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How Digitalisation will transform the post-COVID-19 Workplace

by May 20, 2020Impact0 comments

What is digitalisation?

Digitalisation is the process by which digital technologies and digitised data are utilised to improve work efficiency. It is reliant on the process of digitisation, where one converts analog into digital. 

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

The Covid-19 crisis has brought into stark relief the importance for companies of digital technologies. With people working from home, it is only through these that employees are maintaining work connections. 

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 better results. It means that some employees get more productive if they can work in their own environments.

4 ways digitalisation will forever change the workplace

Working from home

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There are many benefits of working from home, for instance productivity.

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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Woking from some can not only be more productive, but also contribute to achieving sustainable goals.

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 online workshops will enable companies to reimagine the reach of their products. In addition, this opportunity will help them take their activities into the new digitalization age.

Reimagining office space

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Some companies may switch to smaller office space after Covid-19 crisis.

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

Different HR and stakeholder needs

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Covid-19 crisis will bring new challenges for HR department.

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

Sustainability and digitalisation

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How does digitisation relate to sustainability?

But what role will sustainability play in the post corona relaunch?

“In the post-COVID-19 scenario, everything related to sustainability and ethics will be an important driver.” –  says Filippo Bianchi, managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group:

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. Therefore, 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. In other words, we all as businesses and individuals need to take collective responsibility to improve our sustainability behaviour. 

Digitalization tools and sustainability can work in unison to bring about substantial change in your company. In result enabling it to be a market leader in your industry. 

2030 Builders and the digitalisation future

At 2030 Builders, we believe that our tool combines the best that is to offer in the areas of digitalisation 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 employees are able to engage in digital upskilling in the area of sustainability from their own remote devices. At the same time, they will be collaborating with their colleagues. 

This strategy of digitalisation 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. It allows them to feel part of the driving force of your company’s sustainability strategy. 

Digitalisation and sustainability thinking can work hand in hand for your company. In other words, it brings together the talents of your employees in a collaborative process that maximizes your sustainability strategy alignment potential. 

In addition, your employees will also benefit from the team-building and collaborative process provided by 2030 Builders. 

The future involves an emphasis on digitalisation 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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