You know that I am a big fan of work life integration and that you can’t be happy if you place life and work in direct conflict. For a long time, workplaces didn’t support this kind of work and life integration, but we’re seeing some encouraging change.
Services first: We often talk about the Cloud, but the real revolution is not the fact that things are stored differently, but It is about making services universally available. While many still love their physical spaces, and there are good reasons for it, the digitization of all work services has been a blessing for those working more flexible.
Mobile only: The term ‘mobile first’ is quiet popular and I have used it before. The real breakthrough is going to come when we are ‘mobile only.’ The day every service is only available mobile, for both people on the road and those in the office, will be the day we free people from the chain to the physical world.
Are you ready for a smarter workplace?
I know, many of you are skeptical about a fully mobile world. What about the personal relationships, what about the joint lunches and meetings? But think about it, the idea of “near” is already fundamentally changing and won’t be only about physical proximity. Being available, including on an emotional level is going to play a key role.
I recently started a project to bring new technologies to our schools. We are experimenting with Microsoft’s HoloLens and even the very first day already changed how we look at the physical world. Another father and I were testing the HoloLens with Skype – he was in the Sitrion office in Denver and I was on my couch at home. The relevant factor was not the location, it was the state of mind we shared, the excitement we were onto something.
For me personally, work is about people empowerment and engagement. And technology needs to account for that. I was asked to address that question in more detail in an article for Innovation Excellence, which includes four things you need to eliminate in order to be ready for the workday of the future.
Read the whole article here:
Reimagining the Workday
Innovation Excellence - by Daniel Kraft - May 19, 2016