The workplace looks different these days.
Many companies have switched to hybrid, or even fully remote, work models. As such, the old workplace model of the well-staffed office tower is a thing of the past — at least for now.
So, with reduced physical workspaces and workers reliant on digital technology, what exactly does the workplace look like now?
A decentralized digital workplace has become common. Some have defined this digital workplace as:
- A platform for maintaining productivity in the absence of a physical workspace — especially communicating seamlessly despite a distributed workforce.
- A company-specific Internet of Things — i.e., a corporate intranet and all the software and hardware needed to participate in it.
- A virtual workspace that fosters organic human interaction and employee engagement.
The reality is, a digital workplace is more than just a substitute for a physical worksite. It’s an arrangement that leverages technology and automation to bring people together. It keeps employees connected in a secured environment and has been found to boost productivity, bringing companies a competitive advantage.
You might have also heard about a “virtual workplace.” The virtual workplace is somewhat different from the digital workplace. While the virtual workplace by definition allows work to take place in more than one physical location, a digital workplace enables work using technology to enhance communication and collaboration for onsite workers, hybrid workers, and remote workers.