The nature of the workplace is constantly evolving, and now we are shifting from the information age to the collaboration age. This not only involves people working together, but also humans working with machines as well as machine to machine collaboration.
In order to ensure a smooth transition into the collaboration age, companies must offer employees some sort of flexibility. In an age where technology and cloud-based software is accessible to most, there is no excuse for not offering flexible working. Using task management tools, video conference, knowledge management and collaboration resources make it simple for workers to work from their ideal location.
While flexibility is a must for progressive companies, physical offices should still work in tandem with them. In order to make the most out of a workspace, employers need to evaluate what their employees need, such as break-out spaces, meeting rooms, collaborative areas, private booths and reliable technology. Ensuring employees are satisfied with their surroundings is key to boosting productivity and retaining top talent.
IT teams will also play a crucial role in creating a seamless experience for workers. Removing any possible obstacles that could hurt collaboration between workers, regardless of where they are, is vital in keeping business going.
This also includes HR taking the time to train workers from all generations to understand and feel confident using the technologies that are available.