When I started working at Panda a few months earlier, back in 2016, I would never have thought that my work experience would seem like a reality closer to a future scenario. With offices in 2 locations, a team of 12 people from 6 different nationalities and myself remotely working from a third location, I couldn’t really imagine what this work reality would be like and mostly what it would feel like.
Yet, somehow it seemed to make sense from the first minute.
In a period of less than 6 months, we managed to take significant steps closer to what we envision, an evolution of corporate education. We are building the first accessible, reliable, transparent corporate training marketplace.
Having virtual based work playing a vital role for us it was easier to understand more the value of what we are working on. We were from the beginning in a way practicing the future we envision with the elements of the digital age we think will be dominant.
It’s a fact that the technological transformations have had an enormous impact in today’s workplace and the work we conduct itself. The last years, there has been a shift towards a complete redefinition of work.
This redefinition is closely associated with the digitalization taking place in the workplace and the work itself.
For the people that have been in the workforce more time, digitalization is a process that started happening a few years back and since then has been an ongoing process, while for the people that stepped into the workforce later, it became instantly a familiar aspect of their work reality.
Digitalization has brought a number of new trends at work such as virtual teams, virtual offices, online tools for all business operations
Organizations and their people have started to make things happen from different locations, from different time zones, with the help of technology and a bunch of useful digital tools that keep them connected and help them plan and deliver more effectively.
What are the characteristics of “work in the digital era”?
Borderless workplace : The office of the future is virtual. There is no office that employees travel to everyday to conduct their work. Teams are available to reach out to each other anytime during common working hours by instant messaging, call and video call. Everyone is connected and participating even if in reality they might be hundreds or thousands of miles apart from each other.
Flexibility of organizations and employees: «Change is the only constant in life”, Heraclitus’s famous phrase from 500 BC is more relevant than ever today as it is depicting the new reality for organizations and employees. In this ever changing, unpredictable and fast evolving environment organizations have to react with flexibility and with extreme adaptiveness. This includes a shift to a more agile culture.
Learning is a vital part of work: The fast-paced progression and the need to implement the new technology and progress in an organization makes learning a central activity associated with work. Employees have, and in the future will have in a very bigger scale, to re-skill and upgrade their skills constantly to keep up to date with the new technology, development and evolution of their work. This can only be possible if learning becomes an associated - with - work procedure, an ongoing process, a part of each employee’s work.
Equal opportunities and diversity in the work environment: In the digital age, work, is much associated also with equal opportunities. Accessibility to opportunities will be broader in the future through platforms that talent will collectively be available for employers to find. Geography will play a minimal role while skills and adaptation will play a significant role giving more people, regardless region and origin more equal opportunities, while diverse teams with different demographics become more and more common.
At the end of the day:
If you think about it, we’ve put technology so much in our lives that ultimately, having it being a vital part of our work is actually a natural thing.
Of course, with the challenges that always come with any scenario, this scenario also has its own challenges. But challenge is something that will always be there for humans to overcome.
Embracing the new reality of work in the digital age, understanding its challenges but also the opportunities that come with it, is ultimately what will make us able to differentiate ourselves as individuals and as organizations, align with progression and embrace the change.