The remote, work-from-home (WFH) or blended workplace could be the enduring legacy of the COVID 19 pandemic, according to a new report by the Dubai Future Foundation - DFF
The report is based on a DFF case study that chronicles the organisation’s own lockdown experience which tested its “agility, resilience and readiness for the future.” It addresses key questions of employers and employees about the viability of remote working and the efficacy of conference calls over physical meetings and predicts that new organisational regulations may have to come into place to manage the workplace of the future.
In line with its mission of “collectively imagining, inspiring, and designing Dubai’s future,” DFF pioneered multiple efforts, policies, and technology solutions to continue business operations remotely, and the outcome, it says, showed the new working normal proved more agile and efficient than pre-COVID operations.
The report ‘Organizational Agility and The New Normal of Workspaces’ outlines a five-ingredient recipe for success in a remote work setting:
- Agile organization & empowered workforce
- Clearly defined goals & milestones
- Mental and physical employee well-being
- Encouragement & emotional support
- Investment in the correct technology infrastructure
DFF’s technology investment included providing laptops for all employees and tablets for some as well as secure access to resources via cloud-based remote access solutions with a single ID sign-in and profile management. Technology solutions to facilitate internal and external voice calls and video conferences through laptops, tablets, and smartphones were enabled as well as solutions for data and document sharing and storage. Also enabled were cloud-based planning and project progress tracking tools and an online platform to submit ideas, concepts, and proposals. Dubai Future Councils, says the report, may reap the benefits of remote-working and leverage videoconferencing tools to meet more often than before while the Dubai Future Academy may now consider a shift towards online education seeing it as delivering the ability to reach out to a broader audience in a more efficient manner.
Are you new normal ready?
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With Microsoft Teams you can:
- Create a shared virtual workspace where you can chat, meet, share files, and work with business apps. It’s easy to open files and work on them together in real-time.
- Set up virtual task lists
- Track progress
- Use video to stay in touch with anyone inside or outside your organisation, from one-to-one catch-ups or meetings of up to 10,000.
- Record meetings so those that couldn’t dial in can easily catch up on the discussion later.
- Get automatic transcription and translation.
- Replay the meeting and search for terms so listeners can go straight to the issues relevant to them
- Allow people to dial in by phone or dial them in if they don’t have Teams or have Internet access difficulties.
- Easily share content, including links, via the integrated chat, and save it for later reference.
- Brainstorm with the digital whiteboard so everyone can progress innovation.
- Halt email overload reducing staff time and the risk of cybercrime exposure.
- Pull together communication around specific topics
- Maintain history and context around a project
- Ensure full team accessibility to relevant documents
- Open files and work on them with teammates in real-time.
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