Opinion: Embracing collaboration and the human cloud in the connected workforce
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We now live in a digital age, and technology is rapidly progressing bringing with it new possibilities that didn’t exist before. Businesses need to be able to adapt and use these developments in order to gain a competitive edge and create a more modern, connected workforce.
If businesses aren’t able to adapt to and integrate with new technologies they will fail to move forward. Not only will businesses be stuck with old cumbersome ways of working but they will not be able to attract top talent from the millennial generation who have grown with and expect to be able to use the latest technology advances.
The development of technology
As technology advances it brings with it new and more efficient ways to live and work. Our work lives have shifted dramatically to be flatter in structure, more changeable, more collaborative and more global. An inevitable part of this evolution means that old technology, and the processes that were created for its use, can quickly become obsolete. We may not have achieved a paperless office yet but there are dramatic changes happening in our working lives.
Going back a few decades ago, fax machines were commonplace in the office. This was a great development at the time as it allowed people to share documents without posting them. Now with the ability to instantly email and attach scans, using a fax machine would be unnecessary and time consuming, not to mention archaic. Conversely not giving today’s modern workforce the technology to create a more flexible, connected and productive work environment leaves employees caught in older, slower ways of working. Or worse, it leaves them to find their own ways to file sync and share, which could contravene company policy.
In addition to slowing down the productivity of your workers, you may even put off the top talent by not innovating. The millennial generation has grown up immersed in IT and expect to behave as employees as they do as consumers; sharing, collaborating, accessing data from anywhere and using multiple devices and platforms. Adapting work culture to appeal to the millennial also ensures business remain agile and innovative, enabling them to compete more easily with start-ups who often function in this more contemporary way.
In the past decade alone we have seen a dramatic shift in how we work, with more people being able to work from home. Teams have become more collaborative and people expect to be able to share data across multiple platforms, work across multiple devices and access work data while on the go. Without the advances in mobile and cloud technologies working from home would not have being possible.
There are also organisations that encourage the new ‘working from anywhere’ concept which means staff that are no longer limited by the 9-5 style office hours. Furthermore, employees get the flexibility, if they need it, to work collaboratively away from the office.
The human cloud
Many businesses are also taking advantage of the so called, ‘human cloud’ which enables them to utilise talent from a vast pool of freelancers who can work on demand from multiple locations. This means companies can now effectively run 24/7 and employ people from across the world to work on tasks by sharing data across a cloud platform.
In order the leverage the benefits of a connected workforce businesses need to implement a file, sync and share platform that promotes safe and secure collaboration. If there is no strategy in place users will create their own methods, which often means storing confidential data on public cloud services. This leaves data vulnerable to hacks and accidental loss. With public cloud services businesses have no control over data locality or security, which means companies could also be breaching data regulations.
We now live in the connected age. Businesses need to offer employees the flexibility they require through enterprise file sync and share strategies. Using enterprise private cloud solutions will allow businesses to achieve a connected workforce by offering instant on demand access but with the security and privacy that only on premise solutions can deliver.
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