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How Digitalization will transform the post-COVID-19 Workplace

by May 20, 2020Impact0 comments

What is Digitalization?

Digitalization is the process by which digital technologies and digitized data are utilized to get work done. It is reliant on the process of digitization, where analog is converted to digital. 

This article will explore how the acceleration of the importance of digital technologies will impact your workplace, producing opportunities to take advantage of it to deal with your sustainability needs. 

The Coronavirus crisis has brought into stark relief the importance for companies of digital technologies. With people working from home, it is only through these that work connections are being maintained. 

Even companies that used to be “digitally lazy” have now been forced to step up their digital game be it by using video conferencing, document sharing, Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom.  Whether they were previously engaging in these practices or not, businesses across all industries have had to adopt digital technologies to keep their operations running.

For many companies, the result of this is a steep learning curve. Companies that have so far not felt the need for digital solutions are now experiencing the efficiency of digital tools. 

The companies that have taken the opportunity to upskill and onboard their staff with digital solutions in recent years are a step ahead. However, those that are behind have an enforced opportunity to catch up. It will result in the work environment having a very different long term shape when a form of normality returns after the virus. 

For one, businesses that have prohibited people to work from home may have noticed some employees getting more productive if they can work in their own environments.

4 Ways Digitalization will Forever Change the Workplace

Working from Home

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There has been an infinite number of articles written in recent weeks with tips on working from home. This suggests we still have a long way to go before we are comfortable in our new home office environments. 

The majority of respondents to a recent survey found that 85% and 78% are convinced that working from home will become much more common and widespread after the virus. 

Travel Expenses will Fall

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With people adjusting to holding workplace meetings online, the need for face to face events will diminish. 

People developing the skills necessary to plan and execute workshops online will enable companies to reimagine the reach of their products and take their activities into the new digitalization age.

Reimagining Office Space

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With more people spending time working remotely, the need for extensive office space for companies may change. This could result in a reimagining of the way we design office spaces and could have knock-on effects for other markets.

Different HR and Stakeholder Needs

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HR departments may find their requirements and processes need to be radically altered. They could find that they need to resolve different issues for staff. These could be home broadband or organizing social events to bring remote staff together. 

Sustainability and Digitalization

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But what role will sustainability play in the post corona relaunch? According to  Filippo Bianchi, managing director, and partner at Boston Consulting Group: “In the post-COVID-19 scenario, everything related to sustainability and ethics will be an important driver. 

Consumers will definitely pay increasing attention to the impact of companies’ activities on both the environment and social health. Be this from CO2 emissions, materials sourcing, and waste management to the security of workplaces and the well-being of employees. 

Why? Because the health emergency is both causing structurally lower confidence in the market and generating a shift in the value sets. In this scenario, sustainability thinking will grow in strength and receive even more emphasis than before. The altering of priorities initially enforced by the virus will drive shifts in the priorities of consumers. 

Would a society that is more sustainable be absolutely resilient to the effects of a pandemic? Of course not.  

But as we explored in our previous article on Collective Responsibility and our sustainability needs, our response to sustainability issues needs to mirror our best actions on redressing the spread of the virus. This is the striking similarity between what is needed in our reaction to the health crisis and our sustainability challenges. We all as businesses and individuals need to take collective responsibility to improve our sustainability behavior. 

Digitalization tools and sustainability can work in unison to bring about substantial change in your company. This will enable it to be a market leader in your industry. 

2030 Builders and the Digitalization Future

At 2030 Builders, we believe that our tool combines the best that is to offer in the areas of digitalization and sustainability

Embracing future technologies is a key part of our mission in how we can further a sustainability agenda. This is why we incorporated gamification into our immersive technologies. In this way, we have produced a plug and play solution. This is a remote tool that eliminates the need for travel costs and expensive workshops. In this way sustainability is a part of our entire process.

Your staff are able to engage in digital upskilling in the area of sustainability from their own remote devices, whilst collaborating with their colleagues. 

This strategy of digitalization enables your employees to work together on producing the best sustainability strategy that fits your company’s needs. They are kept engaged and motivated by our gamification techniques allowing them to feel part of the driving force of your company’s sustainability strategy. 

Digitalization and sustainability thinking can work hand in hand for your company. This brings together the talents of your employees in a collaborative process that maximizes your sustainability strategy alignment potential. 

Not only that, but your employees will also benefit from the team-building and collaborative process provided by 2030 Builders. 

The future involves an emphasis on digitalization and combining it with sustainability thinking. Your company can be a leader in this area by working with us.
To learn more about how our product can work for you, use this link to book a demo. 

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