Chas Moloney discusses our latest Ricoh UK report: ‘Digital Dexterity: Denied’At Ricoh, we are proud to champion growth through workstyle innovation. Equipping employees and customers with the tools, technology and culture to grow and flourish, is imperative to how our business operates today. A more agile and flexible approach to technology can allow British businesses to retain staff and streamline efficiencies. So, why are more business leaders not jumping at the chance to offer this to their staff? Our latest research commissioned with Censuswide drills down into employee expectations from the digital workplace, and if a culture of ‘Digital Dexterity’ can truly be made possible in British businesses today.
When it comes to tech innovation in the workplace, what is clear is that employees have strong ideas on how it can be implemented to improve office culture and day-day operations. 46 per cent of respondents in our research revealed that they would like to see wearable devices equipped with healthcare apps added to their employee package. This statistic casts interesting light on the future of job benefits in the UK, with well-being packages being brought to life through digital and social channels. Furthermore, we also discovered that 44 per cent of workers believe that social media and workplace collaboration technologies will help create a stronger collaborative culture. But, there is a gap between the wants of the workforce and reality. Almost half (46 per cent) of workers said that Facebook was banned in their workplace. Allowing these consumer technologies and platforms to be used responsibly in and office environment, can actually create a more productive an collaborative working culture.
Fostering digital dexterity in the workplace is absolutely essential for building a highly-skilled and loyal workforce. As our research reveals, UK workers have confidence in their employers to drive change and the confidence that a greater use of technology can bring people together. Let’s not deny digital dexterity, but embrace it.