We have over time, tried…
We have attempted to change time, or reorganize it at least, to accommodate our changing lifestyles. The four-day work week has been a dream of forward thinking nations for decades now. In another effort to adjust time (so we aren’t all doing the same thing at the same time, namely sitting in traffic) we have bravely attempted to stagger working hours so that we are heading to our work places at 7, 8, 9 and 10am and returning to our homes in 8 hours later respective of the time we started.
That seemed to help until we doubled the numbers of workers and cars on the road, and then we were back where we started, in a traffic jam, albeit now extended over greater time. Even before cars and two income families though, we recognized the need to make time more user friendly. The Europeans amongst others, went so far as to create family friendly work days in which the whole family returned from work or school to eat and nap in the middle of the day. But, that was before traffic jams.
At long last though, there is hope on the horizon and the salvation of time is two-fold. Her knight in shining armor is technology. Very specifically, technology like transcription technology that is smartphone capable and cloud accessible. Wow, you say, that is a lot to credit to transcription and it would be, if it were only transcription riding this trend. It’s not, but transcription is a great and easy to understand example of how simple technologies are reaping the greatest changes in time.
How Transcription is Changing Time
As stated, transcription technology like TranscribeMe is changing time in two very important ways. In the first instance, it is making the traffic jam, the bank queue and the doctor’s office wait, time that is not being burned but rather utilized. Every professional must, to some extent, deal with note taking, reporting and archival responsibilities, some a lot more than others. In some organizations, these responsibilities are massive and company leaders are taking the initiative to provide employees with smartphones to facilitate the more productive use of wasted time.
The first point is, by using smartphones to undertake these administrative tasks, professionals are making use of down time. The second way in which transcription is changing time is that it is being crowd sourced. Crowd sourcing is becoming an integral part of a significantly growing trend of people who are working from their homes, and thereby solving a whole raft of time-related problems including traffic, pollution and childcare issues to name but a few.
TranscribeMe transcription, a burned-time eater, aids this trend by taking smartphone dictation and distributing it to multiple transcribers who are transcribing the data in excess or wasted time they have indicated is available – thereby creating free time throughout the cycle.
Did I say free time? Yes please!
This post was written by Helga Sonier.