A new global study from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has found that presently, just over one in five (23%) companies provide customised, mobile applications for the workplace.
Just over two in five (43%) say cloud applications and storage are provided at their workplace, but a much greater 69% say they have invested in digital technology in the past year.
Titled Digital Revolutionaries Unlock the Potential of the Digital Workplace, 7,000 employees across 15 countries were surveyed, including Singapore, Japan, Australia, India, China and South Korea.
Among the other key themes of the report were:
- Those who work in fully-enabled digital workplaces (i.e. Digital Revolutionaries) were 51% more likely to have strong job satisfaction, and 43% more likely to be positive about their work-life balance than Digital Laggards – those who have less access to workplace technology.
- With a digital workplace, 72% of Revolutionaries reported a higher ability to adopt new work skills as compared to 58% of Laggards.
- While automation can be perceived as a threat to job security, despite that 71% of respondents said they would welcome a fully automated workplace in the next 5-10 years.
- Interest is growing in a new generation of technologies including smart building tools that automate temperature controls and lighting (14%), voice-activated and wireless AV technology (16%), and custom corporate mobile apps (11%).
- A quarter (25%) of employees have connected to potentially unsafe open Wi-Fi in the past twelve months, 20% said they use the same password across multiple applications and accounts, and 17% admitted to writing down passwords in order to remember them.
The report provides a handy checklist for organisations looking to up their digital-workplace game:
Joseph White, director of workplace strategy, design and management, Herman Miller, commented: “No matter the industry, we’re seeing a move toward human-centric places as enterprises strive to meet rapidly changing expectations of how people want to work.”
Francisco Acoba, managing director for Deloitte strategy and operations, added: “Regardless of your enterprise’s specific situation, when spaces become active participants in the user experience it benefits the bottom line. After all, workers who feel comfortable in a space get their tasks done.”
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