[In the News]: 3 Trends Transforming the Modern Workplace

Advances in technology and shifting workforce demographics are creating a more fluid work environment, redefining what productivity looks like, and empowering individuals to work smarter. With an influx of new talent that values experiences, continued learning, and collaboration over financial compensation, leadership will have to take a forward-looking approach to restructuring the workplace landscape.

Innovative technologies can help all organizations respond to workplace trends and create dynamic environments that incentivize and empower the next generation of employees.

Encouraging & Accommodating Remote Workers

More than 43% of Americans spend at least some time working remotely – whether from their home offices or the local coffee shop. As teams become more widespread, keeping everyone engaged and informed is critical to the success of your organization. To promote teamwork and enhance efficiency, leadership must enable communication and support reliable connection between off and on-site employees.

For organizations looking to restructure their respective work environments, the collaborative features of modern cloud technology are especially advantageous. Microsoft Teams provides an intuitive channel for employees to stay up to date on projects and streamline processes. Additionally, the file storage and sharing capabilities of cloud technologies ensure every employee can access and contribute to the correct documents.

Enabling Intelligent Time Management & Effective Collaboration

Today’s most competitive organizations are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to improve efficiency, increase daily productivity, and empower their employees to do their best work. Whether it’s quickly extracting actionable insights from your customer data, easily locating that important email conversation in your overflowing inbox, or simply arriving on time and prepared to a meeting or event, each day is filled with moments that can have a significant business impact.

Features like real-time data analyzing and reporting allow your team to spend less time on mundane tasks and more time on creative ways to solve your business’ complex challenges. Ultimately, by leveraging the time-saving benefits of AI, organizations can create the versatile and challenging work environment valued by today’s workforce.

Building Trust by Maintaining Security & Compliance

The new workplace landscape involves new technologies, new devices, and introduces a new set of security challenges. With global cybercrime damage expected to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021, maintaining enterprise-grade security of corporate assets is mission-critical. 

Modern cloud technologies enable your employees to securely store, edit, and share data. Built-in data loss prevention and rights management capabilities help establish permission criteria to ensure information is never compromised. With the cutting-edge business intelligence, productivity analytics, and powerful visualization capabilities of cloud technology, employees can confidently handle sensitive company data.

Still, from actively creating ways to help your employees develop new skills, to building trust within your team, Microsoft’s Office 365 can help your organization develop the flexible workplace that empowers and excites the new generation of employees.

Read the full article from Microsoft.