The digitization and networking of the economy with the use of new technologies, with new automation methods and new business models also has consequences for the world of work. In this way, office work as we currently know it could change and bring opportunities and risks. This text touches on the opportunities offered by digitalisation.

Work-Life Balance

Home Office and mobile work stand for free time allocation, a lack of work path, greater personal responsibility and work-life balance. Demotivating control and mistrust. Those who sit in the Home Office can work self-determined or at least feel it, says the magazine CIO. Furthermore, the magazine says: Many employees with long working days complain that they “come to nothing else”. Will say shopping, washing clothes, sometimes repairing the bike. All this had to take place at the weekend, because between Monday and Friday the person only drives to work, works, goes home, eats, sleeps, gets up … Etc. This thus shows a significantly higher work-life balance through mobile work.

Automation of activities

“Digital automation does not stop at IT management. But IT administrators see not only the danger, but also the opportunity for more efficient workflows and drive automation themselves,” says Computerwoche. Let’s face it: how often do we do annoying and monotonous jobs in the job, which you can automate? In the context of digitalization, there is the chance to set up some of the most common and monotonous office work, such as setting up databases, updating databases, creating Excel reports or finally automating mail processing. This, in particular, would relieve the burden on busy employees. Below is a diagram showing the top office activities that could be easily automated.

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Top 5 of the most annoying office jobs according to a survey of 1000 employees (own representation according to a study)

Local flexibility of Distributed Teams

Especially for medium-sized enterprises in rural areas or employees who are based in rural areas and do not necessarily want to move, a home office job could soon come or they could become part of a distributed team.

Above all, a single employee also has access to potentially more exciting projects within Germany without having to move. A distributed team is also good for the further development of the individual. After all, there are no geographical restrictions, so an employee has access to much more knowledge resources. If an expert on a particular topic is only available in another country, he or she can still become part of a team. It also saves travel costs.

Innovation and creativity of distributed teams

Another advantage of the digital world of work is the increased effectiveness and productivity through technology. Networking and supporting employees can help to focus on the essentials. The distributed teams can even spread the work across different continents and time zones. So you could even work on a project 24 hours.

Working in virtual teams is also more complex and varied for employees and rarely causes boredom. There is also a chance to work with the best. A virtual team should be put together according to professional criteria.

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Work when, where and with whom and when. Digital change is possible.

Conclusion on the digital world of work

Digitalization offers numerous opportunities around automation, innovation and a better work-life balance as well as more fun at work. Especially the work-life balance, monotony and fun at work are serious points that currently employ companies. Certainly, these potentials should not be left untapped.

In this text, I deliberately referred only to the opportunities and not to the risks of the digital world of work. Read my article on the dangers of the digital world of work. Here I explain what a #Bürofabrik. Here is an excerpt: Everything is standardized: name tags, the mail entry and exit concept, uniform labels for folders, tidy drawers and use of roll containers. Monotony in the service of efficiency. What do you think? Where is your workplace going?

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I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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