Everywhere you look, you see people using smart devices to communicate, schedule their time and help them with daily personal tasks. As people become more and more used to this way of life, their desire to have this functionality and convenience in the workplace increases. Unfortunately, too many executives at too many companies lack the necessary mentality to drive a digital transformation that can effectively utilize technology in a way that keeps employees as happy and productive as possible.
The only way to move ahead of the digital curve is to change how we view the workplace by opening our minds to new possibilities. We all have a mental model, or framework — based on our experiences in traditional workplaces — that shapes the way we believe the workplace should look and feel. When thinking about the workplace, you might envision an office, corporate park or high rise versus employees working remotely. You might imagine file cabinets full of paper and folders rather in the cloud
To break the pattern, you first need to understand your own mental model. This can start with a simple question: “What is a workplace to you?" Ask this question, and images, assumptions and stories that represent what a workplace is to you will naturally arise.
These unique perspectives about the workplace have been ingrained in our minds over the years, making it difficult to see past them. The idea is to blow them apart, so you can start to think about the workplace differently. Then you can open your mind to the changes you need to make to be successful now and in the future. This open way of thinking about your business needs can help direct you to the technology that will work best for you and your team.You can't view digital workplace technology through the lens of an outdated mental model. You need to make meeting your business needs and goals your highest priority, then seek technology that best fits those needs, and look for ways to make that technology available to all of your employees — both onsite and remote — so they can collaborate more effectively, increase productivity across your organization and better serve your customers.