By Ben Wright, Recruitment Consultant – Eden Ritchie Recruitment
I’m hearing the words “Digital Workplace” thrown around more than ever, and the uncertainty of what it is, and what to expect. Gone are the days where the workplace was a physical space, occupied during business hours with allocated seating and computers for staff. The Digital Workplace is an environment that is always connected, allowing employees to communicate and collaborate in new and effective ways across an organisation regardless of whether they are in the office or over the other side of the world.
A Digital Workplace breaks down communication barriers, encouraging a more efficient work environment allowing organisations to scale up more rapidly and provide a more flexible environment for staff.
A recent study conducted by Deloitte points out the benefits to adopting a digital workforce when it comes to the following:
- Recruitment: 64% of employees would choose a lower paying job if it offered more flexibility and the ability to work from home.
- Communication: the majority of workers prefer newer communication tools specifically instant messaging as compared to “traditional” tools like e-mail or team workspaces.
- Productivity: Organisations with strong online social networks are 7% more productive compared to organisations without.
- Satisfaction: Organisations that rolled out and installed social media tools internally found that there was a 20% increase in employee satisfaction.
- Retention: When employee engagement goes up, there is a corresponding increase in employee retention of up to 78%.
As employee demographics continue to shift, organisations are finding it challenging to support the needs of a multi-generational workforce. The businesses that will show the most growth in future will be those who break down the divide between people, technologies and the workplace, empowering employees to be productive regardless of their location.