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Work is shifting from the physical to the digital workplace. Offices are not disappearing, but they are reducing in size. Their configuration is also changing, and their role in the workplace is being adapted. Work itself is becoming increasingly portable, mobile and flexible.
This fundamental shift represents a huge opportunity for organizations to achieve multiple benefits including reducing costs, improving productivity, increasing employee engagement and even environmental improvements.
Yet, many organizations are not taking action and reaping the rewards. This is partly due to a lack of awareness of the opportunities at hand, and also due to some skepticism about the benefits amongst senior and middle-management in many businesses.
New detailed research from the Digital Workplace Forum presents a detailed business case demonstrating the financial value of investing in digital working. The report is free and can be downloaded from this page.
Citing a raft of case studies and packed with statistical evidence, the report irrefutably demonstrates that by investing in digital working, companies are able to achieve ROI and see positive outcomes across six distinct areas including improvements in productivity and declines in absenteeism.
The report is critical reading for:
- Senior management seeking to make informed investment decisions
- Support functions such as IT or HR presenting a business case relating to the digital workplace to senior management
- Stimulating debate on or facilitating conversations about digital working within organizations
The six distinct areas detailed in the report where results from investing in digital working can be achieved are:
- Real estate reductions (ability to reduce costs on office space)
- Productivity improvements (employees are often more efficient when working away from the office)
- Absenteeism declines (staff are less inclined to have a day officially away from the office if they are working flexibly)
- Staff turnover decreases (employees who work flexibly are more engaged, happier and less likely to leave)
- Operations continuity (a good digital workplace infrastructure is key for successful operations continuity and disaster planning)
- Environmental gains (by reducing employee travel there are significant reductions in organizations’ carbon footprint).