Innovating, exploring and evolving the digital worlds of work for the 2020s and beyond
Who would have imagined that in the early months of 2020, as we were launching the new DWG Technology and Research Institute (DWG Institute), the digital workplace would become the “essential workplace”?
In the years since DWG’s CEO and Founder coined the term digital workplace in 2010, the concept of two workplaces – one physical and one digital – has become both firmly established and highly significant. But until 2020, the digital world of work was still regarded by some as a service needing a business justification. What’s the return on investing in the digital workplace and what’s wrong with what we already have were too often the challenges from the Chief Financial Officer.
Then COVID-19 arrived and for hundreds of millions of people (if not more) the digital world of work became the only world of work, as huge swathes of the global workforce were suddenly forced to work remotely – and not just remotely but from home.
The essential workplace
The DWG Institute was founded in January 2020 as a safe space where organizations using enterprise technology could collaborate, investigate and learn with a diverse range of workplace technology providers – anchored by DWG’s 17-year programme of the world’s most authoritative and useful research. We sensed (and saw) that there was a confidential environment of interaction, learning and relationship that could grow between organizations, providers and experts within the DWG Institute.
2020 is the year of acceleration and reimagining
COVID-19 has initiated the largest ever transformation in work in modern corporate history: rapid shifts to working from home; exponential use of online meeting tools; new ways of managing teams remotely; the need for digital leadership, and so on.
What we will see in this decade is a remarkable and unprecedented era of workplace technology innovation, designed to provide resilient ways of working in the post COVID-19 world that can enable alternate digital working at will – with a backdrop that mandates environmental protection at all levels of work. Why travel to a meeting, when we now know the digital meeting is not a substitute but an enhancer?
The DWG Institute
The DWG Technology and Research Institute brings together organizations, technology providers and experts to share knowledge, ideas and perspectives securely and confidentially, to significantly improve and reimagine the way we work today and in the future.
The purpose of the DWG Institute is to innovate, explore and evolve the new digital worlds of work for the 2020s and beyond.
Please see our DWG Open Events page for details of all forthcoming sessions that you can register for.
Read blog posts and view recordings from past DWG Institute events:
May 2020 Technology Exchange
– Hilti’s global intranet; a deep dive into the Beezy intranet platform
July 2020 Technology Lab
– Digital Workplace acceleration – 8 key takeaways from July’s Technology Lab
– Intranets now and in the future – insights from Valo
– Bridging the gaps in Sharepoint – insights from Beezy
August 2020 Technology Exchange
– Technology-driven behavioural change – 7 key takeaways from August’s Technology Exchange
September 2020 Technology Lab
– Digital Employee Experience (DEX) in transition – 8 key takeaways from September’s Technology Lab
– Beezy’s perspectives on digital employee experience and the intelligent workplace
– Workgrid’s perspectives on digital workplace experience and managing change
For more information about how the DWG Institute can help you, please tell us about yourself and we’ll be in touch: