There are a lot of comments, opinion, discussions about the Digital Workplace but very few pieces of hard evidence that demonstrate what it means to you and your organisation. There is even less evidence that is free AND reliable that you can find too!
But there is one way to have this for free by completing the Digital Workplace Survey.
The Digital Workplace Survey is in it’s 8th year and provides insight into short and long term trends in the digital workplace. This is useful, not just for staying in touch with trends and planning minor enhancements in your own workplace, but also in strategising the future roadmap and major updates. It’s a great tool to share with senior management as it shows what other organisations are doing in the space via survey results, expert commentary and case studies.
Participating organisations receive a free copy of the report and a customized Digital Workplace Scorecard which can be used to compare against similar organisations.
There are only 10 days to go before it closes on 21 November so don’t delay participating!
The 8th annual survey – Digital Workplace Trends 2014 – is now open. It will close mid-October. You are invited to participate in the survey and in return you will receive:
- A free copy of the “Digital Workplace Trends 2014″ report on 31 January 2014. (This report is commercialized at US$ 530 for non participants.)
- A customized Digital Workplace Scorecard. The scorecard is calculated based on responses to a selection of questions in the survey. It gives a sense of where the organization is at compared to other similar organizations. (Available in the first part of February.)
The survey will take you from 45 to 60 minutes to complete. You can exit the online survey platform at any time, and return later to where you left off. Just sign up
to get started.
Themes covered this year:
- What makes up the digital workplace
- Impact on the physical workplace
- Social collaboration
- Enterprise social networking
- Video and e-learning
- Information discovery
- Business impact of the digital workplace on the organization
- Leadership involvement
- Strategy, governance and decision-making
- Change and challenges
- Preparation for the future workplace
In my previous post in this series on mobile ‘Good governance signals right mobile direction’ I said mobile is one of the key drivers for the transformation of intranets into digital workplaces which could become mobile workplaces but progress is patchy. It is no surprise if I say setting the right direction for your organisation with mobile is critical. Having some good governance principles helps you to continue in the right way and underpin your strategy.
We also need to give people a great mobile experience. But what exactly does that mean? Here are my thoughts on what is needed to achieve this in my last post in this series.
Firstly, you need to make sure the people who will benefit the most are able to use a mobile device. You need to be clear who will benefit from having a mobile device. It probably will not be everyone. Even if it is, you will need to prioritise who has the greatest need. Factors like the number of people involved, time spent away from their place of work and what contribution they can make, will help decide the greatest need.
When you have the right people then you can find out what information and which services they most need, when they need to use them and how they need to use them, to be able to design and test for a good mobile experience.
Secondly, you need to choose which mobile devices are the best tool to help people with their work. For example, is it a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or maybe a combination of more than one of these that is needed? Will you let people bring their own devices to work or will your organisation provide them? These decisions are critical and will depend on your organisation’s corporate values, type of employees, security, funding and speed of adoption. Once these decisions have been made you can then focus on how you start to create a good mobile experience.
Once you know how to support the type of devices and size of screens being used, and the main purpose people will be using their mobile device for, you can start to create a good mobile experience.
Lastly, you need to make sure you have the right infrastructure to support the needs of mobile workers in your organisation. This means access to the information and tools needs to be 24/7 and not just normal working hours. It means business continuity plans must include how people will still have mobile access to what they need for work. Your organisation needs to consider the different mobile operating systems and devices it will support; what is the cost; what should be the limit; which systems and devices will have most overall benefit?
You also need to give a fast connection when mobile workers need it for their work to the information and tools. Why would you want a mobile device if you find it takes ages to connect to any content or services you need to use?
Good mobile experience
So, what is needed for a great mobile experience? These bullet points help summarise the posts on mobile:
- A mobile strategy aligned to business needs
- Supported by a governance framework
- Helping meet the needs of people using mobile devices
- Research and test with mobile users
- Get the infrastructure in place
- Have a policy on using mobile users for business purposes
If you need any more information please contact me.
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In my last post ‘Letting the mobile genie out of the bottle‘ I said mobile is one of the key drivers for the transformation of intranets into digital workplaces which could become mobile workplaces but progress is patchy. I asked how do you manage this so it benefits your organisation and people while managing the risks of bring your own device (BYOD), intellect property, consuming and contributing content, and using apps that are available anywhere, anytime?
It is no surprise if I say a mobile strategy to set you in the right direction is a good start to make. Setting the right direction for your organisation with mobile is critical. To do that you need to know why is your organisation considering mobile access to your intranet. You need to develop a strategy aligned to your overall business strategy and other strategies that may conflict, support, or overlap with your mobile strategy e.g. IT, Communications, Security.
Your mobile strategy will need to show how it will help to improve the performance. You need to first research how productivity can increase with people more mobile. You need to find out which content and apps are most needed while people are mobile. Ask people what tasks need doing most or have the biggest impact if done with a mobile device.
Without a mobile strategy, with clear priorities shown, there is little chance of creating a successful business case that can help people and your organisation. But who should be responsible for sponsoring the implementation of your mobile strategy?
You need to find a senior manager who will champion this or, better still, a group of senior managers from across your organisation. Consider who will have the biggest influence on your mobile strategy. Check out who will be most affected by your strategy. Lastly, who has the biggest interest in a mobile strategy being adopted.
Involve these people and any people they nominate in developing your strategy and working out the best way to get your organisation to adopt.
When you have achieved this you will need governance so your mobile strategy sets out and continues in the right direction. More on this in a future post.
This is the last in my series of posts showing examples of the savings organisations have made by shifting work to a digital workplace and new ways of working. It draws on my previous posts on how you need to plan your strategy, governance, and management of content, tools, and services for a digital workplace. This is essential to transform your intranet into a digital workplace. My previous posts in this series have covered productivity savings, reduced absenteeism, reduced staff turnover, and property costs savings.
I will be using examples from the Digital Workplace Group‘s report ‘What is the financial value of investing in digital working?‘ that show what organisations taking the right approach can achieve. This example covers how changing to new ways of working can improve your organisation’s green reputation and have a good impact on the environment.
How to reduce the environmental impact
Governments, organisations, and people are realising more what their impact on the environment can be. More importantly there are options we can take which can reduce the impact we have by changing our behaviour to work. Simply we can now bring our work to us more rather than have to travel to it. So, as well as striking a better work/life balance we can also reduce our impact on the environment by:
- not commuting to work
- video and conference calls with other people instead of every meeting being face to face
- less office space to be heated and lit
- when travelling is necessary, doing it outside of peak commuting hours if possible
- using collaboration tools that replicate what used to happen when people were in physical workplaces
What organisations can achieve
- Reducing environmental impact is a key factor of an organisation’s Corporate and Social Responsibilities commitments.
- If US employees with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so half the time, it is estimated the nation could cut its Persian Gulf imports by 47%. The greenhouse gas impact would be equivalent to taking the entire New York State workforce off the road. (Wow!)
- Reducing an organisation’s liability to environmental taxes and penalties by changing behaviour.
- Significant savings can be achieved through reduction in business travel. For example: Ernst & Young (£2.5m a year) and Cisco ($10.3m a year).
- Digital workplace technology has the potential significantly to reduce the negative environmental impact of organisations.
- During 2010, consolidation enabled Hewlett Packard to close 16 data centres and 447 computer labs and reduce floor space by around 12,000 square metres, while maintaining HP’s presence in all the world’s major regions and their ability to support customers worldwide. In turn, HP estimates that this consolidation avoided 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2) emissions.
- Through its award winning flexible working programme, in 2009/10 Ernst & Young avoided 6.8m air miles from using video-conferencing facilities. And in 2010/11, it achieved a 24% reduction in distance travelled by road per head, and a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions per head, compared with 2006/07. It also achieved a 5% reduction in distance travelled by rail and CO2e emissions per head in 2010/11 compared with 2006/07. Its flexible working strategy has been supported by a £650,000 initial investment while the potential annual direct cost savings from business travel avoidance is £2.5m.
- In its 2010 CSR report, Cisco makes an explicit link between using collaboration solutions internally (principally WebEx and telepresence) to host a staggering 19.3m hours of virtual meetings. This represents an annual saving of 47,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and a general reduction of 12% of Cisco’s output in greenhouse gases since 2007.
- Capgemini’s carbon emissions have fallen by 12.6% since 2008 as a result of its TravelWell programme, which included providing technology alternatives to non-essential travel. It has also achieved WWF UK’s ‘One in Five Challenge’ (reducing business flights by 20% in five years). A founder sponsor of the challenge, Capgemini achieved this in the first year, reducing flights by 4,508.
I hope these posts have made you pause and think about how you can help your own organisation. You can contact me if you want more help.
There are more examples and details in ‘What is the financial value of investing in digital working.