Learn the definition for "the modern workplace." What sets the modern workplace apart from the past? Is it the tools you work with, or the way you work, or both?
- I think the first thing we need is a definition. What is the modern workplace? What sets it apart from the past? Is it the tools we work with, or the way we work, or both? My personal opinion is that the modern workplace is defined by the tools, the methods, and when and where we work. When I talk about tools, I'm talking about an assortment of software and hardware. To me, it's not just collaborative platforms, like O365 or Slack, it's also the video conference enabled rooms, the digital whiteboards.
By extension, the wide range of mobile and remote access opportunities. Methods to me means the business frameworks we use to organize and direct work. Things like applying agile methodologies to a broader range of business activities, or the move away from distinct development and operations to a mixed DevOps environment are examples for this. When and where we work is something else that's changing rapidly. I'm not just talking about working remotely, although that's certainly a part of it.
I'm also talking about changes in physical working areas to open space plans or mixed spaces. I'm also thinking about the move from structured business hours to almost a always available approach that lets people work when it's best for them. So modern workplace is a pretty content rich term, right? As we go through the course, I'll dive into these topics more deeply and discuss how they might play out in the real world. I won't go too detailed into individual technologies, although I will talk about the general terms and tell you where to go for more information.
My goal is to give you enough of an overview that you'll have a good grounding if you wanna pursue a specific topic in greater depth. I'll also be giving you my biased opinions on things. Although I'll let you know when I'm editorializing. Not everyone will agree with all my opinions, either, but with years of experience under my belt, I think I have some credibility and at the very least, I'll perhaps give you an alternate viewpoint to consider.
With all that as a preface, are you ready to get started? Okay then, let's do it.
- Identify the benefits of modern file collaboration tools.
- Describe the different approaches to setting up team spaces.
- Explain the technical requirements for a collaborative workplace.
- Outline success factors in migrating to a collaborative workplace.
- Illustrate how modern technology supports collaboration.
- Define business collaboration.