Over the last ten years, the world has witnessed a shift in the way workforces choose to work. Cultural and technological advancements have influenced attitudes, challenged what has typically been the norm, and allowed a diverse working environment to be developed.
So what’s brought on these changes and how are today’s office workers now choosing to work? Most importantly, how can your business successfully support these workplace transformers and achieve the most from your modern workforce?
How did we get here?
Business practices have historically been centred around rigid “top-down” policies that regulated and restricted the way individuals could perform their jobs at work.
More recently, cultural changes and advances in technology have meant that organisations have started to phase out a number of traditional limitations and are instead focussing their efforts on workforce enablement.
But it’s not just about influences from the top anymore. There’s also been huge bottom-up changes on business policies too. As the number of millennials entering the workplace increases, the need for organisations to support this generation’s preferred working styles has also increased. These working methods have then been influenced by technology and greater reliance on mobile devices, social media and 24/7 access to the Internet. Organisations that can’t, or won’t, support these methods of working potentially lose access to this resource.
Another influence on this workforce transformation is the evolution of business technology. Cloud uptake for example has increased substantially over the last decade, offering huge benefits to businesses and their workers. In fact, it is predicted that a massive 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020.
It seems that we’re at a global tipping point in the ways in which businesses operate in a revolutionary, mobile and agile way. Fortunately, this transformation offers boundless opportunities for organisations who choose to arm their workers with the right technology.