Why Hybrid Working is critical to your Digital Transformation Strategy

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Digital Transformation Strategy and why Hybrid Working is critical.

Your strategy to deliver Digital Transformation, (also referred to as DT or DX), has probably centred on the automation of manual processes to deliver enhanced productivity and lower costs. Seen in this light, digital transformation is clearly an essential element of a mature business continuity program too.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a fresh component to the digital transformation equation: business leaders realise that how we use the traditional office is obsolete. Almost overnight, our nation’s knowledge workers have decamped to the safety of their spare bedrooms, and the change will prove irreversible.

This has prompted digital transformation teams to evaluate the fundamental approaches enterprises take in order that core business processes – the workflows which drive every modern business – might continue, irrespective of the employee’s location.

Businesses remain woefully unprepared

This ‘new normal’ has revealed another truth: the majority of businesses remain woefully unprepared. Processes have floundered because of inadequate investment into proven technologies, and the shortcomings in Human Resources has resulted in a wholesale disregard for employer’s Health and Safety obligations. The result: a haemorrhaging of goodwill from customers and supply chains and, inevitably, demoralised staff.

The future requires systems which enable our ‘knowledge workers’ to be productive and safe, regardless of their location. They require access to critical data via a document management suite, process control, and essential equipment, while our organisations need total communication security and enhanced cyber security.

Employers must implement more flexibility

The Huawei Global Survey, August 2020, highlighted that sixty percent of employees would like to work remotely for at least three days per week, and this was supported also by Adecco Group UK & Ireland, August 2020, who reported that seventy nine percent of employees feel their employers must implement more flexibility in how and where staff should work. Change is inevitable!

In another major survey by Adecco Group, also conducted in August 2020, it was highlighted that employees would rather have an even split between working from home – remote working – and office, while expecting their company to require two thirds of their time to be office based.

Generation Z will soon become the largest segment of the workforce and they are interested in a hybrid approach to work – time split between home and workplace. Seventy-four percent of Gen-Z would prefer either working from home or splitting time at home and work. Thirty-seven percent of the survey respondents would like to continue to work full-time from home even after the pandemic.

Hybrid working has never been so important!

Our blue-chip leaders are seeing the advantages too: BP is merely the latest to announce they’re halving their property portfolio and shifting 50,000 staff to flexible, hybrid working. It’s a win/win for employee relations.
Offices will remain, but how and when we use them will change. Your digital transformation program to enable hybrid working has never been so important!

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In this article, we have endeavoured to introduce a logical path to merge your digital transformation initiative with business continuity. Together, these two themes may be positioned within your business as the supplementary benefits of enhancing your business processes in a time of change.

Gone are the vast IT projects which never quite deliver what was promised: the modern approach is to invest in scalable solutions which deliver a near-instantaneous return on investment (ROI).

While every organisation is unique to some degree, it’s clear that continual progress is key to future resilience, growth and success.

How Do I Find Out More?

Call the Advanced UK sales team on 01895 811811 to configure your solution.

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Humperdinck Jackman

Humperdinck Jackman – Marketing Director

Humperdinck has a 30-year career spanning Document Management Systems (DMS), data protection, Artificial Intelligence, Data Protection and Robotic Process Automation. With many articles published in print internationally, he believes the advances in office technology are such that we’re entering the 4th Industrial Revolution. Now Director of Marketing and Consulting Services at Advanced UK, he’s as active with clients as he is in endeavouring to write original blog articles.