Our Sales Director, Dave Wilkinson, offers a perspective on life in the workplace in an ever-changing world.

The Changing Workplace Life

Forward thinking works 

When you think of the 21st century, chances are you’ll think of something digital.

The world is now a remarkably different place. Probes can land on moving comets and smartphones have become an all-purpose tool from which you can do just about anything. As a result of the digital revolution, entire industries have been turned inside out.

New technologies are creating the conditions in which if you don’t ‘get with the programme’, it’s not so much that it spells the end of your organisation, more that you get left behind.

You have to keep abreast of the latest happenings and be part of the pack that sets the barometer of best practice within your sector.

The paper example

In a typical, paper-dependent organization, everything seems to be working well on the surface.

Yet, an assessment will reveal some shockers. Sticking with the example, a standard office relying heavily on conventional workflows risks being inundated with paper.

Financially, it’s very simple - the more paper you have, the more you’ll spend.

On the other hand, in a paperless or paper-lite environment, the benefits are almost immediate.

Employees can continue to work flexibly and can access documents remotely. Technology not only makes that happen, but also, through ‘rapid iteration’, continues improving things.

Digital first

All of this underpins a digital first way of working. Choosing it isn’t yet an obligation - but it’s increasingly likely that it will prove to be.

In the world of work, this digital first approach becoming universal is inevitable.

Three steps to smarter working

On their own, flexible working, greater collaboration and new technologies will deliver seismic changes to how organisations think about work.

The core product or service and ethos will still be intact, but modified, upgraded and refreshed.

Getting here will be difficult. While many organisations, such as Google, Facebook and Netflix have fully embraced non-prescriptive, open and dynamic working practices, many enterprises - big and small - are still stuck in the past.

It’ll certainly be chaotic, tumultuous and divisive, but that’s inevitable.

Once the dust settles, and everyone gets into the rhythm of a forward-thinking and tech-savvy way of working, which gives them greater control over their work, it’ll be like nothing they have experienced before.

That’s smart thinking; that’s smart working.

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