I have the benefit of talking to a lot of innovators about the future of work — and digitizing the workspace is not just a trend, it’s becoming a new reality. It’s time to evolve into the tools to keep working. If you haven’t already, now is the time to take that bold step and do it. Right now, remote and flexible working — enabled, connected, and empowered by digital workspaces — may be a literal lifesaver. It’s not longer a question of making a business case: it may be the only way to achieve any continuity for your business. It’s not longer a question of making a business case: it may be the only way to achieve any continuity for your business.
If you’ve been considering a shift to remote, do it. Take the leap and jump into it. Get the training you need and set up the structure. As a tech exec, Terry Flack from Cannect Digital recently said to me, necessity is the mother of invention. If you’re an organization that can’t do without a workforce on site, restructure to shift them to a safer location and reduce density by moving shifts around the clock. Don’t assume you’ll get a blank stare when you offer these options: given the choice, plenty of employees would take an empty floor on the late shift right now. Retrofit the workplace to keep them a safe distance apart, and practice every precaution laid out by the CDC.
We’re going to see changes we can’t even imagine in the coming months, and it’s going to be terrifying. Hopefully the measures we take now will help us save ourselves, our businesses, and each other. There may be a silver lining in all of this — and I am not trying to discount the unprecedented gravity and complexity of what’s happening now. Still, I’ve been among the many talking about how the future of work is actually happening in the present tense, and that has meant being faced with a fair amount of skepticism, at times. I won’t say I told you so. But here we are.
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