What is a digital workplace transformation?
Remote working, digital workplaces, and the continued integration of internet-based workplace software is changing the face of the world of work as we know it. Deskless employees, including frontline and field workers, are also part of this modern evolution. A successful digital workplace transformation will strengthen all types of roles, and connect a dispersed workforce through smart, digital technologies.
Of course, many companies have long held flexible working conditions, hired many remote employees, and have a large deskless workforce. Recently, since the rapid rise in digital workplace solutions over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home mandates, a massive amount of traditionally office-based companies have shifted to digital. And the future of the brick-and-mortar office remains uncertain around the world.
In essence, a digital workplace transformation is the shift from traditional, in-office work, to a more flexible, online and fully connected solution. That means harnessing the power of technology, the internet, and teleworking software to either compliment or completely change the face of brick-and-mortar style office settings.
You’re more ready for digital transformation than you think
Is your company ready for a digital transformation?
We think so. Here’s why:
Modern technology supports digital workplaces like never before
The global Internet penetration rate is roughly 60%. This number is only growing with solutions like Starlinkmaking high speed and reliable internet even more accessible for everyone, even in the most underserved regions. Smartphones, tablets, and increasingly powerful home workspace solutions empower workers to have all digital resources available to them at home, or anywhere on the go. Combining that reliable connectivity with powerful devices, and with the vast array of software solutions that link companies and employees seamlessly, the shift to digital has never been easier.
Digital workplaces attract forward-thinking, digitally-savvy candidates
Millennials and Gen Z make up the majority of the modern workforce. They are Digital Natives, having grown up during the meteoric rise of internet-based tech, touchscreens, smartphones and tablets.
Employers must adapt to ensure their business environment mirrors the wants and needs of this technologically-minded movement. In fact, according to research by Citrix, 90% of Gen Z and Millennials want to work in a hybrid model post COVID-19. This will bring a fusing of digital workspaces with the traditional office setting. Even more interestingly, perhaps: over half want to shift to a fully digital workplace all or most of the time.
An employee-centered approach empowers workers to upskill, bridge gaps, and access ongoing support from anywhere in the world. The benefits of transitioning to a digital workplace extend throughout a company and beyond, to external partners and all stakeholders.
What are the benefits of implementing a digital workplace transformation for employees and external partners?
Streamlined training, employee support, and re-skilling
We believe that adopting an end-to-end Learning Experience Platform – a reimagined LMS – is the future of workplace training. It connects employees with relevant training materials, courses, and reference documents that they can cover on their own time. Your employees will truly benefit from the flexibility, independence, and functionality of a robust digital learning platformthrough blending synchronous, asynchronous, and just-in-time learning support when and where it’s needed.
Digital workplaces hire the best people for the job
Companies that offer a fully connected digital workplace aren’t limited to geography when it comes to onboarding. Seeking suitable and highly skilled candidates outside of your hub’s city or region is made easy with a digital transformation. Along those same lines, digital workplaces offer amazing growth potential for companies based in non-traditional markets, or less populated areas.
Digital workplaces can save money
Office space is increasingly pricey as real estate markets around the world continue soaring. Many companies who’ve begun their digital workplace transformation have chosen to downsize their offices or even eliminate them. The rise of coworking spaces, where companies can book fully decked-out meeting rooms, only further minimizes the need for traditional office space.
Connect and engage external partners
With a functional digital workplace in place, your company can offer direct lines of seamless two-way communication with external partners like clients, suppliers, and consultants. Meet and collaborate anytime, anyplace…digitally.
Spend less time traveling and less money on accommodations. Partners and employees alike benefit greatly from this flexibility, strong work-life balance, and improved accessibility while offering unrivaled ongoing support.
A digital workplace doesn’t mean saying goodbye to physical connection. In fact, employees and external partners can grow their relationship just as well digitally. We’ll always benefit from face-to-face meetings, but a digital workplace can complement those meetings, enriching conversations and supplementing results with smart digital tools.
Launch your company’s digital transformation
Your digital transformation can begin – or continue moving forward – right now.
Start by conducting a needs assessment across your company: Identify pain points in your current digital strategy, brainstorm solutions, and begin an intelligent approach to digital end-to-end integration.
Digital Transformation Checklist
1. Choose a consolidated employee software platform that’s:
- Easy to use
- Familiar for all users, just like their favourite apps (Zero train model)
- A one-stop platform that limits 3rd party extensions, minimizes distractions and bugs, and optimizes load times to maximize employee adoption.
2. Set up digital forms, checklists, and internal communication to make your company paperless.
3. Integrate digital training solutions through a built-in Learning Experience Platform to offer continuous skilling for all employees.
4. Build your internal communications strategy by empowering a social intranet, employee messages, and open collaboration.
The time is now for digital workplace transformation
Organizations with teams of all sizes can (and should) achieve digital workplace success with a great transformation roadmap.
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