The conversation around on-premise work and remote work requires a new name.
Lockdown restrictions, in general, have been lifting – paving the way for a re-imagined world of work. Workforces are working both remotely and on-premise. The Re-imagined world of work is a hybrid between the two.
All things considered, three questions in need of answering are:
What digital workplace tools are relevant and critical for the re-imagined work experience?
Where are employers and employees misaligned?
Is there a strong [ people-first ] + [ technology second ] approach to long term value creation?
As the new norm slowly becomes the norm, millions of employees worldwide are continuing work from home as they have grown accustomed to. Meanwhile, a large number have returned to working on-premise out of preference or due to the nature of the organisation they work for.
To maintain social distancing, organisations have extended flexible working regarding when and where employees come to work. It has also become clear that reduced commuting times have increased productivity. This has necessitated entirely new methods of working, collaboration, and effective leadership. It’s been a massive challenge for employers and a big shift for employees. This hybrid way of working is creating a best of both worlds scenario, favoring employee and employer.
Reimagining the way teams work in this hybrid style can boost every aspect of a business – performance, operational efficiencies, exceeding client expectations, service delivery, revenue, and profits.
Experiences and priorities of companies and their workforces are still seeing strong alignments in this reimagined world of work, but a few business-critical disconnects still remain.
The adoption of new digital workplace tools is as critical to employees as they are to employers. Working with the best digital tools at their disposal allows the workforce to be competitive in this new world. The sharper the ax the quicker the tree comes down.
People that work with optimal tools in their preferred working environment are set up to deliver the best results.
Performance-based KPI’s create opportunities for companies to rethink remuneration and reward the increased performance and efficiency. Perfecting the alignment between the workforce and the company will lead to guaranteed growth in job satisfaction and retainment of top-performing employees.
The one key factor many employers are ignorantly ignoring is that growth in this reimagined world of work demands a people-centered approach – centered around their workforce. This fact can not be ignored. The future of work, while enabled by transformative digital tools, must put humans at the center, including well-being, diversity, and culture.
Employers need to not only put talent at the core of their strategy but also demonstrate an authentic commitment to their workforce — and reimagine what the new workplace will look like for their organisation.
Grow organisations by growing people.