Modern Workplace Sep 9, 2020

Workplace digitalisation: 3 steps for managers.

Decision makers, futurists and economists all agree—businesses need to face up to workplace digitalisation. Today. But how? Nobody has a definitive answer.

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Thino Ullmann
Expert Sales

That’s because the future of work is a complex topic. In my previous blog, I tried to address the three trends shaping the future of work that you need to look into.

A lot of managers feel overwhelmed with all the information they are flooded with, which is why there are three concrete steps they should take to smooth the way towards the digital workplace.

Step 1: Integrate collaboration tools.

Coronavirus has seen us hunker down to work from home, but to do so, we need collaboration tools. Preferably yesterday. While the initial panic subsided as the months went on, many companies are still working with their temporary solutions.

It’s high time, therefore, to start seriously thinking about workplace digitalisation at home, because this isn’t just a passing phase, but a general trend towards more flexibility and remote working.

Ask your employees about their experiences during this time. They can tell you which tools are the best for your business and which makeshift solutions are best left well alone.

Step 2: Invest!

It seems contradictory to recommend spending rather than saving money during uncertain times, but this is exactly how some companies managed to survive. Those with a high-quality IT infrastructure at their disposal before the pandemic were able to dodge most of the chaos.

Workplace digitalisation means having more security even in challenging times as it means being able to remain flexible and avoid shutting up offices.

Step 3: Delegate decision-making.

There aren’t many managers who are happy to delegate decision-making, but that’s exactly what I’m asking them to do. For example, I would like the next investment to be in new workplace technologies to benefit your employees. Why? Because they are the ones who will feel the effects of digitalisation first and have a finger on the pulse more than top managers do.

I love the idea of some companies allowing their employees to select their own software tools as this not only boosts productivity when people can use the tools they know and love, but it also teaches them to take on responsibility—a crucial soft skill in the workplace of the future.

Summing up.

As a lateral thinker and IT veteran, it’s my job to help managers find innovative solutions for the digitalisation of the workplace. Quite often it’s enough just to talk about goals and fears. Get in touch to find out how the workplace of the future could look for you!

 

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