The shift to a digital workplace
Your top 5 questions answered
The digital workplace has become an integral part of the work experience in many businesses. It has pushed firms who did not promote an agile way of working, to adapt in the current economy. For businesses which already had a digitized work ethic, they were well prepared.
Although there is no real time frame for when the ‘normal’ workplace will open, the huge shift to working digitally or taking a blended approach to work is here to stay for long. And with that shift comes many questions. Here are your top 5 questions answered:
What are digital workplace solutions?
Love it or hate it – the digital workplace has allowed many to continue working through a difficult time, across the globe.
Working digitally has proven beneficial for many, and made a positive impact to staff. Employees can enjoy an increase in flexibility in their work schedules and in their work environment. With digital tools, such as web-based platforms, your employees can connect from anywhere, with less focus on the 9-5 schedule.
In a recent survey from cloud provider CoSo Cloud, 77% of remote workers are reporting a higher productivity level. Having access to virtual meetings, events and collaborative tools, means staff can connect from anywhere in the world outside office environment. This reduces travel expenses & time and costs associated with office rentals.
How has the change in digital workspaces helped teams?
Digital workplaces provide the infrastructure needed to manage your work. Whereas, digital workspaces are where the work happens. With fully optimised technology and best in-class IT support, you will find your team breaking productivity levels.
Many teams ask themselves, why does it take so long for an idea to take off? With a digital workspace, there is nowhere to hide. With the push of a teams invite and shared collaboration document, ideas have taken off tenfold over the past year.
How does working digitally help businesses?
The digital workspace has taken off, and businesses are reaping the benefits. Working remotely has seen a huge shift in recruitment. Businesses are now more likely to recruit outside their local area or overseas. Meaning, the talent pool has been widened.
There has also been a drop in operating costs such as; rent, bills, stationery and staff expenses. The extra costs can be reinvested for the better, through improving technology or enhancing your digital presence.
A final key element of working digitally is the contribution staff are making. Many have begun to make use of their extra time saved on commuting for example, to provide innovative solutions. In turn leaving a positive impression on clients and increasing company turnover.
How are people adapting to the new way of working?
There are two sides to this question. Businesses have adapted well. Those which did not promote an agile way of working have been shown the importance of doing so. However, for staff, the experience may differ.
To those who have the luxury of homeworking with limited disturbances, have adapted well and seen their health and well-being improve significantly. Reducing commute times and unnecessary meetings, meant more time can be spent on personal development and quality of work.
On the flip side, parents and individuals who may not have larger ‘office spaces’ at home have found the shift difficult. There is an added financial cost to home working, and the option to work from the office is greatly missed. Parents and carers have an added pressure to also home school and fulfill duties throughout their working day, despite technological advances.
So, this leads to your last question.
Will there be a blended approach to return to work?
There is no doubt the shift to digital working will encourage a blended culture of working in the future. This is entirely dependent on each individual business, but it is clear that some staff have adjusted to the digital workplace and will find it difficult to return to the office. Whereas others will welcome the return to office work with open arms.
Regardless of the outcome, the importance of digital working has become integral to our day to day lives. With the shift to digital workspace being part of the new normal, business should start adapting and embracing digital working.
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