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Dion Hinchcliffe: Digital Workspaces and the Future of Work

Renowned digital guru shares 2024 trends shaping the Future of Work.

Dion Hinchcliffe is a renowned digital transformation guru, with a particular expertise in the virtual working trend.

On his blog he describes 2024 trends shaping the Future of Work.

“The accelerated adoption of AI, machine learning, and data analytics will continue to automate tasks of every kind, giving employees the liberty to engage in more strategic and creative endeavors.

On the other hand, the continued commitment to employee happiness (typically viewed through the lens of retention activities), coupled with the rapid expansion of remote and still largely-unproven hybrid work models, will ultimately cultivate a more inclusive and flexible work environment, even though we largely aren’t there yet.”

Also highlighting Microsoft research he shares a number of key insights and observations into how people are adapting to this new world of work, and the challenges they face in doing so:

  • 64% struggle with time/energy for work.
  • 3x more Microsoft Teams meetings since 2020.
  • 57% of time is spent communicating, 43% of time is spent creating. Net result: 68% say they don’t have enough focus time to work properly.
  • 70% want to delegate more to #AI.

MIT Sloan explores these challenges in detail, following interviews with global enterprise organizations like AXA and Shell, to chronicle how hybrid working is straining their efforts to build cultural cohesion, and what they are doing to address those challenges.

Digital Workspaces

A technology Dion believes is critical to enabling successful virtual working is ‘Digital Workspaces‘, which he believes they are essential to building the modern digital workplace and employee experience:

“The place where employees carry out their work online, often referred to as digital workspaces, represent an evolution that’s gone from simple company portals—which provide access to productivity tools, human resources, financial information—to a central hub for the essential aspects of employee engagement. Digital workspaces enable people to connect with the colleagues, content and business applications they need in order to get their jobs done.”

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