Discover five workspace technology tech trends that can support businesses both daily and in the long term.
Organizations in every sector have seen unexpected shifts within their workspaces. From the persistence in hybrid and remote models to the impacts of “The Great Resignation,” the common workspace is no longer paired with the image of an office cubicle. In fact, 74% of U.S. companies are using or planning to implement a permanent hybrid work model. But these workspace changes don’t stop at the home office.
Successful companies are adopting new B2B applications and software dedicated to streamlining communications, improving cybersecurity, and optimizing the employees’ digital experience. This tech aims to help teams meet their business goals by honing in on the nuances of every challenge. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there is an exciting number of innovative applications at our fingertips. Executives need to research and identify workspace technologies that can support their businesses daily and in the long term.
Workspaces in 2023 will be more diverse and engaging than ever thanks to the latest developments in workspace technology. Here are five workspace tech trends to watch and implement into your company operations in 2023.
Trend #1: Achieving Greater Resilience with Holistic Visibility
A resilient IT team is crucial to any company’s success. But these employees must be able to see across their organization’s entire IT environment to eliminate disruptions caused by technology challenges. Companies should invest in technologies that expand their visibility and allow for emerging issues to be solved before they become significant problems. Digital employee experience platforms like Lakeside Software capture and analyze the industry’s deepest end-user experience data to empower IT teams to address their company’s most urgent challenges.
Holistic visibility is essential for companies with hybrid and remote workers. Lakeside’s platform can measure, analyze, and optimize employees’ digital experiences no matter where they work. This flexible tech can build greater resilience against security threats, short-staffing, and supply chain disruptions. It can also pave the way for greater IT sustainability.
Trend #2: An Emphasis on Engaging Hybrid and Remote Workers
Many employees in the global workforce have embraced new workplace scenarios, creating offices from their living rooms and traveling to traditional office buildings on an as-needed basis. The lack of a clear workspace provides much-desired flexibility but can make it challenging for remote workers to stay abreast of critical information and engage with colleagues.
According to the Harvard Business Review, 75% of employees feel more socially isolated, 57% are more anxious, and 53% say they feel more emotionally exhausted since the pandemic outbreak. This is why platforms like Appspace are working hard to unify workplaces and keep all employees connected—regardless of where they work. Appspace is a single platform combining a modern intranet (powered by Beezy), space reservation, digital signage, an employee app, and more.
Workplace experience platforms eliminate the need for siloed products that are costly and time-consuming to integrate. Investments in employee engagement tech will streamline communication and unite your employees for the common good.
Trend #3: Training Tools Used As Opportunities for Upward Mobility
If you’re in the business sector, you are well aware of the three Ds: disruptive technology, distributed learning, and digital transformation. For workspace tech in 2023 to be transformative, companies must also use this concept in the employee training stages. I foresee more organizations focusing on employee retention by using AI tools that allow employees to upskill and grow in their careers.
For example, a learning management system (LMS) offers employers a structured, measurable way to learn new skills. Solutions like a cloud-based LMS can help companies integrate a robust and easy-to-adopt tool. Integrating with other workplace apps such as Microsoft Teams and Salesforce allows an LMS’s features to be accessible and personalized to fit your organization’s needs. As a bonus, implementing an LMS can not only improve employee training and upskilling but even partner, sales, and customer training.
Trend #4: VR and Mixed Augmented Reality
VR and Mixed Augmented Reality (MAR) are terms that don’t often coincide with business operations—until now. But as AI has become increasingly present across business sectors—and our personal lives—it’s easy to see the influence that AI, like VR and MAR, can have on a business’s infrastructure.
Arturo Garcia, the CEO and founder of DNAMIC, shares his insights into this 2023 trend:
“When executives start using these tools for day-to-day work activities, these machines will have access to a whole different level of our human thinking and interactions. More importantly, they will be able to develop a profound understanding of our problem-solving skills.”
Though AI may not solve all of our problems yet, business leaders can leverage its power to replace manual processes, freeing up employees’ time for uniquely creative, human tasks. The result would be increased productivity, engagement, and ROIs.
Trend #5: All Workspace Tech Needs Are Serviced by 1 Provider
Service consolidation continues to rise as a critical workspace tech trend of 2023. To keep their company running smoothly and safe from cyber attacks, executives must shift to a trusted partner that can manage multiple vendors and deliver a solution to them as one vendor. One company focusing on this shift is Calian IT and Cyber Solutions, a leading provider of managed IT and cybersecurity services for enterprises across the globe. To eliminate silos, they offer diverse clients a wide range of cybersecurity services. These offerings can easily integrate into any company’s workflow. And getting all your tech needs in one place means that your servicer always has access to the data and information they need to create the best solution (and protection) for your company.
Rather than being afraid of adopting new technologies, it’s time to embrace it. I encourage companies in all sectors to analyze their challenges and find the workspace tech that supports their infrastructure in the new year. The more we adapt to innovations, the more progress we will make in fulfilling our goals.
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