February 6, 2018

Evolving with the Modern Digital Workplace: Driving productivity and growth


In case you missed it – the Modern Digital Workplace is here and it’s here to stay.

Or better yet, it’s here to evolve. If you want to continue to be a leader in your space, or breakthrough a new level of growth, you need to know what that means for your business. There is no doubt about how fast technology is moving forward, but what we often don’t take the time to consider is the impact this has on the people that steer your organization. How will it help them and what obstacles could it create?


The way we communicate has changed – with technology today we are able to reach more people at a faster rate. Chat has replaced email; smart phones have replaced pagers and information is demanded in digestible format due to waning attention spans. The same holds true for employee training. According to Bersin by Deloitte “most learners won’t watch videos longer than 4 minutes,” let alone sit in a room and follow a slide-deck on Compliance training for two hours. If you want the modern learner to not only listen but apply and engage in learning, you need to be able to provide a variety of content and combine it with a social aspect. Integrate your learning platform directly into your employees’ social platform to make it easy for your learners to collaborate and share during the learning process. Ultimately, the way your people learn will define what your digital workplace looks like.

Productivity & Efficiency

Along with the Modern Digital Workplace we are seeing a movement towards more seamless connections and more integrated experiences, which are, of course, all accessible from multiple devices. Being productive no longer equates to the amount of time spent in the office. In fact, remote workplaces and the employee-on-the-go now form a very real part of most organization’s environments. The Modern Digital Workplace allows its employees to be productive no matter where they are; in the office, travelling or from the comfort of their home. Your training also needs to be on the same track to keep up! In a world where “Google” has become a verb and information is available at the snap of a finger it is crucial that your employees have easy access to training. Offer access from any device to the training they need whenever they need it and make it fit their schedule as they pause and resume their training simply with the click of a button or the tap of a finger.

Cloud Capability

The future is definitely cloudy – cloud computing kicked into gear in 2007 and since then has spread to encompass end-to-end business operations and streamline organizational processes. Implementing a learning platform that’s built in cloud is no longer a nice-to-have – it’s a need to have. Not only is Office 365 the most widely deployed enterprise software app since 2015, but users are accessing it far more often than any other app, with its number of monthly active users growing 92% last year. Furthermore, Microsoft’s s new chat-based collaboration tool Teams continues to advance allowing rapid and seamless integration of both Microsoft applications and third-party apps like LMS365. Building the Modern Digital Workplace that’s best for you is now easier than ever.

Despite all this talk of technology and transformation, it is pertinent to keep in mind that at the end of the day, the Modern Digital Workplace is about people. By investing in your employees’ learning and development you are emphasizing their importance and the value they bring to the organization. As a manager or trainer your goal is to empower your people and create an environment of growth. This is where a full-fledged Learning Management System (LMS) can help to navigate changes in technology and enable growth in the Modern Digital Workplace, by combining the power of the people with the power of technology.