Is Outsourcing a Digital Workforce the New Trend?
The emerging digital workforce has paved a new path for workflow processes in many worldwide companies and industries. The new paradigm has drastically altered efforts surrounding how team members communicate with one another across the entire company. What’s even more spectacular is how executives and associates are working for companies across nations, borders—even oceans. Where can we see the direct impact of this shift? Industry expert Sonja Madsen lends us her thoughts.
Expert: Sonja Madsen
“The ability to work and stay connected anywhere and anytime is introducing a talented external workforce as part of the team that focuses on work to be done.“
Madsen states that today, the digital workforce is learning to adapt to ever-changing technology, new work practices and new business requirements. As a result, the possibility of managing a team that works globally, across digital platforms, is reinventing industry practices like never before. Teams are able to be spread across the globe, and still work together productively and efficiently.
Constant connection to an informative hub that easily can be accessed by all authorized personnel is becoming the new normal, so to speak. This mobilizing has given corporations the ability to hire staff globally instead of locally. And why shouldn’t organizations hire qualified team members? Lack of proximity to the home office is no longer an issue!
The digital workplace is a game changer for sure. The nature of workplaces has totally flipped! Who’d have thought working with colleagues across the world would be possible—and so simple? Madsen details what components she believes to be the most important for a digital workplace to run smoothly.
While many companies are realizing the importance of the digital workplace and adapting to the transition, others have not yet harnessed the essential skill set to evolve into a digital space. Why? Perhaps they haven’t been provided adequate tools to adapt effectively. Madsen suggests that adaptability is important; she believes adopting programs like SharePoint alleviates anxiety shifting into the digital realm.
In addition to adaptability, strong communication skills are essential. Communicating in-person can be challenging as it is, and collaborating needs to be even more efficient when working across borders. With simple tools at a company’s disposal, transatlantic communication can be fast and easy.
Madsen believes motivation and inspiration also help a digital workforce function to the best of its ability. Interaction between motivated coworkers proves fluid and productive.
“Changing the existing knowledge and work practices with new tools or disruptive external input from others increases productivity and sometimes even improves quality of work done.”
Conducting work globally never has been this simple, and for the first time, the digital workplace is providing a solution for employers to seek true talent regardless of zip code. The bonus here? No need for relocating whatsoever. SharePoint creates a virtual office space that can achieve ordinary work initiatives more comprehensively than a physical office, allowing an organization’s digital workforce not only to meet, but exceed their goals.
We’d like to thank Sonja Madsen for her input.
About Sonja Madsen:
Sonja Madsen is a SharePoint MVP, having worked on SharePoint and Office 365 intranet, website and add-in projects since 2004. She has a Masters degree in Information Science and Multimedia, with a focus in development, back-end development, front-end development, usability and branding. Madsen also owns SONJASAPPS, 2015 Office App Awards winner for “Best International Developer” with over 30 add-ins in Microsoft SharePoint App Store, both Microsoft Partner and Microsoft vendor.