Workshifting Remote Work

What if you could make a single decision that has multiple compounding benefits and impacts and immediately moves your company into a strategic outlier position best positioned for achieving your business outcomes?

The solution: enabling your employees with the capabilities to integrate and harmonize both work and life into their day by working wherever and whenever.

Long View recently attended WORKshift’s 8-hour crash course in Calgary on future-proofing your organization. We left there feeling like there is a clear path to the workforce of the future; we hope you left feeling the same (if you attended). It’s a journey that we have embraced internally and we would love to help our clients realize a brighter future for their workforce and for generations to follow.

Top 10 from Calgary’s WORKshift Seminar

1.       Workforce of the Future, Workshifting, Flexible Workstyles…whatever you call it, it’s here

This is not a fad, this is not a craze, it’s absolutely happening all around us. This “workforce of the future” phenomenon has been with us for years, it’s simply time to embrace it, accept it and formalize it into your business plan. As stated by WORKshift, “traditional work hours are not always the most productive and your desk is not always the best place to be.” Flexible work styles and hours, and the use of technology to support this, leads to higher employee engagement.


2.       There are many benefits of flexible workstyles

An engaged employee will participate and contribute more, feel more empowered, recommend your organization to friends, and connect and collaborate with the team. Flexible work styles will help you attract the best people and retain them. From a business lens you will also increase the quality of work and productivity, reduce real estate costs, reduce overall costs per employee, and you’ll be contributing to your communities green initiatives. Belong to the 13% of companies that will still exist in 10 years!


3.        Workshifting is not to be confused with “working from home”

Working from home may be one option, but it is not the only one. Workshifting is about working from anywhere on any device at any time. This means working from the local coffee shop, co-working space, while traveling, from home, the train, etc.


4.       Work/life harmony and work/life integration is the new norm

The lines are officially blurred. Work and life have united and we are all going to be just fine. Don’t ignore it, accept it. Embrace the fact that your employees can be more productive, empowered and engaged when you allow them to manage their own work times and select their preferred work spaces and work styles. How can you help to instill harmony and integration between work and life for your employees?


5.       This is what other CIOs are thinking about – are you one of them?

CIOs are transforming from tactical objectives to strategic objectives and the #1 focus is flexible work – are you one of those CIOs /companies that are focused on this topic? The business value of flexible work includes employee engagement, productivity and to attract and retain talent.


6.       This is not your typical IT project. You need HR, RE and IT at the table

Don’t be fooled, this workforce of the future is not only about technology. This is about a different way of working, a different culture, a different attitude. For ultimate success, you need three key people at the table and integration of these three roles: Human Resources (HR), Facilities/ Real Estate (RE) and Information Technology (IT). If you are missing any one of these lines of business, your integration to workforce of the future won’t be complete. These three lines of business are critical to the success of your new workstyle.


7.       Work priorities are shifting.

Mobile/wireless, collaboration tools, cloud applications and remote access are all identified as work priorities. Are these on your list of priorities? WORKshift asked what areas of transformation of work will be a priority? 56% said Collaboration Tools, 54% said Cloud Applications, 51% said Mobility and Wireless, 33% said VPN (Remote Access)


8.       CIOs are focused on many things – what are you focused on?

From security to software defined networks. CIOs are focused on varying priorities – here is a snapshot of what they are focusing on in the next 12 months:

CIOs 12 Month Priorities

9.       Collaboration will save you money

Collaboration is not about communication, it comes from the root of the word labor. When you add “co” to the word, collaboration is about getting things done together. Based on 3,000 companies surveyed, an average of 22/100 on the collaboration scale was reported, where 0 is not collaborative and 100 is extremely collaborative. Based on that information, how do we create a strategy to collaborate more? WORKshift shared an example of when organizations were able to see an average of 34% savings through collaboration. These companies transitioned from Microsoft Office (on device), Exchange, typical mobility plan and wired desk phone over to a smartphone with additional data and Office 365 (in the cloud).


10.   This is all good, but how do you get there?

Here are 5 best practices of how to achieve your workforce of the future:  1) have a strategy, 2) make remote feel local, 3) instill a walk up and use mentality, 4) make it easy to administer, 5) recognize different spaces.

Perhaps you would like to start with a Workforce of the Future Assessment Workshop with Long View? A structured and proven agenda, a facilitated workshop that helps you prioritize your initiatives with a solid action plan to execute on so you can start delivering on some of your initiatives – that’s the way to go. This approach ensures you are connecting the employer/employee experience and delivering business outcomes every time.


Empowering your workforce of the future – it’s about transformation

Many organizations understand the importance of enabling a mobile workforce and the benefits of increased productivity that will result; however, most organizations are stuck on HOW to get there. This goes beyond procuring mobile phones and laptops. To recognize all of the benefits, you must consider unified communications, mobility, cloud, service desk, IT operational support, organizational change management, acceptance management, project management, business analysis, and transformation services. This is a program with risks and worse, low user adoption if not done right. Technology alone will not get you there. It is a journey that needs to be strategically planned and tactically executed.

For Long View, the mission is simple: We offer personalized experience, intelligent infrastructure, and connection from anywhere. The one thing we know for sure is that the workplace has already changed, employees are looking for a different way of doing the same things, and it is going to keep evolving in a drastic way. Are you ready for the journey?