For the digital workplace and work environment, managers and employees need an upskilling of their skills, which we describe as digital fitness. Digitisation know-how is often referred to as the ability to use tools and technology, and it is much more than this.
„Digital Fitness“ is a special combination of attitudes, behaviours, skills, knowledge, methods, and abilities to successfully shape the changes and requirements of the digital world. With digital fitness, managers, and employees are able to analyse unplanned and unpredictable events in an increasingly dynamic digital environment, find new decision alternatives and solutions, and implement new methods in practice. They know to apply tools to communicate, collaborate and solve problems. They know the specific and compelling design criteria for successful digital collaboration and can adapt these for their own context and team.
In all industries and all business sectors, improving the digital skills of employees and leaders has become indispensable. A technologically savvy workforce helps your businesses respond quickly to change and compete better.
Digital skills have never been more important with the shift to digital collaboration. Even if some employees return to the office after the pandemic, there will not be a complete return to the old way of working. This no longer works in the digital future. There has already been a reversible mindset shift. The use of digital tools and the speed of change will continue to increase.
Unfortunately, this sudden boom in digital work has also brought new challenges. Both employees and managers have a skill gap in their digital capabilities.
Digital fitness involves both assessing technology trends for yourself and your company, and implementing digital tools properly. If employees hardly use the tools, the tools aren’t often the real problem, but the wrong understanding and use. Companies make the mistake of introducing tools top-down. Employees are often overwhelmed by the number of tools or communication channels. More tools do not make people more productive. A clearly structured digital workplace, where everyone knows how to work together, where to find what information, and where to share knowledge, does.
Analyse how digital technologies influence how we work and what this means for everyone.
Digital communication follows different rules than communication in person. Digital fitness means knowing, reflecting, and using the best communication strategies for effective collaboration in the digital workplace.
Digital collaboration requires an adapted work organisation (consider “time” and “place”): Asynchronous organisation ensures concentrated, undisturbed completion of tasks in an own schedule, which increases own productivity. On the other hand, synchronous online collaboration is important for generating ideas, solving problems together as a team, and fostering team connectivity. Too much asynchronous work threatens to break up the team. Too much synchronicity and being constantly „online“ has been proven to overload employees and lead to stress.
In the fast-paced, dynamic digital world, the topic of „mental health“ and „resilience“ – the ability to adapt to change – is becoming increasingly important.
Digital fitness, therefore also means:
Digital fitness starts with the right mindset. It is the foundation and crucial for a successful transformation. Mindset describes a necessary essential attitude, a way of thinking, own beliefs to accept challenges, to be open to changes, and not to stick to old habits. We are happy to support you. Please get in touch with us.
Read my current and new book „Digital Fitness for Managers: Practical Knowledge, Skills and Checklists for the New Hybrid World of Work“.
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