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Priyanka Prashob
Priyanka Prashob is an organizational psychologist with 6+ years of experience in the field of Content and Psychology. She is a passionate writer and has authored 2 books. She has designed content for corporate training programs, worked on organizational behavior reports and numerous individual personality assessment reports. Several research articles written by her are published on platforms like Academia and Research Gate. The articles have gained recognition and appreciation from universities, academicians, and researchers across the world.

The pandemic has changed the concept of work and how work is done. And the global recession caused by the pandemic has accelerated this transformation even more. Some companies have permanently shifted to the work-from-home model while some are thinking about reopening offices. If you are one among them, then you need to plan a new world of facilities management where workplace safety is paramount, and offering flexible work options is imperative! Regardless of whether your organization continues with the work-from-home model or plans to reopen the workplace – you need a solid workplace technology strategy that can help you navigate the new normal. 

In this blog, we will discuss 3 action steps you need to take to strengthen your workplace technology strategy to drive business continuity and build an agile workplace that is prepared to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

3 Ways to strengthen your workplace technology strategy

1. Determine and overcome gaps in your workplace technology

The first step even before building a workplace technology strategy would be to identify if your organization needs any tools to accelerate the digital transformation process. Identify the gaps – especially in your organization’s remote building management capabilities. Find out if there are any weaknesses and come up with a counter-plan to overcome that weakness. For instance, you could accelerate the move from paper-based to digital for critical processes to empower your remote work teams. 

In short, make workplace processes more agile so that your organization and workforce – be it from home or from the office is able to respond to a constantly changing work world.

2. Choose the right technology solutions: Invest right 

If you are planning to reopen your workplace, then as a part of your workplace technology strategy – the most important step would be to make a list of tools that can support your workforce – who are working remotely and from the office. Also, use space management technology to track building usage levels. Make your workplace safe – install technology tools and systems that can help you with this. Most importantly, help employees feel confident about the return to the workplace by sharing new data such as workplace density, air quality, and cleaning frequency. 

Invest in tools and systems that can offer all this data. And educate your employees on the workplace safety protocols they need to follow. To ensure you make the right investment decisions, look at your peers and the top industry leaders for inspiration. Gather inputs, make a pro and con list, and choose the ones that best align with your organization’s needs and interests – the ones you think will yield the best results!

3. Eliminate the gap between remote working and working from the office 

Prepare your organization to meet both – the remote working and working-from office needs. For instance, facilitate meetings in a manner where both remote work employees and employees working from the office can attend seamlessly.  That is, ensure your workforce has access to consistent workplace technology in all locations. Be it – home, office, or any other workspace. 

Remember – it’s crucial to adapt your workflow and other work processes to suit the new ways of working. In other words, redesign your workspace and work processes to suit and meet the needs of employees who work from home and those who are working from the office. 

Conclusion

Remote work is here to stay. And nobody has a perfect solution that can overcome today’s global remote work challenges. Also, nobody knows what the ways of work will look like in the future. But one thing we can all do is prepare our workplace for the next generation of workers. This means you need to build modern digital workspaces. For this, you need to start planning now! 

Thus, position your workplace technology strategy and technology investments in line with your digital transformation journey after analyzing the ROI it can generate for your business and your people. 

Also read: 5 Simple Ways Leaders Can Help Reduce Employee Stress

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