By Stefanie McCann, Editor, Connected Futures
Markets are transforming. Industries are changing. And companies are chasing that next big transition. All this disruption, fueled by digital, means new leadership styles and how we work are quickly emerging.
“Leaders used to manage by walking around the office when the preponderance of employees operated in a single office,” cites Peter High, president, Metis Strategy.
That management style just doesn’t cut it in today’s environment. Now, your employees, vendors, partners, and even leadership teams are scattered across the globe.
“It is important to develop management techniques that reflect this new reality,” continues High.
And it’s today’s technologies that are enabling management and leadership styles to change.
The digital era means that resources you and your employees need to get the job done must be accessible from any location on any device at anytime. Since your entire workforce is now strewn across the world, technology must be mobile and flexible.
“Organizations with collaboration techniques that seamlessly connect the workforce, will be the organizations that emerge as winners in the digital era,” states High.
The need for teams to collaborate across geographic boundaries is only growing in need and intensity.
With the increase traffic on corporate networks due to the number of mobile devices in the workforce, companies are seeing a strain on their network. Couple that with the reality that many tools, such as instant messaging, voice, and collaborative spaces, are dispersed. While those tools may work great in the office, many times they don’t integrate with mobile devices as well as people want and organizations need.
Organizations are looking for ways to solve that dilemma by delivering much better mobile experiences for the workforce.
Michael Israel, senior vice president and CIO, Six Flags, Inc. is currently dealing with the inability to bring devices into his collaborative setting, “Utilization of laptops or tablets is so inferior to our conference room environment that participation from these users is often frowned upon,” he mentions.
He wants solutions that will help ease his burden because all devices and applications will be treated equally—whether it’s a business-critical videoconference or an employee sharing photos of the company picnic.
Industry experts agree. During a recent podcast, Maribel Lopez, analyst and founder of Lopez Research said, “It's great when you can have a seamless bridging of the technology between your work and your personal life.”
This means we can have fun, or be productive for work on the same device weather we are at home, in the office, at a coffee shop, the airport. Anywhere.
But leaders must watch out. Managers who are still walking around the office monitoring their employees and not giving them mobile experiences that allow them to work anywhere at anytime, will have a negative effect on who they can hire. As High puts it, “It will be an impediment to attracting and retaining great people.”