New Trends in the Digital Workplace

The pandemic has forced businesses around the world to close their offices and move their staff remotely. Most organizations struggled to make the transition to remote work because it was a change of unprecedented magnitude and speed.

Fast forward two years, and we learned that the need to reinvent workplaces was not just a temporary result of the pandemic. Today, almost every business has realized that how they respond to change over the long term is what will keep them relevant, increase their bottom line, and help them stay productive in the digital age.

According to a Deloitte report, 60% of professionals who have moved to a remote work environment said it improved their work/life balance, and 74% said they would prefer to continue teleworking more once the limitations of the pandemic lifted.

It’s no surprise, then, that many organizations are beginning to accept the inevitability of a digital workplace, where work is supplemented by a mix of onsite and remote workers who must operate in sync to achieve goals. of the business as they manage a growing number of offsite employees – working from home or other non-traditional workspaces.

To guide you further, here is an overview of the four most important trends in the digital workplace.

Embrace a digital workplace while maintaining a physical workplace

Remote work and in-person work is not a proposition. Many companies will need to give their employees the ability to work remotely while maintaining a physical workplace.

So the challenge is not to replace in-person work technologies with remote work solutions from a technology perspective. It’s about extending the infrastructure that powers work so that employees can operate from anywhere. It will also involve finding ways to deliver this infrastructure in an efficient way to control costs and securely protect against the additional risks that can arise when employees (and the data and applications they use) can exist at the same time onsite and offsite.

To address these challenges, expect to see more and more deployment of technologies such as Desktop as a Service (DaaS), which provides employees with secure desktop environments they can use both in the office and remotely. – and which, by extension, lays the foundation for an “anywhere” workspace.

Virtual collaboration and communication

Another important trend that is gaining traction is digital cooperation and collaboration in the workplace. Virtual meetings, project workspaces, a comprehensive business directory, and social forums that can replace water cooler catch-up are just a few alternatives currently available to replace virtually all in-person on-site meetings. work.

Indeed, collaboration is – and will remain – essential in the modern workplace, in its virtual and physical manifestations.

Indeed, a recent study found that organizations that encourage collaborative work are five times more likely to be high performers. Collaboration must therefore remain a key objective as companies move towards flexible workplace arrangements.

Digitization and automation

As employees were dispersed across different geographies and no longer had access to office supplies, the shift to remote working highlighted the need to move away from time-consuming manual and paper-based processes. Workflow management has been – and continues to be – a headache for many businesses, but today’s digitization and automation solutions are now widely used. Artificial intelligence (AI) has also played a significant role in automating manual procedures and is providing new opportunities for deployment, thanks to the focus on digital workplaces and remote workers.

Data and security

Of course, as more and more employees work from home using personal devices, these new digital workplaces can offer modern threats, from hacking and data breaches to email scams. sophisticated.

For this reason, expect to see more and more security measures like two-factor authentication, BYOD-friendly security, stringent access controls, and regular alerts for users to reset passwords. .

Glimpse of the future

The range of IT services available in the modern workplace is astonishing – because it needs to be so that businesses can keep up with constant change. These technologies are transforming the way people work and interact with their colleagues and the way businesses operate. And the pace of change will only intensify as digital workplaces continue to evolve.

(Sivakumar Ramamurthy is CEO and Deputy Managing Director, Anunta Tech)

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Posted: Wednesday May 11th 2022, 2:01 PM IST

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