnessing it to enable you, or have you allowed yourself to become a slave to it?

If you’d like to follow the lead of the 12{3bd8d559a10c7b53d43ee5a40432883f63579c4fd6edc8dac88954d74ee5f2b3} that are using additional monitors more often now than five years ago you’re sure to recognize productivity gains. Our docking stations make adding a second monitor a simple and easy, no matter what type of laptop or monitor you have.