Seven drivers of a digital workplace
There’s a buzz about the digital workplace, for good reasons. For one, it makes remote working possible, which offers a ton of benefits for businesses. It means that cost savings can be made, productivity can be increased and employees can have a better work-life balance.
For example, our research has shown that each employee could gain an extra 3.14 hours of productivity per week – if they’re suitably connected. That adds up to roughly 18 days extra work each year. Digital has changed the way we approach work. Now work can be seen as a thing to do, not a place to go. Take a look at these seven factors that are driving the transition to a digital workplace.
1. Mobile First
Tech we use in our everyday lives, such as smartphones and tablets, is changing expectations of devices in the workplace. Now people desire the freedom they’re used to when using their own devices at work. You need to embrace mobile devices as you have the desktop, giving your employees flexibility and convenience, while still retaining control and management.
2. Cloud Adoption
Cloud-based IT solutions are essential for a frictionless workplace experience. They enable you and your people to access services on demand, wherever you are, on any device. Just log on and carry on with your work, exactly where you left off.
3. Changing Security Challenges
In a digital workplace, people use smart devices to connect from anywhere and everywhere, making it harder to defend your perimeters. The safest solution is to adopt Zero Trust Security: everyone and every device trying to access the network is treated with the same suspicion. Users have to pass strict identity verification, whether they are inside or outside the network.
4. Simplifying Information
There’s no shortage of information these days. It’s on the phone, sitting in applications, on the internet and elsewhere. Digital tools can solve this information overload by filtering the information each employee sees. For example, Microsoft Teams can help people to find specific information more easily, making them more efficient and saving time.
There are lots of ways your organisation can grow: new locations and offices, acquisitions, partnerships and outsourcing. And a digital workplace is essential for all parts of your business to work as one. Making this happen relies on embracing collaboration tools and adopting a culture that favours productivity over presenteeism. This means the right people can get together, wherever they are physically located, and push the boundaries of what your business can achieve.
6. Quicker Deployment
People have things to do, places to be, deadlines to meet. They need the tools to do their job now, not when they’re next at their desk. Likewise, they don’t want to be burdened with lengthy security processes, they want to sign on quickly and get to work. Zero-touch activation makes this possible by automating sign-on, without heavy involvement from the user or anyone else.
7. Intelligence, Insights and Automation
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a digital workplace allows you to work smarter. AI and machine learning can automate analysis of big data, identifying trends and insights. These insights can help your people make better business decisions, faster. AI can also be used for things like chatbots, reducing time-consuming routine tasks and freeing up capacity for more complex responsibilities.
If you’re ready to drive your digital workplace forward, our Digital Advisors can help you every step of the way. They get to the heart of your organisation, uncovering the needs of your people and your business. They can help to create a digital toolkit that’s personal to you.
Find out more about building your own digital workplace, just get in touch with one of our Digital Advisors.