Digital Workplace & Collaboration – when the workplace becomes a competitive advantage
Today, more than ever, new technologies and innovation as well as employees’ desire to self determine their professional and private hours, are presenting companies with unprecedented challenges in the way people work together and are shaking the foundations of established workplace models.
How and where will the work of tomorrow be done? And, what will employees be able to achieve using the technologies of the future?
The workplace of the future will no longer be static but will enable and promote mobile working. This requires flexible and, in many cases, technology-oriented scalable communication solutions. These solutions need to support a wide range of devices as well as enable employees to access all information and applications in fixed office spaces, on shared workstations, at home, or on the move. This means no more fixed workstations but rather complete independence through using a laptop in conjunction with a smartphone as universal communication and working devices.
Competitive advantage in the digital workplace
Especially in the current employee-friendly times and the so-called “war for talents”, it brings a clear competitive advantage for companies if their work environment meets the needs of both the employer and of their employees. This not only increases the efficiency of processes in everyday professional life but also allows employees to access all applications they need for their work, thus enabling them to organize and balance their own work-life balance.
Being able to work from anywhere at any time creates greater flexibility and satisfaction among employees. The use of state-of-the-art technologies enables companies to combine their office spaces with flexible workplaces in a way that meets the company’s needs, more easily integrates external employees into new projects, and allows for more efficient collaboration across locations. The benefits of this technological change to the work environment are tangible for everybody: flexible workplaces, think tanks or creative spaces offer individual working solutions where employees can escape the hectic rush of the open-plan office and replace the classic 9-to-5 office where people watch the clock tick. Instead, employees can now work from home, rent public coworking spaces, or work at non-traditional times - for example, while commuting on the night train from A to B.
Once employees realize that a modern workplace really leads to noticeable benefits and increases in measurable productivity in accomplishing daily tasks as well as better internal and external cooperation, only then do the newly implemented processes have a chance to be fully accepted within a company. What is important is that there is no “one-size-fits-all solution” when it comes to the workplace of the future. For many companies, this already begins with the use of a smartphone to make today's workplace increasingly flexible.
In recent years, emerging cloud technologies have created software solutions that have the potential to dramatically change the way we work. Cloud applications are increasingly shifting the physical workspace into the virtual world - and give new momentum to rethink our concept of work. Software solutions bring organizations, specialist departments, service providers, and customers closer together - while at the same time making the user less dependent on working time, location, and device.
So, what does the emerging modern workplace look like? The key to understanding new software solutions is that they are not bought solely for the sake of having something new but should serve the needs of internal processes and employees. In other words, the workplace of the future consists of a future-proof and individual working environment with state-of-the-art technologies to make all processes and the individual’s daily work more efficient and comfortable but also to break the constraints imposed by place, time, or device. At the end of the day, a digital workplace should always cover the requirements of specialist departments and interdisciplinary teams along with building its own individual workplace from the technologies available in the market.
How does AdEx Solutions help you with Digital Workspace & Collaboration?
Our service portfolio includes i.a. the following offerings:
- Design of collaboration solutions and underlying information architectures, for example, based on Microsoft Office 365
- Fully automated workplace deployment on all devices
- Conception and integration of social media in the daily workplace
- Provisioning of prototypes