Modern technology is changing at the speed of line, a key term used for less than six months ago, it will be replaced by something more future term, and then replaced by another. This is why we work out this special theme feature post “modern workplace” instead, be it digital workplace, smart spaces, immersive workplaces, make use of digitalOps, Intelligence artificial (AI), machine learning (ML), internet of things (IoT) sensors, and so on, it remains as modern workplaces for now and future.
Let’s start from the past. Modern workspace go through a lot of changes throughout history. From the time people work together with paper and pencil, to the industrial revolution where people work together in the factory, to office with the typewriter, then to the personal computer (PC) and server networking environment Then fuel by datacenter, Internet cloud based virtualized smartspace, to truly mobile office power by smartphone and slim laptop allow employee working anywhere, any time they want across globally. Each round of transition and adapt to the modern technology, modern workplace definition is change and adapted to the changing world.
Modern workplace have transit toward digitalOps and digital workplace, or virtual workplace where employee may or may not need to be physically working in the “traditional workplace” anymore. For productive employee or new term to describe them as “smart worker” who use various smart technology to get work done. Be it mobile smartphones with mobile applications, slim laptop or tablet, at co-working space office, virtual office or business center, just at the coffee shop or cafe or at his or her home sofa. The modern workplace ecosystem and platform had shifted toward cloud based. Under the digital transformation (DT) era technology, most of human manual works already automated by the machine or in digital process. The past traditional workplace staffing with few hundred and thousands to get things done become highly business inefficiency. What happen for print media industry and retail like bookstore, print media is losing it value over online content and media, as a result the industry of the past will be shrink. Same happen for the modern workplace, whether it is retail oriented or back office oriented, the staff requirements is being shifted toward high tech (digital or automation) to be competitive in the industry for the business you are competing with the rest of the people. Everything is doing and expect at the speed of click or responsiveness.
For traditional employees that can not adapt for the future demand and learn all the “smart” skills and deal with “smart technology” include smart workplace workflow and speed, will be replaced by those who are younger and more “smart” generation.
On another dimension, modern workspace need to be more sociable, and for employees work in open standard workplace. You will not surprise for some is not even cater dedicate work desk for employees, allow them to work in any empty desk base on a first come first serve basis. Since lot of traditional overhead of old fashion like dedicated desk for employee, meeting room all is not more really essential for people to meet (physically) since everyone can meet with laptop and connected via internet to hold meetings anywhere anytime, the traditional office will be keep shrink in size and staffing with less employee who are “smart” generation only.
In response to these changes, more and more “smart generation” employee will be come with modern workplace perks, such as access to share gaming room, gym facility, jacuzzi and sauna, swimming pool alike that most of the traditional workplace can not be provided. Occasionally business conference room needs can be booking as per need arises. This is why you will not surprise to see modern workplace is employee working in more sociable environment like lounge setting, some is even no access to dedicated desk. But they have access to more modern workplace perks that you may not be associated as traditional office and workplace environment.
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