The remote vs. office debate is over. Today, hybrid working is almost a done deal. But it would be impossible without the 'digital workplace' - the unsung hero of hybrid working.
Slack, Google Workspace and Microsoft Outlook have collectively become your digital workplace. It is where employees connect, communicate and get work done, wherever they are physically located and whenever they work.
Yet despite their importance to almost every part of modern working lives, companies have not given enough attention to these critical systems. It’s time to start.
Here are 4 key areas that leaders must pay more attention to:
1. Meeting productivity
According to the Microsoft Work Trends report released in Spring 2022, the number of meetings per week had increased by 153% globally for the average Microsoft Teams user since the start of the pandemic.
And there is no indication that this trend has been reversed – rather, that this peak in meetings could become a new reality for digital working.
On top of an already high meeting load, overlapping meetings increased by 46% per person in the past year. And users are increasingly flooded with meeting invites.
This is a problem. 71% of employees feel like they waste time on unnecessary or cancelled meetings. According to Booqed, for every single one of your employees, a whole day every month is lost to unproductive meetings. And there’s a huge monetary cost to this.