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Work is an Activity – Not a Place

Tech-savvy, and flexible as to time and place – many experts consider "smart workers" to be the office workers of the future.

09 Dec. 2015
Teaserbild ECM Forum

What will office work look like in the future? This is one of the main questions in the ECM sector. Studies show that three-quarters of office workers continue to prefer to work from the office. IT experts on the other hand view "smart workers" as the office workers of the future: Flexible in terms of place and time, as well as highly savvy when it comes to state-of-the-art technology and communication, modern employees work together to extract globally available knowledge from oceans of data and make it useful to all company divisions.

How, where, and with what will the knowledge workers of the future carry out their tasks? To answer these questions, "not only is the supply of marketable resources and software products important, but also how flexibly, ergonomically – and especially – comfortably one can work with and interact with them," says Thomas Malessa, Market Relation Manager at d.velop AG. In a blog for Bitkom he states, "Work is an activity – not a place."

Malessa believes that employee satisfaction is an important factor for economic success. According to him, the "war for talent" will be won by the quality of the work environment (place, building, workplace, technical resources, software), "but also by the modus vivendi – how does one use it, what degree of freedom is allowed when using the infrastructure, and how ‘smart’ the software is that supports the user," says the d.velop manager. His recommendation to businesses: "Make it look good, and make it simple, easy to use, and inviting. Then talented employees will want to be a part of it."

In its company blog, Optimal Systems forecasts that "work and life will run together – at least somewhat. Future working environments will (have to) become more flexible and mobile in order to keep pace with the competition – and will certainly also have to satisfy the growing demands of employees and potential executives," states this ECM provider from Berlin.

Together with around 250 other provider at "ECM, Input/Output Solutions" d.velop and Optimal Systems will respond to questions regarding the workplace of the future at CeBIT 2016. Trade visitors will gain an up-to-date overview of solutions that capture, manage, save, retain, and facilitate content and documents in Hall 3. Bitkom is also represented in Hall 3: At the joint pavilion "ECM Solutions Park" and the ECM Forum the association and its members will provide information on products, trends and standards for the office of the future.