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Remote working creates communication challenges for every organisation. Here’s why you can’t ignore the effects of digital dislocation.
As technology changes the way we work, more people than ever before want to work from anywhere, on any device. This causes what we know as ‘digital dislocation’, where people set themselves apart from the traditional workplace environment while completing their tasks.
However, the number of people looking to work more flexibly currently outstrips investment in the tools to help them connect easily with colleagues. And this leaves organisations needing to find new ways to help people collaborate and work productively.
Our work habits are changing. More than half of companies now employ people who work from home, or on the move, regularly. And this departure from the office environment means people are increasingly looking to technology to help them be more productive on the go.
In fact, three-quarters of people want better access to collaboration tools to improve communication — whether they’re in the office or not. But most organisations still use aging technology, and lack the infrastructure to support their mobile workforce.
The push for productivity.
Many employees already use video calling and other high-speed communication tools at home. This means they have little patience for outdated technology at work, and seek easier ways to share information.
Top on their wish list is access to the intranet and corporate network via smartphones, letting them work from anywhere. Video calling closely follows this, because it allows people to check in with the office and get the job done more efficiently.
These are simple solutions to the problem of digital dislocation — and they’d have an immediate effect on productivity. So it seems even more incredible that only a fifth of directors support investment in new communication technologies.
The dangers of BYOD.
With so much intuitive, modern and stylish technology at their fingertips, four in ten people now use bring your own device (BYOD) to get the tools they want at work.
But this initiative from individuals to make working days more productive is causing a headache for many IT departments. Only a third agree that their organisation has a good BYOD policy in place, and most have difficulty managing and securing company data as a result of these devices.
Solving digital dislocation.
As more people want to work away from the office, the negative effects of digital dislocation will continue to be an issue for organisations. And ignoring these problems will open companies up to inefficiency, lower productivity and serious security risks.
This is why you have to pay more attention to how you manage the digital dislocation already taking place in your organisation. In this series, we’ll show you how collaboration tools in the cloud can overcome the challenges of connecting with colleagues on the go.
There are plenty of strategies out there, so keep an eye out for the next blog in our series, and check out the full report.