Marten Bütow
25. September 2017 0
Collaboration

No “NEW work” without modern IT workplaces

What is the reasoning behind new work? Is it a coup for office workers or a guise for streamlining?

Three factors dramatically influence the change in work today: The market with its swift developments, the companies needing to create new digital business models, and the blend of various generations of employees.

A German-language study conducted by Detecon last year revealed that employers need to consider new working models in this context. Detecon calls it new work. Keywords such as democratic decision-making processes and creative workspaces are expected to play an important role in this. (I sense a hint of holocracy here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holacracy ;-))

Staff creativity creates a competitive edge

In a world in which machines and artificial intelligence are increasingly performing routine tasks, staff creativity is becoming the core added value that people can offer a company. This applies to offices as much as it does to factories. A recent study by McKinsey revealed the potential for automation across various industries.

Creating a workplace for creativity

Yet staff need an appropriate work environment in order to create this added value – this in turn depends on the requirements for the respective activity and individual preferences as new work concepts ramp up the personalization of work.

These concepts are also beneficial for staff. Studies show that companies adopting new work approaches have a much lower employee turnover and much higher staff satisfaction than in comparable companies who do not apply these models. You will even have higher Revenues (!).

New work is an IT challenge

As marvelous as the concept of new work is, the legal circumstances set the bar pretty high for technology. I see at least four dimensions here (plus one) that pose a challenge to traditional supply concepts for IT workplaces.

  1. The workplaces need to offer everything so that they can support the specific task currently being performed.
  2. They need to have a “no matter where” component as work is defined by mobility within the office and beyond.
  3. The workplace needs to satisfy the employee’s individual preferences.
  4. It needs to provide the necessary tools for collaborating in these dynamic relationships, making it quick to gain access to the necessary information and take the necessary decisions.
  5. Of course, getting such a dynamic IT workplace at an affordable price would also be worthwhile – otherwise “new work” will fail simply because of the “old price” 😉

So if you are thinking about new work, you cannot get around considering modern supply models for IT workplaces. Otherwise the vision will be shattered by reality.

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