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Karen Delport

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How collaboration is key to addressing Digital Dislocation in the workplace

We live and work in an age of rapid technological innovation. Devices line our workstations, homes, pockets and technology, as a result, is changing everything – especially when it comes to the way we work.

In fact, out-of-date communications infrastructure and limited investment in new technology is holding back the introduction of new collaboration technologies that employees so desperately want to use, resulting in employees increasingly bringing their own devices to work. And of course, this is bringing certain risks to the fore for many large organisations around the world, including South Africa – a digital dislocation.

Independent research suggests that more work is needed to reduce digital dislocation in the workplace. The study found that employees feel disconnected due to lack of face-to-face interactions with colleagues. IT decision makers are complaining about time wasted trying to contact colleagues and as a result, they want more innovative communication technology – to be able to share information simply and in quicker time.

As the mobile workforce continues to grow, it is easy for employees to get trapped inside specialist departments and divisions or drop off the map while working out of the office. However, staying connected has never been so important and is vital to an organisation’s success. The solution to digital dislocation lies in the use of effective collaboration tools. As an example, organisations can look to embrace video to help them communicate more effectively with their workers. Coupled with the proliferation of Cloud computing and mobile employees can share information and make faster, better decisions. These developments can help to prevent such ‘digital dislocation’.

While it is obvious that there is a need and demand for collaboration services, many businesses have not built a strategy for implementation. Facilitating these new technologies effectively can be achieved through a Cloud computing platform. IT managers should look at cloud services to help stretch their budgets and replace outdated legacy systems – to introduce collaborative tools. Organisations that use Cloud technology for collaborative purposes can benefit significantly – not only in cost savings, but also in employee satisfaction – breaking the digital dislocation issue by offering employees the tools they need to work together in a volatile market that requires quick turn arounds and sound decision to be made.

Organisations need to improve communication and collaboration to drive growth and keep ahead of competitor trends in a rapidly changing world. They have to make it easier for all employees to collaborate – whether they’re in the office, working from home, at clients’ sites or on the move.

Kevin Hardy is the Managing Director at BT in Africa.

CP Kriek

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2017-03-27-07-45-02

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2017-03-27-07-42-00

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What two things can’t you inherit?

We live in a world we inherited. What we inherit starts before birth and continues through our lives. Our physical, emotional and personality characteristics are inherited from our parents.

Our way of life is inherited from our families. Some people inherit great wealth from their parents, while others may inherit thriving businesses. Others inherit good values. Then again, there are people who inherit criminal ways from their parents.

Governments, inherit many things from their predecessors, and countries inherit economic conditions from those who were commercially active before them.

What we inherit shapes who we are, what we do and what we, in turn, leave as an inheritance for those who follow after us. We can choose to use wisely what we inherit or we can squander it on frivolous things. Sadly, some of those who inherit wealth they never had to work for themselves have tended to squander that wealth on material and other things that do not increase their wealth and assets but merely erode them.

A typical example of unearned wealth being squandered is wealth that is won through lotteries. In a way, winning the lottery is a bit like inheriting much wealth. The lottery winner and heir share in common the fact that they are suddenly given great wealth that they never worked to build. That’s why so many lottery winners end up bankrupt within five or so years after winning their wealth.  

While there are many things we CAN inherit, there are two things we think we can inherit … but can’t.

The first thing we can’t inherit is success. Think carefully about this. We can inherit the results of someone else’s success – a successful business started and run by grandparents and/or parents. We can inherit great wealth, again from grandparents or parents, but we can’t inherit the success that built that successful business, nor can we inherit the success that created the wealth.

Success is something we have to work for and achieve on our own. No-one passes on their success with the inheritance we receive. And, to the untrained eye, success is deceptive. When something is done well by someone who knows what they’re doing, it looks easy. People look at someone performing some activity, such as skating on ice. The ice skater leaps into the air, spins around, lands on one leg and continues whizzing around on the ice. It looks so easy and the untrained person thinks, “I could do that too.” But let them try. They find the ice is not smooth. It’s actually quite bumpy, and, yes, it’s super slippery, and the skates aren’t very comfortable or stable. And they discovered all of that while skating very slowly. Forget about skating at speed, leaping into the air or spinning on their own axis …

Don’t take another person’s success for granted. By the same token, don’t take your own success for granted. Success requires, focus, determination, sacrifice and effort. And it’s not guaranteed.

The second thing we can’t inherit from someone else is significance. Think about the people who have achieved significance in our own country and you will see that not many of those people have heirs who are equally significant. Again, you can only achieve significance for yourself. You can try to ride on the significance of those who have gone before you but it won’t last for long. You have to find your own significance.

Success is what we achieve by what we do for ourselves. Significance is what we achieve by what we do for others. Self-centred people can achieve success because they have done things for themselves but, when it comes to significance, they fail to make the grade because they don’t understand what it means to do things for others.

So … if you want to achieve success and significance, you’ve got to do it for yourself. Don’t think you’re going to inherit it from a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, friend or boss. And while we’re talking about it, don’t stop once you’ve achieved success. If you do, you will never know true fulfilment. Keep going past success until you get to significance. THAT’s when you will find fulfilment!

Alan Hosking is the publisher of HR Future magazine, www.hrfuture.net, @HRFuturemag, and assists executives to prevent, reverse and delay ageing, and achieve self-mastery.

Cathy Williams

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Cathy Williams

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Samantha van Gool

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