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Are your practices holding back your modern workforce?

17 October 2019

Recently a quick check of the internet led me to discover I fit into the category of millennials. Something which truthfully came as a little bit of a surprise; until that is, discussing the way I choose to work. In recent years, organisations have started to transform the office space. Formal wear has given way to casual attire and tea & coffee funds replaced with herbal drinks, fresh fruit and yoga classes. I, for one, celebrate this.

Whilst all these things can make an office an attractive place to work, there’s no shortage of studies estimating 43% of the workforce will be mobile by 2023. By this time, organisations will need more than contemporary offices to attract and retain a new wave of talented individuals.

Like myself, most millennials grew up exposed to technology. As a result, I started my career equipped with how to use technology in a way that best suited me, yet for the early parts of my career this wasn't compatible with how IT teams wanted me to work. High levels of control dictated granular restrictions over the way we worked and challenging this was seldom an option. However, now organisations are starting to realise that allowing staff to work the way they know best has many benefits.

Organisations can both harness the ingenuity staff bring and drive innovation. To achieve this, the tramlines in which staff operate must be widened, and meticulous control must be more transparent. Transparent control doesn't mean less security. Machine learning and cloud-based products have brought a wave of security solutions appropriate for the mobile workforce. Staff are increasingly happy to meet some of their own IT needs and in return receive instant appeasement, providing IT with opportunities for self-service. Further distancing from the IT tether, staff are increasingly taking their work mobile, attentive to work outside the traditional hours of 9 and 5 and on varying types of devices without the once essential VPN.

Embracing the way staff are most productive drives a social and collaborative organisation. Modern tooling prevents knowledge silos and drives a sense of purpose amongst employees, defining the modern workplace. IT teams are less drawn into urgency, freeing them up to focus on enabling and further innovating the business.

Microsoft 365 bundles the necessary tools and services to equip staff; couple this with expertise from Ideal and maybe now is the time to ask how your employees work best, and if you're trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

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