21 Jan Workstyle innovation is crucial for driving employee productivity in today’s digital workplace
Employee productivity has always been a top priority for senior management. However, delivering it in a sustainable manner is becoming a significant challenge in today’s increasingly mobile, digitally-optimised and hyper-competitive world.
In one context, productivity is about creating an environment in which all employees – from Baby Boomers to Generation Z – can access information, share knowledge and collaborate freely and easily.
In addition, it is about an organisation’s ability to put in place policies and processes as well as provide tools, technologies and the IT infrastructure to empower the workforce to deliver greater productivity.
However, consistent growth in productivity has never been harder to deliver.
Issues such as an increasingly mobile and remotely-based workforce, the growing consumerisation of workplace technologies and near ubiquitous web-enabled connectivity, as well as the widespread adoption of cloud-based IT systems are transforming how employees work, collaborate and share knowledge.
Moreover, the volume and velocity of information in every organisation is growing exponentially, adding more complexity, cost and effort to derive meaningful insights to support a mobile and remotely-located workforce.
Why you need a digital strategy for the new world of work
The traditional analogue way of doing things is no longer a sustainable strategy. Forward-thinking organisations have recognised that a strategy to support digital business transformation is essential for success.
Productivity forms one component of such a digital strategy. Other components comprise agility, information management, innovation, mobility, and sustainability.
We at Ricoh believe that an effective digital strategy should include three fundamental goals:
- Empower your people – transform the workplace into a digitally-optimised environment that supports collaboration and knowledge-sharing to enhance productivity and innovation.
- Optimise your business processes – identify opportunities to introduce more efficient and effective ways to manage your organisation, embedding information security and sustainability into your operations.
- Optimise the value of your technology and IT infrastructure – deliver a strategy to support the needs of the workforce and the organisation.
We call this three-tier approach Growth through Workstyle Innovation. It defines our view on the current and emerging opportunities and challenges for organisations looking to develop the way in which they support and engage their workforce.
Growth through Workstyle Innovation also sets out the case for investing in the tools, digital services and the technology infrastructure needed to empower the workforce to collaborate and share information, and thereby enhance their productivity and engagement.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will share with you the best of our analysis, thinking and research to help you identify, assess and understand the opportunities and challenges presented by the continuing transformation of the workplace.