Acknowledging the creativity and focus of digital workplace teams responding to COVID-19

10 June 2020 by

As the global COVID-19 crisis unfolds, digital workplaces and the teams that run them have suddenly become (even more) central to the way organizations operate. The steep climb in demand for remote working, as well as the need to communicate and work in new, fluid and transparent ways, are all meaning that the technologists, communicators, managers and many others responsible for digital working are on the frontline of the response of organizations.

Within and beyond DWG, we’re seeing and hearing about ways in which digital workplace teams are bringing exceptional creativity and focus to helping the workforce stay productive and connected as more and more people work from home. These include rapid rollouts of collaboration tools, setting up online wellbeing sessions for staff, increasing use of video conferencing, ramping up support and training options, regular and open communication between leaders and employees – and more.

The way the digital workplace – at whatever stage of maturity it is – supports the organization now will have a knock-on impact for how it gets prioritized, invested in, and managed as we emerge from the crisis.

For all these reasons, we’ve added an (optional) new question to our Digital Workplace of Year Awards­ to find out how entrants’ digital workplaces are enabling the organization to respond in an agile way to COVID-19. As we’ve seen, this is about productivity, but also about connection, and much of what we’re seeing is around the humanizing of work as people rally to support each other and experiment digitally with new ways of working.

And, because we know teams in this space are under pressure, we’ve extended the Awards deadline to allow more time for entries until July 20, 2020.

For some related advice and lessons learned from DWG’s CEO Paul Miller, check out his post: Coronavirus: 20 little lesson for successful remote working – based on (almost) 20 years’ experience at DWG.

Submitting an entry for 2020 will give you and your organization the opportunity to share your digital workplace achievements with peers and to gain global, industry recognition!

For 2020 there are two categories:

  • Digital Workplace of the Year 2020 (awarded to an organization), open to submission by any organization, with one overall winner and several category awards.
  • Digital Workplace Leader of the Year 2020 (awarded to an individual) – nominated by peer experts, with one overall winner and several category awards.

For full details on the Award categories, entry criteria and to start your entry, please visit the  Digital Workplace of the Year 2020 website.

The deadline to submit your entry has been extended to midnight (GMT) on July 20, 2020 and winners will be announced live during DWG24 – a unique digital workplace insight event, broadcasting from around the world over 24 hours from September 31 to October 1, for which you can register now!

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Elizabeth Marsh

Director of Research

Elizabeth Marsh is DWG’s Director of Research and author of its latest report ‘Digital workplace overload: How to reduce employee technostress’ (available free on our website). She’s worked as a practitioner, researcher and consultant in the digital workplace field for over 20 years and is a strong advocate for digital literacy and digital wellbeing at work. Elizabeth is currently doing a PhD at the University of Nottingham focusing on employee technostress and the potential of mindfulness to help reduce it. She also co-authored – with Paul Miller – the book ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’.

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