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Building Workplaces for the Future, the Digital Way

on December 01, 2014

For enterprises to survive and grow in today’s shifting business landscape, they will need to become digitally fit for a future that will most likely be disruptive, unpredictable, and fast-evolving. Their success in the future will depend largely on how quickly they can adapt to change, and how they can make innovation a part of their everyday work. 

For enterprises to survive and grow in today’s shifting business landscape, they will need to become digitally fit for a future that will most likely be disruptive, unpredictable, and fast-evolving. Their success in the future will depend largely on how quickly they can adapt to change, and how they can make innovation a part of their everyday work.

A recent article on CMSWire.com talks about the ways in which businesses can not only secure a place for themselves in the digitally-enhanced future, but also chalk-out a strategy for sustainability in such a highly dynamic environment. The solution lies in identifying and implementing the principles that are operating in successful digital workplace programs today.  Here’s a roundup of what is working: 

Recognize the current standing of your organization

In some way or another, every organization has a digital environment. The first step toward making that environment fit for the future is to evaluate its present state. This assessment will help you understand where are, where you need to go, and what changes you might need to make along the way. A thorough once over will put you on solid ground moving forward.

Define the meaning of 'digital workplace' in the context of your organization

Essentially digital workplace can be defined as the set of digital tools that an organization offers to its employees to aid their productivity and effectiveness in their roles. This set of digital tools may include: intranet, unified communications, microblogging, HR systems, email, mobile applications, collaborative spaces, supply chain, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems to name a few. What do you offer employees in terms of technology that makes their jobs easier? Understand how this definition applies to your organization.

Your digital workplace vision must complement your business strategy

Marrying the two requires you to engage stakeholders from an early stage. Be clear about how your digital workplace program can help fulfil your organizational goals.

Make a strong business case

Studies have emphasized the effectiveness of the digital workplace in giving organizations a competitive edge. Other benefits include well-optimized cost, enhanced productivity, business continuity, corporate social responsibility, revenue growth, and improved innovation. These factors, and perhaps others, can help you make a strong case for inviting investors and stakeholders.

Have a people-centric approach

Your employees will tell you what they need and what they want. Assess the requirements of the people at your organization and use this information as the basis for charting your digital roadmap. Understanding what your people require will help you to make practical choices when it comes to selecting the right set of digital tools for your organization. 

Invite people to be a part of your vision

When it comes to organizational change and reforms, you may expect to face initial resistance from stakeholders and executives. The best chance to break this resistance is to turn it into a force for change by sharing your vision with those people who make decisions. In sharing your vision, you may convince them to be a part of it by presenting relevant visuals, facts, data, and metrics that will make your case for you.    

Evaluate your success

Simply moving ahead without assessing the success rate of your efforts can be counterproductive. So, in order to know if you are heading in the right direction, you must regularly review the necessary KPIs and metrics for your digital workplace program. Regular evaluation will ensure that you stay on track for continued success.

Do you have a clear strategy for making your workplace digitally ready for the future? Now is a great time to begin implementing a plan to make innovation part of the fabric of your business.