The impact technology is having on today's workforce

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The impact technology is having on today’s workforce

The workforce of today is a world away from what it used to be. Technology and millennials have transformed the office and company culture.

It’s not surprising, then, that technology plays such a key role in attracting and retaining top talent. Millennial employees expect the latest digital tools and services and will look elsewhere if a company does not provide the digital environment they expect.

InformationWeek notes that Chief Information Officers and Chief Talent Officers need to work together to ensure workforces are provided with the necessary technology, and partner with HR to make sure the company is prepared for the new workforce dynamic.

But how else is technology changing today’s office? InformationWeek investigated…

Changing the face of the C-suite

Technology is no longer just for the IT department. It is now used in every aspect of modern business and therefore, this shift must also be addressed in the C-suite.

To ensure technology is being used in the most beneficial way, CIOs must be included in all discussions surrounding the company’s overall strategy as technology’s impact grows.

As well as looking at technology and its wider use across the company, CIOs must also understand how employees use technology and whether the current solutions are enabling them to work efficiently and collaborate. Identifying key areas that need upgrading will help spread the budget to where it is needed, instead of simply investing in new tech for the sake of it.

This greater understanding and better use of technology could then be harnessed by Chief Talent Officers and HR in their retention and recruitment efforts.

BYOD progression

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend began when organisations started to allow employees to use their own laptops and smartphones at work. While this meant companies were able to offer more flexibility in the devices employees used, security issues began to arise.

As a result, companies have started to turn their attention to hybrid models. These give employees more options in customising their devices whilst making it easier for businesses to monitor and measure devices, resulting in more advanced security measures and lower business costs.

Adopting a new mindset to security

It’s true that there will always be a certain level of risk associated with implementing new technology, but businesses shouldn’t let this put them off introducing new systems that could satisfy employee needs.

In today’s digital environment, no one can afford to think that they won’t experience a breach. By adopting a new security mindset, IT teams can proactively work on ways to mitigate breaches, implementing the necessary security policies and protocols upfront in order to manage and be prepared for any risks.

3 Step IT comment

This article clearly supports the need for businesses to adopt the latest technologies in order to remain competitive and productive.

We’re obsessive that businesses need an IT refresh plan that enables them to be agile and adopt the latest technologies in a simple, secure and sustainable way. The best way to do this is to consider the life cycle of IT and how you can improve each stage:

1. Acquisition of IT
2. Management of that IT
3. Replacement of IT

When IT life cycle management is done right, it allows businesses to manage all 3 stages efficiently and cost effectively.

We will focus on 2 areas, which demands your attention:

Productivity

By using tools from an IT life cycle toolkit, such as device health insights. You can monitor your entire IT estate to understand how each device is performing and address poor performing devices before they start impacting on employee productivity (think hardware crashes, software crashes, boot up times; all things that negatively impact the employees ability to perform).

Using the insights, you can take a data led approach to defining the right refresh cycle for your business.

Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) – choice, security, efficiency

The article touched upon BYOD and how businesses are now considering hybrid models. But, we believe any form of BYOD is simply not as good as implementing a CYOD solution.

CYOD not only allows you to give employees the freedom to choose their own device, which it has been reported improves productivity. It’s a powerful way to attract and retain the best talent. And it also allows you to retain 100% control of your IT estate and therefore security.

Once you have defined your refresh plan and the range of devices you want to offer, you can use an IT life cycle toolkit to automate the entire process. At 3 Step IT we can support you to implement CYOD in your business. Discover how why our CYOD solution provides a better way to refresh technology

3 Step IT offer the best tools to manage the life cycle of your IT assets. Over 1.9m IT assets are managed by businesses through our platform; it starts by acquiring IT assets through finance, managing those assets in life through our portal and disposing of those assets in a secure way

Get in touch and speak with one of our IT life cycle management experts.

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