As we look ahead to 2023, it’s clear that the workplace is undergoing a profound transformation. The future of work is being shaped by a range of technological, social, and economic factors, and it’s essential for organizations to stay ahead of the curve. The modern workplace is evolving rapidly, and those who don’t adapt risk being left behind.
In this blog, we’ll explore some of the biggest trends shaping the future of work, and how businesses can embrace these changes to create a modern, innovative, and productive workplace.
Mobilizing the Modern Workplace
The modern workplace has been transformed by technology and cloud computing, leading to the rise of hybrid and remote work. According to Bitkom Research, there were a total of 137,000 IT positions waiting to be filled in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend, with organizations quickly adapting to a distributed workforce. The benefits of remote and hybrid work include greater flexibility and work-life balance for employees, a wider pool of talent, and reduced business overhead costs. The mobile modern workplace is supported by various technologies, including virtual machines, hyperconvergence, virtual customer relationship management, sales force automation, agile development, remote merchant processing, and web 2.0, which streamline business processes and provide a more versatile and portable way of doing business.
Job vacancies and new hires do not just cost money. They also harbor significant risks and can lead to potential going to waste. Ultimately, IT experts play a central role in product and service innovations and in the realization of modern, secure workplaces. In many areas, they make a key contribution toward sorely needed digitalization and are ever more critical for the success of the company.
But how can companies solve the problem? Interesting tasks are an important component that encourage IT specialists to commit to the company.
When combing the market for IT experts to employ proves difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, it is all the more crucial to retain in-house staff for the company. In addition to the salary, the technologies in use, and the culture of the company, an interesting range of functions can be an important factor for many people. They are stimulated by the prospect of driving innovation projects and realizing modern working environments. Many job profiles focus on these aspects.
However, the reality is often markedly different: Increasing security requirements, ever-larger fleets of devices, opportunities for remote working, and rising levels of solution complexity make maintaining smooth operations an ever more arduous task. There are many recurring activities that are less attractive, but of essential importance.
EBF Files, EBF Contacts, and EBF Print are essential tools for mobilizing today’s remote and modern workplace. These apps provide secure access to critical company files, contacts, and printing capabilities, streamlining business processes, and supporting the needs of the modern workforce. These solutions truly make a real difference in the digital workplace, and we are proud to offer them to our customers.
AI is rapidly transforming the way we work. It’s making it easier to automate routine tasks, freeing up time for employees to focus on more strategic, creative, and value-adding activities. AI can also help businesses to improve decision-making and increase efficiency. However, it’s important to use AI ethically and transparently, and to ensure that employees are trained in how to use it effectively.
What to do?
Give your employees the option to choose
More than simply choosing where they want to work, employees also want to be able to select their device: a Mac or a Windows PC, an iPhone or an Android smartphone. Using devices that they have chosen increases satisfaction and helps them work more productively.
AI Models such as ChatGPT can play a critical role in supporting modern businesses. As a powerful artificial intelligence language model, ChatGPT can provide businesses with instant access to information, automate repetitive tasks, and even enhance the overall customer experience. We are happy to show you how to make this a success. With our Managed Services, you can master this complexity on a long-term basis.
Collaborative workspaces are becoming increasingly popular, as businesses look for ways to create a more collaborative and productive environment. The latest workspace tech trends, such as virtual and augmented reality, are helping to create immersive and interactive environments that allow employees to work together more effectively. Do users experience login issues? Can they find any file, from anywhere? Can they recognize when colleagues are calling on the mobile device, without manually maintaining your contacts?
Microsoft Teams is a top-notch collaboration tool for businesses. Our team can integrate it smoothly into your current workflow, enabling effective communication and collaboration for a more productive and connected workforce. Microsoft Teams supports the latest workspace trends, enhancing collaboration and streamlining processes.
Employees might not always be personally available to take calls, whether it be after work hours, on the weekends, when on vacation, or during meetings. Due to the rise of remote or hybrid workplaces, front desk or receptionists may no longer be able to assist with answering calls and project professionalism. By avoiding the monotony of a robotic voice or a dial tone, a professional recording guarantees that your brand is established, and credibility is built with consumers and partners. The caller experience can be improved by using a professional voicemail recording service, which offers high-quality audio and professional voice actors.
What to do?
Hiprocall's Branded Voicemail service allows companies to create a consistent and professional image by customizing their voicemail greeting with their company's logo, tagline, and brand messaging.
This can enhance the company’s brand identity, project a more polished image, and leave a lasting impression on clients and customers.
However, this question deserves more measured deliberation. Let us assist you as you find your way through the extensive Microsoft portfolio. Seek advice about how well Microsoft Intune could meet your requirements, what you need to take into account to ensure that you don’t miss out on any functions, and how to ensure migration is a success. In addition to our many years of experience, we also offer the EBF Onboarder tool, which significantly simplifies the UEM system switch and starts saving you money during the changeover process.
Achieving Greater Resilience with Holistic Visibility
A resilient IT team is crucial to any company’s success. Companies should invest in technologies that expand their visibility and allow for emerging issues to be solved before they become significant problems.
Holistic visibility is essential for companies with hybrid and remote workers and can build greater resilience against security threats, short-staffing, and supply chain disruptions. It can also pave the way for greater IT sustainability. Using technologies to their full potential
With Zimperium, organizations can gain holistic visibility into the security of their mobile devices and take proactive measures to address potential threats before they become significant problems. Zimperium provides real-time, both on and offline, on-device protection against mobile threats, allowing for holistic visibility into device security. Their AI-powered engine ensures up-to-date protection and quick response to security incidents. Zimperium helps companies achieve greater resilience against security threats and IT sustainability.
Shifting focus to the sustainability topic
At EBF, we understand the importance of staying at the forefront of the modern workplace. That is why we are committed to providing innovative solutions that help businesses to embrace the future of work. However, that is just one side of the coin: The high, and rising, energy consumption of server centers results from the realization of digital processes. Combined with fast innovation cycles for hardware, consuming resources during production, this represents a problem for our environment.
EBF is dedicated to helping our clients create a modern and productive workplace that supports their business goals. As the world of work continues to evolve, it’s essential for businesses to be flexible, innovative, and adaptive. The trends outlined in this blog are just the beginning, and it’s up to companies to embrace these changes and create a workplace that’s fit for the future.
2023 will be a challenging year for companies and IT departments in many respects. We are happy to help you meet these challenges.