Four reasons to say ‘yes’ to the digital workplace
People love a digital workplace. It makes their job easier. They can connect, share ideas, gather feedback, and work with colleagues and customers in real-time, anywhere they want. Demand for flexible working is growing, as new generations join the workforce, which means it’s time to start thinking about making your workplace more digital.
Here are four reasons why you should say ‘yes’ to the digital workplace. And one set of people who can help make it happen for you.
Work-life balance is at the top of many job hunters’ lists, with 68% of people saying flexible working would be a key factor in choosing a job1. So next time you’re looking to fill a job role, a digital workplace will give you first pick of the top talent.
Flexible working also has a positive influence on your current employees. Companies report a 69% reduction in absenteeism1, as people can fit work around their commitments. They also report an 80% increase in employee morale1, this has many benefits as happy people are likely to stay with a business for longer.
UK businesses could gain a £34.1 billion productivity boost as a result of enhanced connectivity2. To increase efficiency in your digital workplace, let people work with the technology they know as familiarity boosts productivity. Also, invest in new tech that employees recommend.
And review your apps to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job. Choose collaboration apps over email for instant chat and document sharing, as these enable your people to work together in real-time.
Traditional ‘castle and moat’ approaches are no longer enough, as network boundaries are less defined in a digital workplace. These approaches are also vulnerable to shadow IT – set-up by employees because company systems don’t measure up to their needs.
The solution is Zero Trust Security architecture, everyone accessing your network is treated with the same suspicion and must verify their identity. This may seem like a barrier to employees accessing the network, but a single sign-on function can help speed-up the log in process.
With the cost of office space rising, solutions that reduce desk space are desirable. A digital workplace means people can work from anywhere, so there’s less need to have a desk for everyone. This adds up to significant cost savings, as a desk can cost between £6,000 – £12,000 a year3.
There are also costs saved when moving to the cloud – a key feature of the digital workplace. Using cloud can save on running and maintenance costs, which opens up new ways to invest your resources.
A personal touch to help make it happen
A digital workplace is personal. It’s built to work for your business needs as well as the needs of your people. That’s why O2 offer expert Digital Advisors. They get to know your business, your challenges and help you create your own digital toolkit that’s tailored for your business.
2 Business without Boundaries: The role of connectivity in business growth, O2 Business, 2019