Smart working is an approach to organising work that aims to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness in achieving job outcomes through a combination of flexibility and collaboration. The aim of implementing smart working is to create a better balance based on greater flexibility and autonomy.
By giving workers the choice of space, working hours and the tools to be more efficient with work, there is an increased responsibility for motivation and results. The benefits of smart working can be evaluated and measured in various ways: benefits for companies such as improving productivity and reduced costs for the physical spaces. For workers it is an opportunity for an improved work-life balance
By embracing modern technologies staff are able to spend time away from the office whilst still interacting with a broad range of colleagues, while always being accessible.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group adopts the smart working policy at Virgin and has commented “Flexible working may not be for every industry, organisation, or person, but it has been smart for Virgin. While we’re still working out how to best measure its success, we’ve noticed a change for good in our people’s morale, and we’re sure the quantifiable benefits will prove to be substantial.”
There is a plethora of new models and tools which help workers interact, and help to create a new digital experience of management that exploits new trends such as mobile and social and this will allow greater involvement and satisfaction of workers in relation to the work context.
Virtual reality devices could be the next major computing platform to follow mobile. Virtual reality is about more than just gaming, Facebook recently acquired Oculus VR, a technology company revolutionising the way we experience video games. The emerging technology is breaking boundaries into immersive and amplified experiences that can easily be applied to workplace practices.
Businesses are already trying to make the tech relevant to business and it’s becoming apparent there’s a demand in a range of sectors Virtual reality software is now a viable option for getting important work accomplished and moving an organisation forward in the new technology era. Think virtual tours of a business environment, a 360-degree view of a product, or a more immersive way to train new employees. These types of deeper-than-reality initiatives are the way forward for most businesses looking to drive their employees.
In change of this smart working environment the HR department will see changes in the tools and environment for work which are set to continue changing rapidly in the coming years. These will include new and more immersive forms of co-operation and establish new working habits with 3D and graphic conferencing, new business social media applications, updated computing systems with more process work becoming automated and work becoming ever more mobile.
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