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5 growth areas that will transform the digital workplace

The modern digital workplace is all about allowing businesses to work more efficiently and effectively, while also staying aligned with the needs and desires of their workforce. The workplace is changing fast – here are 5 things we predict will be transform the digital workplace.

Tracking and measurement tools

From fitness wearables to smart scales, the world has never been more obsessed with tracking and measuring everything. There will be more time-tracking tools for instance, which will allow the new workforce to be less connected to the physical workplace of the office and instead work in a place and time that suits them. We predict that there will also be a lot of innovation around tools that measure productivity and, even more interestingly, tools that measure employee wellness and health, in such a way as to avoid overwork or burnout. These new products will help managers and leaders look after their workforce…

Communication tools

Communication tools are also on the rise. Meetings are becoming less frequent as new ways of communicating are becoming more popular. Businesses will be evolving the way comms are handled both internally and externally by integrating new messaging tools, such as Slack and Hipchat.

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing, as an internal tool for innovation and ideas will also become more commonplace through digital tools. Businesses will look more to collective wisdom to inform decision making. Multi-national manufacturing company, 3m, recently tried this and crowdsourced its strategy process to 1200 employees across 40 countries. This led to 700 new ideas being generated and the identification of 9 new potential markets and revenue opportunities that amounted to tens of billions of pounds. They hold live innovation events to generate new ideas and to engage employees. Anything from ideation platforms to polling, surveys, and forums will become widely used tools within organisations for gathering ideas and thoughts from employees quickly.

Data Analytics

Already a hot trend, we expect 2017 to see more focus on data (particularly big data) within organisations. Workforce data across areas such as engagement and performance will become better utilised and integrated across the organisation. To date, there hasn’t been much focus beyond the collection of data but, given the massive increase in digital tools, we see the way data is analysed and interpreted being fundamentally improved, and this will allow organisations to make smarter decisions. This data will also be plugged into the recruitment process allowing HR teams to make decisions on talent identification and management.

Remote working encouraged through digital tools

Accenture CEO, Pierre Nanterre, said: “We are a virtual organisation…our offices are tactfully useful but strategically irrelevant”. Work has become mobile and virtual and is no longer defined by the office environment. 2017 will see great evolutions in this belief with new tools allowing us to manage this huge shift more effectively.

And one more for luck – VR as a tool for recruitment and learning

Virtual reality is already being used by recruiting teams to give potential recruits a view on the organisation, for example using VR to tour the office. VR in training is also being discussed and examples are also coming through from industries such as medicine and the military. 2017 will see leaps made towards interviewing candidates, visiting global offices, and conducting meetings and conferences.

Alex
I’m a Founding Partner of Bamboo Crowd. I help our clients invest better in people and scale through Engine. I solve recruitment challenges and help our clients source the best talent across operations, business development, programme management, and technology. Ask me about good films, beards and hip hop.