Trends: The Digital Workplace

Last summer I took a course called Virtual Communication in the Workplace. Yes, this is a class. Now in every workplace it is vital that there is constant communication digitally. According to a recent study by Avanade, digital workplace has become a must. Ninety-nine percent of organizations that have adopted digital workplace tools have experienced business benefits – including employee engagement.

As the world continues to evolve and thrive off of technology, the relationships, interactions and daily routine begin to evolve too. This world now, revolves around technology, so in 2030 the technological atmosphere will dominate all lifestyles forever. I wrote in my first position paper: “the development and innovation of technology has transformed the way of living. Now, we live in a societal norm where everything is digital. The communications: where people you can text, call on cell phones, and Skype or Facetime; entertainment: where you can stream movies and TV shows online; and even knowing others’ lifestyles and daily routines through Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. The day-to-day lifestyle for the average American is revolved around a digital contemporary world.” This is all based around the digital world today. If our lifestyles changed substantially since the 90’s, the changes to come in 15 years are unimaginable. Life will be dependent on a digital world, whether that’s workplace, work, and relationships.

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By 2030, the working world will be dependent on virtual teams, slowly everything will progress into a time where everything is done online and digitally. For example, self-checkout lines in grocery stores, shopping online, or even this class. This class is evidence of a digital world. We’re taking a class where a teacher doesn’t need to lecture in front of the class and I don’t need to sit in a classroom to learn. It’s all done because people want their freedom to do things on their own terms and their own way. “When you give people freedom, you get chaos, but you also get incredible creativity” (Bratman et al, 2006, p.81). As that creativity begins to be harness, it becomes a new technology or future lifestyle.

Work will look like what it is now but for longer period of time. For instance, when making a yearbook or any publication, everything is made online. So you see journalists hunched over a computer for hours to make their content, then finally move away from it to print it. Although, I believe in the future the journalist will remain straining their next toward the computer to publish the content online. It will go like that, for every work. Teachers teaching online, Customer service all done through online chat, etc. It’s all because of the simple fact that the implementation of technology modernized and simplified the lifestyle for everyone across the world. “It simply offers more degrees of freedom for each of us to design our own communications space than we were available in the past” (Benkler, 2006, p. 371).

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Relationships are where it becomes more of a grey area. It is unknown if the lack of face to face interactions will make a huge detrimental problem, or will it become a norm where it’s not look down upon. Its is said that “the Internet makes it easier and cheaper to communicate with family and friends, at close proximity or over great distances, through the barriers of busy schedules and differing time zones” (Benkler, 2006, p. 371) So perhaps relationships will remain strong or even stronger, no one will know till we continue to add more ways to interact digitally.

“The arrival of the Internet marked not only the end of the industrial era, but the end of history itself” (Turner, 2006, p. 261) This quote proves to be the most true, today. This could change, in the future. For now, I see the world in 2030 where the working life and daily is all done online or digitally. It will be a world where there’s more touch screens and clicking.


Benkler, Yochai (2006). The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Retrieved from https://colostate.instructure.com/courses/18631/modules

Bratman (2006). A Sea of Starfish. Retrieved from https://colostate.instructure.com/courses/18631/modules

Turner, Fred (2006). From Counterculture to Cyperculture. Retrieved from https://colostate.instructure.com/courses/18631/modules

http://blog.avanade.com/avanade-insights/digital-business/5-major-trends-the-future-of-digital-workplace/

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Trends: The Digital Workplace

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