TECHNOLOGY has helped to boost office workers' productivity by 84 per cent over the past four decades, research shows. As new digital advancements are introduced, productivity will continue to increase, experts said.
Technology such as mobile phones, email and business software has transformed the workplace, according to the research.
Since the 1970s, when office workers sat in front of noisy typewriters in smoke-filled offices, there has been a five-fold boost in productivity relating to information and communication technology (ICT), the report found.
Labour productivity per hour associated with ICT has grown dramatically - up by 480 per cent since 1972 - according to the report by O2 Business and the
It also found a steep growth in productivity during the 1990s and 2000s because of the launches of products such as Microsoft Windows 3.0 in 1990, dial-up internet in 1992 and Google search engine in 1998.
While the advances in technology have helped businesses get more done in a shorter amount of time, they have also helped companies save money in storage.
In 1980, a gigabyte of hard disk space cost [pounds]120,000 in today's money, compared with a current cost of about 5p.
The authors forecast that over the next seven years productivity will grow by a further 22 per cent as the latest products are put on the market.
"Productivity is important because it is the primary driver of economic growth in the long run, " said
"Further investment in ICT capital as well as improvements in the quality of this capital - also known as technological development - help drive productivity improvements now and into the future.
"This will help support further growth in the
TECHNOLOGY has helped to boost office workers' productivity by 84 per cent over the past four decades, research shows.
As new digital advancements are introduced, productivity will continue to increase, experts said.