Accepting the Digital Workplace
Something that was considered a futuristic term is now a basic reality that occurs in offices around the world. The term, ‘Digital Workplace’ has entered economies and societies around the world. But why is this important to discuss? What makes a digital workplace relevant and worth discussing? Let’s start with what the term ‘digital workplace’ was meant to connote.
What is a ‘Digital Workplace’?
From the very inception of the term, it has never been completely clear what constitutes a digital workplace. For many, a digital workplace is simply a change in the physical space of the office with real world objects and practices that have been digitized and folded into the workflow of the average office. It might have roots in this belief but it is clear to see that the digital workplace has grown from there.
In 2009, Paul Miller, the founder and CEO of the Digital Workplace Group wrote a book called ‘The Digital Workplace: How technology is liberating work’. The book is how Miller sees the future of the workplace and according to him, the digital workplace would present three major factors: governance, speed and efficiency and a digital presence.
While Miller’s definition is very broad, other definitions are sometimes vague and incomplete. What we can agree on is that digital environment started out as a complement to the traditional workplace but it is already becoming a substitute for it.
Building Information and Other Benefits
The digital workplace is beneficial for many reasons. Employees feel like they have more attention from the management and that they are engaging with all aspects of the company. This brings about more efficiency and increases interaction between employees.
Digital platforms are accessible across the whole company, which means employees can see the scope of work and all the tasks in one place. Whether it is booking meetings or assigning tasks, a digital workplace has platforms that allow employees to manage things in collaboration with each other.
The greatest strength of a digital workplace is storing and organizing information that is crucial to the company. The employees and the management can work together in setting up various databases and platforms that are part of the company’s digital workplace. In creating this centralized system of information organization and storage, the company makes the information available digitally, which leads to the next benefit of a digital workplace.
With a strong network in place, employees do not have to be in a central, physical workplace all the time as they can access their work digitally. This means that workers can move around freely to specific locations for meetings, if required, or simply work from where they live. This network allows employers to look for candidates who might not be based in the same city or even time zone but has the elite skills required to contribute to the work of the company.
With all these benefits, it is clear to see that the digital network is here to stay. It is not enough to set up basic Internet connections as you need to put together the infrastructure that supports this. UIH has been setting up Internet connections and providing managed digital services to business in Thailand and across South East Asia for decades now. Contact us to find out how we can provide solutions and improve your digital workplace today.