What Makes a Workplace Future-Ready?

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As technology continues to advance, the way we live our daily lives are being changed, and proof of this is how a workplace can become a non-physical environment. These days, it’s possible to efficiently operate a company without the employees required to report to a physical office or work in front of office desks. Nowadays, offices are becoming more diverse and smarter with differing needs and challenges.

What Makes a Workplace Future-Ready?
What Makes a Workplace Future-Ready?

With this, the must-haves of a digital- and tech-savvy employee becomes even more minimalist -- with spaces where collaboration and meeting are easily done through easy conferencing hook-ups and instant plug-and-go screen sharing. According to Fujitsu Philippines Head or Wireless Business Unit Randy Escuyos, this somehow modifies the job of IT departments.

“Now, the IT departments’ job is more about enabling interoperability between diverse technologies to ensure professionals can remain productive and able to collaborate wherever they are,” Escuyos said.

Escuyos shared that this is what’s called a Smart Workplace or a virtual workspace that enables the connection of networked platforms, software, IoT technologies, and sensors.

“Smart Workplace is becoming a new norm since it serves as a central piece in today’s workplace strategy,” Escuyos added.

Escuyos also emphasized that the current megatrends play a significant factor in how people live and work. In the Digital 2020 report of We Are Social, Inc., and Hootsuite, the Internet has grown to 4.54 billion, recording a seven percent increase to the figures of January 2019. The same report also revealed that globally, more than 5.19 billion people now use mobile phones -- that’s 124 million greater than the records of the previous years.

“As these megatrends continue to create massive disruptions, they also bring challenges. With the rise of cloud computing, Augmented Reality (AR), and Hyper-Connectivity, among others, organizations are concerned about security threats,” the executive added.

In a study spearheaded by Fujitsu entitled Workplace 2025: The COX review, it was revealed that executives are now looking to address the gap between the current work environment and the factors that will make their enterprises ready for the demands of the future.

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The highlights of the study include a realization that a relatively important percentage of the workforce will be millennials, or those who are born between the 1980s and the 2000s, and the Gen-Z, or those who are born between 2000 to 2009.

“With the change in workforce demographics, organizations are also pushed to recalibrate their approach to become more attractive employers. Workforce structures will become more fluid in terms of layers of management and flexible working practices as organizations adopt more project-based than role-based work. By 2025, one-third of organizations will also have more than 50% of their staff working remotely,” Escuyos said.

Considered as the so-called digital natives, millennials and the Gen-Z will ignite an evident change in the workplace, including flexible working conditions, fast access to information, and a workplace that allows innovation and collaboration.

The study also reiterated how evolving workstyles will result in the disappearance of a traditional office setup, as more and more organizations are slowly embracing the culture of remote working.

Escuyos also emphasized the importance of proper business solutions, tools, and devices for a smart workplace to efficiently run.

 ”Whether they are on the go, in the office, at home or with a client, employees need a secure infrastructure and data centers backing them up. This setup is crucial for all businesses, from big enterprises to public sector organizations,” he said.
“The workplaces of the future are about smart work and secure collaboration. It also emphasizes the importance of giving people the power to work together from anywhere while staying protected,” he added.

As one of the main players in the industry it’s in, Fujitsu continues to aid organizations through various innovative solutions including its end-to-end Smart Workplace solutions.

“With our client computing devices, solutions, and workplace services, we can help them get the flexibility and security that employees are looking for, enabling them to get more tasks done quickly while getting the competitive edge that they need,” Escuyos said.

To learn more about Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., visit the website at www.fujitsu.com/ph.

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