Now more than ever it is time for a revolution: smart working and digital platforms are the future. The current coronavirus outbreak has led tech and media titans including Microsoft, Google and Twitter, to provide the option of remote work to thousand of employees. Companies are more and more aware of the need to apply change management policies: it takes courage and adaptability, but it is the future.
A series of U.S. surveys, including those conducted by OWL Labs, find that smart working is better. 77% of the smart workers said they are more productive when working outside the office. 30% even said they accomplished more in less time when they worked away from the office. What about companies? There is often the fear that without the physical presence of a supervisor or manager, productivity will slide. Actually, with the proper technology and infrastructure, there is nothing to fear.
Last year, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, governments and institutions have been invited to address the challenges presented by technology and changing workforce dynamics. Company leaders are therefore recommended to proactively manage these dynamics, by adopting artificial intelligence and service automation. This scenario encourages organizations to engage the workforce, not alienate it: a new framework is needed, if companies want to thrive in the next future.
Here is the strategy that companies can put in place to make sure they are on the best change management path:
- Building employees’ loyalty through increased responsibility, in order to increment productivity, while office working hours are reduced. As Microsoft Japan experimented implementing 4-day work weeks during the month of August for 2300 employees, which led to happier employees, more efficient meetings and a 40% increment of productivity, together with a considerable reduction of power consumption.
- Involving employees in a lifelong learning path. A report by the World Bank, “The Changing Nature of Work”, underlines the necessity of investing on human working power in order to benefit from innovation and technology. The evolution of the demand implies the introduction of new competencies and new attitudes: it is pivotal to adopt a re-skilling policy for the work force.
- Integrating A.I. systems, which are essential for the HR activities, and technologies capable to automate processes. No longer simple databases, but powerful tools able to support multidisciplinary teams creation, tasks execution, goal achievement and cost monitoring.
- Balancing work and life through a model of smart working that is conceived to reach, attract and retain the best talents. Smart working brings more inclusion and a gender gap reduction to the advantage of female workforce. Finland knows how: for more than twenty years they have built a working style focused on trust and equality. This has led them to the most flexible working hours in the world, thanks to the adoption of technologic tools that allow people to work remotely and reach top level performances by sharing their work with transparence in a highly efficient communication flow.
We are extremely sensitive to work evolution and we promote work revolution. Black Tie has developed White Libra, the technological tool that facilitates implementation of all the four strategies above. It is an all-in-one digital platform where each user can define their own development path in a free and customized way, through a responsible communication that includes people in the organizational community.
White Libra supports and strengthens all processes in the logic of smart working. It suggests colleagues to work with or to refer to for infos, it allows to file projects smartly so that they are available for future activities and for other colleagues, it integrates internal communication, project management, e-learning, all in one tool; it optimizes the workflow by facilitating the discovery of possible mistakes or delays so that everything is resolved on time.
Smart working might look like a necessity now, but it is actually an opportunity to be discovered. With the proper technological support, both companies and employees benefit from smart working, with all the good implications for the environment, the economy, the whole world. This is the revolution: today, more than ever, it is a responsibility to be taken, in order not only to survive to the current change on a temporary level, but also to thrive in a permanent way looking at the future. Companies who are ready to transform their organization in this logic will catch both today’s and tomorrow’s workforce opportunities more easily. Are you in?