Smart companies are looking at the ongoing shift to the virtual workplace model through an opportunity angle. As a way to engage technology to minimize disruption experienced in the machinations of workplace collaboration, managers and leaders are discussing various verticals including, how artificial intelligence (AI) can help in simplifying remote working in the IT sector, what the future of the healthcare system will look like, and how effective workplace collaboration at a consultancy agency can prove beneficial.
Essentially, they are assessing the growing importance of using advanced technology in everyday office activities. The sudden adoption of the remote working concept has brought forth challenges in its implementation and also allowed us to explore new and unique ways of overcoming them. Here’s a sneak peek.
Collaboration to Minimize Disruption: 4 Canons
The emphasis has to be on how emerging technologies can assist professionals in the future workplace that is largely bound to stay virtual in the future.
Collaboration Using Modern Technology Tools
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Information Technology (IT) is one of the biggest fields affected due to Covid-19 pandemic. Even in organizations that do not depend on IT and IT-es services, workers are finding it difficult to manage and protect their systems, hampering productivity.
For instance, issues such as software installations, browser lags, and password resets can be resolved via AI-powered network support modules. These use virtual assistants and AI framework to mitigate the need for physical intervention.
While the processes can be introduced, the focus of organizations has to be on training the workers. Therefore, skill development and redevelopment will take precedence here.
- Hot desks that give comfort with connectivity and green design that augments peoples’ cognitive abilities.
- Motion sensors that measure how often and how long desks and meeting rooms are occupied as well as temperature, carbon dioxide levels and humidity while making sure the conditions are best suited for working
Virtual Collaboration Using AR
The future of work, according to Facebook, has to do with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In May, it gave an 8-second glance into a setup where a person could juggle between real and virtual desks all while sitting at their ‘real real’ desk. It shows the relevance of AR/VR innovation in helping reduce friction in the workplace, especially if different teams working on the same project are going to be spatially distancing themselves.
Skill development can happen through self-help courses and video conferencing tools, but how can managers solve the following?
- Hardware issues (a malfunctioning laptop battery, for example)
- Non-unified, distributed network (everyone working via different networks)
- Web security
Technical processes will have their own versions of implementation challenges depending upon the type and size of the organization. Leaders will need to discuss the challenges before they even adopt these promising technologies.
The Future Worker
The future worker looks like a version of the current worker with a substantial edge over technical expertise. Soft skills will always be handy but only those professionals that are able to understand how to effectively use a bot to, say, update the license of the copy of Microsoft Office, will flourish.
It eventually means that the collaboration between a worker/employee’s skills set with the latest technology would be equally crucial.
The future of work using collaborative tools and technology will be challenging for both organizations and workers, but the benefits are resounding as well and will minimize the existing disruption prevalent today.