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Methods and tools for workplace

Methods and tools for workplace
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Methods and tools for workplace

How does an organisation develop to match the incredible pace of change within the workplace? There will be more change in this decade than any other for 100 years. Atlassian 's HR Futurist Rick Von Feldt recently presented on what the workplace would look like in 2020. Here are some of the key ideas that should be guiding methods and tools teams.

Technology has changed the way we interact

The rapid evolution of technology from a dependence on hardware to cloud computing has fundamentally altered the flow of information, and therefore, power in organisations. The challenge for organisations is to embrace the digital democracy that turns traditional hierarchy on its head.

New levels of globalisation

Remote working of all kinds is now the norm. We work in multicultural teams, with colleagues and partners spread across continents and time zones. Workplace culture has to adapt to manage and respect an eclectic mix of customs, approaches and working days.

The social workplace

We are connected all the time, so that we no longer work as single, independent entities. Increasingly, we look to an extended network of influencers and multiple sources of knowledge to plan and execute our work. This social focus results in not only more collaboration but also new types of collaboration.

The millennials are coming

By 2020, millennials will account for 50% of the workforce. They have vastly different expectations of technology and working. These changes combine to create the need for a more fluid, adaptive model of working and new tools to support it. Von Feldt thinks that a democratised workplace is on the rise, with employees being empowered and enabled to use their initiative.

In a hyper-connected, information-rich world, opportunities are ubiquitous because information is available immediately to all. In that context, the skills that need to be fostered are those that help people filter, analyse and collaborate. Likewise, the tools they use need to support this too. Participation and experience, with the freedom to question, are becoming more important than a waterfall flow of information and instructions.

For more detail regarding preparing for the 2020 workplace, click here to go to Rick Von Feldt's presentation. To discuss how to give your organisation the methods and tools needed to win in fast-changing workplace, contact Adaptavist today.

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