It’s no secret that the nature of office work has been permanently changed by the covid pandemic. WFH has been confirmed as a viable alternative to large, expensive in-person offices. Hybrid offices have evolved into a productive balance of part-time WFH and well-scheduled in-office work. And for workers and managers who rely on in-person collaboration, new office designs are making it safe to work together again.
Flexibility is the new standard for the post-covid office. And that flexibility includes a variety of technologies, with employers providing:
- High speed internet and home office furnishings, for the WFH work model;
- Collaboration and scheduling software to manage work time and location, for the hybrid workplace;
- Safety-conscious touchless technology controlling entry, lighting, and climate, for the fulltime in-person office.
Some of these technologies overlap workstyles. For example, both WFH tech and in-person office tech fit well in the hybrid office. But there is one technology that is common to every workplace model: document digitization.
Document digitization supports productivity in any workplace.
- In the in-person office, imaged documents save valuable space, letting managers convert document storage space into additional room for safely-spaced workstations.
- In the WFH office, imaged documents can be accessed from anywhere, keeping productivity high even when physical documents aren’t accessible.
- In the hybrid workplace, imaged documents support collaboration whether in person or remotely.
As employers seek to fill post-pandemic jobs, workers have a new-found leverage to state their preference for WFH, hybrid, or fulltime office work. The Harvard Business Review states that today’s recruiting challenges won’t be solved by the solutions of the past. Adjusting salaries to the cost of living, recruiting overlooked talent like older workers, and setting up satellite offices to reduce commutes all make it easier to recruit and retain top talent.
But for employees and employers to be successful, the workplace technology should be matched to the preferred workplace model. And for all workplace models, document digitization technology is a productive match.
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