How do you define a modern workplace? Is it a working environment that is set up with the most advanced technology?
• A company that invests in sophisticated IT security?
• A company that collects and analyses data to their advantage?
• One that embraces automation, cloud-based computing, and AI?
In a word, Yes.
In a radically changed world the modern workplace is far more than a fancy paint job or a new software package. At its core, the modern workplace is a fully collaborative effort that integrates technology and people with the sole aim of creating a flexible work environment and a boost in productivity.
When effectively implemented, it empowers companies to break the boundaries of work styles and get things done from anywhere, on any device, and at any time using secure tools that enhance the way things work, not complicate it.
Here are our top 3 tips for the modern workplace:
A Mobile Workforce:
Allowing employees to work remotely is a change that many businesses have already adopted. Most employees see the ability to work remotely as a huge benefit as it instantly introduces a more flexible work schedule. The ability to work remotely is a key aspect of the modern workplace for a few reasons. First, giving employees the option to work from a different location, such as their home, allows for a better work/life balance.
Second, new features make it easier to have your team spread out and still be in constant communication. Applications from Office 365, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Google sheets allow for people to stay in touch and collaborate in real-time on multiple projects.
Effective collaboration is key:
What exactly does it mean to have a collaborative workplace? It means having all people and technology working together to get more done in the most efficient way possible. 39% of employees surveyed in a recent study felt that people within their organizations did not collaborate enough, while 86% of executives and employees cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.
Office 365’s online services let teams share and edit documents, schedule meetings, video and collaborate in real-time. This gets rid of multiple versions of a document that needs to be combined. Applications like Microsoft Teams provide a central network for teams to work on projects together. That’s the point of true collaboration: working together, seamlessly, to get the best for your business.
Making decisions by guessing will no longer work. The modern workplace is designed to amplify business intelligence and that foundation is built on data. Studies carried out by the IDC (International Data Corporation) shows that companies are collecting more data and information from customers than ever before. The study shows that by the end of 2020, 1.7 megabytes of data will be created every second, for every person on Earth.
So what’s the use of all this data? The data helps companies to streamline their decision making by creating useable facts and figures in several key areas –
Deeper customer intelligence
– building detailed profiles of customer needs, wants, and trends, then using that understanding to design new products, shift supply chain flows, and improve customer experiences and loyalty.
– identifying inefficient business processes and instituting optimized workflow replacements to speed cycle times, optimize the supply chain, and control costs.
New business opportunities
– spotting emerging threats, opportunities, and trends and using that knowledge to shift business priorities, enter new markets, and make other strategic decisions.
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. With this in mind, as you look at the best options for your Modern Workplace journey, you’ll want a high-performance, crossover, vehicle that best fits all your needs.
We often step into organizations struggling because they have too many disjointed tools that don’t communicate with one another well or enable flexibility in workflows. Why waste your time with many vehicles when a single powerful one has everything you need and more?
To find out how we can help your company embrace the modern workplace? Get in touch with our team.