Digital work environments and hybrid workplaces are no longer the exceptions; they’re the norm. For today’s businesses, digital transformations have become a necessity, not an experimental concept.
According to AIMultiple statistics, companies worldwide will spend as much as $1.28 trillion on digital transformation in 2022. These numbers reflect the expense of technology and equipment and the costs of employee and management computer training, plus restructuring to a fully digital work environment with virtual and hybrid workspace capabilities.
Here are more recent stats to consider:
- In the U.S., the average digital transformation budget (for mid to large companies) totals $14 million.
- Approximately 70 percent of organizations either have a digital transformation strategy or are implementing one.
- Fifty-five percent of startups (and thirty-eight percent of traditional businesses) have converted to a digital business strategy.
- Thirty-nine percent of executives expect to see benefits from their digital transformations within three to five years.
- Digital transformation is predicted to add another $100 trillion to the global economy by 2025.
With numbers like these, it’s clear that converting to a digital work environment is crucial for companies that want to succeed in the future global market.
What is a Digital Work Environment?
A digitally transformed workplace relies on three basic, necessary components:
- Digital technology
- Remote work capabilities
- Modernized operations, processes, and workflows
In a modern workplace, these digital implementations and updated capabilities greatly enhance business operations, workplace culture, and employee experience. Yet along with these implementations, there is also a responsibility to hire employees trained and skilled in working with these modernized and digitized components.
What Are Hybrid Workplaces?
A hybrid workplace is an organization with a business model designed to accommodate both on-site and remote employees. During the early days of the pandemic in 2020, many businesses were compelled to transition to hybrid work practices. Since then, a Microsoft report has revealed that 73 percent of employees want this transition, at some level, to be permanent.
Hybrid models have already been established in many industries, including financial and administrative sectors, as a potentially permanent rather than temporary measure. For example, in the financial industry, giants like Deutsche Bank and Citigroup allow many of their employees to work from home several days a week. Likewise, administrative and professional companies such as Amgen, Apple, Capita, Microsoft, Target, Infosys, Allen & Overy, and many other businesses and government offices also offer employees the option of working from home more permanently.
This type of hybrid model can even be adapted to industries where on-site practices play a major role. For example, remote workers can take care of administrative duties such as inventory control in light industrial companies.
Here are five key practical skills and mindsets that companies — and their employees — need for success in creating a hybrid or fully digital work environment in today’s post-pandemic business environment.
Basic computer skills are no longer enough. Today’s employees need certification for essential applications like Microsoft Office and training in the software programs most often used in the business community. Additionally, staffers need the computer training skills to keep up with rapidly advancing digital technology as it continually upgrades. Toward this end, employers are increasingly discovering the value of partnering with employment specialists such as DoverSolutions, which offers employees enhanced training in these skills across various industries.
Ability to Work Remotely
As the push for more remote working opportunities continues to grow, it’s vital for today’s post-pandemic companies to implement remote working initiatives in their daily operations. Likewise, staffers need the computer skills to work effectively in remote locations within a virtual workplace, whether it involves working from home or from another off-site location. As hybrid workplaces become more prevalent in today’s economy, employees need the skills to work effectively and efficiently from multiple locations without having to depend on office staff for troubleshooting or help with computer skills. This is another area where DoverSolutions can help with comprehensive training courses in skills every remote worker should have.
Outdated technology isn’t just ineffectual; it’s also cost-prohibitive, counter-productive, and even poses security risks to your business. For a fully modernized digital work environment, it’s vital to have upgraded, next-generation computers and networks coupled with top-of-the-line apps and software programs. And for hybrid workers, laptops and other devices need to be updated or replaced for optimum performance.
Digital-Savvy Management Leaders
A digital workplace needs digital-savvy management to ensure effective operations and workflow. That’s why it’s important to hire leaders with computer training skills equal to or greater than those of their staff members. DoverSolutions offers advanced training courses for management as well as employees so that they can lead their teams more effectively.
IT Experts and Troubleshooters
Digital work environments need IT-trained staff that they can depend upon. Each employee should have a certain level of IT troubleshooting proficiency. In addition, it helps to have at least one or two employees in your company who can take on the role of troubleshooter in case of computer glitches or issues. Also, it’s crucial to have cybersecurity experts, either within the company or in outsourced positions, who can offer training in security and breach prevention and immediate help if breaches occur.
Staffing in a Post-Pandemic Business Community
When pandemic lockdowns began in 2020, the business community was hit hard. As businesses now reimagine their workplaces to meet post-pandemic changes, hiring staff with the right computer training and skills for today’s digital work environments and virtual workspaces is more important than ever.
COVID’s impact on the business community and continued global workplace digitization have inspired the founder and CEO of DoverSolutions, Sanquinetta Maria Dover, to implement enhanced training and staffing programs to accommodate today’s hybrid and digitized workplaces.
“In trying to position ourselves for the comeback, we were asking, how do we pivot to stay relevant? That’s why we’re working to provide more virtual training programs, so we can help people learn about these new and exciting careers offered in the hybrid virtual workplace.”
As a leading provider of career training and staffing for all kinds of businesses and government organizations, DoverSolutions is committed to training employees to meet the challenges of today’s hybrid and digital workplaces. In addition, Dover can train and upskill your existing staff so you can maximize your business goals.
Be sure to check out our next article, in which we discuss the benefits of obtaining certification for software applications like Microsoft Office, rather than just having a passing familiarity with these essential tools. And if you’re interested in taking your business to the next level with top-notch talent, contact DoverStaffing to find out how we can help you with all your staffing needs.