Today’s modern workplace is continually becoming more collaborative, visual, and environmental. There are a considerable number of trends driving today’s workplace collaboration that depend on employees being connected using digital collaboration technologies and an expanding work domain. The converging momentum of mobility, cloud services, and globalization have culminated in workplaces without borders. Work used to be going into an office from 9 to 5, but is now accomplished anywhere, anytime, using any device. “Work” is not just a physical place, but is now global and mobile. With increasing global proliferation, organizations are becoming adept at acquiring and using technology without necessarily involving IT resources. Global pressures are forcing businesses to become more agile and cost-conscious, and each adopted technology should be based on the business outcome it will empower, making today’s workplace extremely business-process-focused. Here are five trends of the workplace of 2016:
1. Mobile Devices and Applications
Organizations are finding that workers are increasingly using mobile devices in order to connect and collaborate with their colleagues and clients from anywhere, at any time, and from any device. Recent research shows that by 2020, there will be about 34 billion mobile devices being used. Organizations will be responsible for managing and securing these devices, even if they are owned by the employee. Many workers, especially Millennials, prefer to bring their own devices to the job, meaning that strategies to address security on these devices also need to be addressed.
2. Cloud Services
Cloud services offer a method for businesses to gain immediate and global access to software and data. Because these services run in the cloud, workers can access them from anywhere, instantaneously. Employees can access real-time collaboration tools, including video and Web conferencing, chat, instant messaging, and access to social networks, improving collaboration both internally and externally.
3. Social Networks
Social networks have become an important part of business collaboration, both internally and externally. Employees can share with each other in workplace communities, providing a central knowledge repository and a secure method of exchange.
The advancement of video in business is a big trend. Video comes in many configurations, from real-time video collaboration and video streaming, all the way to collections of video content, including corporate documents. Video is an advanced tool that affects the way employees interact and can break down boundaries; improve trust; and enhance collaboration, learning, and negotiation. As time moves forward, the conference room will be viewed as a video collaboration workspace. According to recent research, more than 50 percent of conference rooms in large enterprises will be video-enabled. And as this happens, more conference rooms will be integrated with digital whiteboards and scheduling systems.
5. Open Workplace
Another major trend driving collaboration in 2016 is the concept of open workspaces, which break down communication barriers and allow workers to collaborate and more effectively create new ideas.
These trends are affecting how organizations adopt unified communications and collaboration tools that impact collaboration. Keep an eye out for more in 2016 and know how to sell these value-added applications for profitability and enhanced revenue.
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