Work is No Longer a Place...
Product Marketing Executive
…it’s about making things happen wherever you are.
It was this quote from Microsoft’s Future Decoded 2015 event this week that stuck with me above all the mentions of shiny new Surfaces and futuristic Hololenses (as admittedly impressive as they are). Not only does it reflect the physical changes in the way we work, moving further away from the traditional fixed office environment, it also speaks to a complete shift in mind-set – for the better.
On average in the UK, only 17% of the workforce is engaged in what they do. I don’t know about you, but that figure seems shockingly low but unfortunately believable at the same time. Let’s be honest, very few of us experience joy at the thought of ‘going to work’, the phrase itself is as soul-sapping as it’s antiquated, but we all strive to make things happen – it’s what drives us in our day-to-day lives and can give us a true buzz and sense of achievement when we do. The question is, how can this mind-set be spread out across the other 83% of the working population to raise engagement?
Microsoft is heavily pushing employee productivity and engagement through digital transformation. Or to put it simply; giving people the tools to work how, when and where they like. What better way to start making things happen? We’ve all seen reams of content on the pros and cons of BYOD, mobile working, cloud migration and other related concepts, but the reality is they all have the same goal in mind – happiness in the workplace. From this stems engagement and from this stems productivity – technology is now an integral part of the human condition at work.
Microsoft has really upped its game in the last year or so, with their singular connected vision around Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure finally starting to take shape. It’s a strategy that provides the technological infrastructure to underpin the opportunity to be happier in our work. The resulting flexibility fosters a very powerful and positive outlook so the sooner we all start making things happen wherever we are, the more we can leave ‘just going to work’ behind us.