The business landscape has evolved exponentially over the past decade. Driven by the need to remain agile, competitive and productive, enterprises are adopting more technologies than ever before as the ecosystem continues its journey towards digital transformation. These disruptive technologies are revolutionising the way that modern businesses operate – from the way they communicate, collaborate and achieve optimum efficiency and profitably.

With the likes of an increasing Gen Z-powered workforce, the future of the workplace is continuing to evolve, changing the way business leaders approach their processes, values and technologies that enable them. Not only will Generation Z make up almost half of the business world by 2020, but they will also play an undeniable part in transforming the ecosystem as a whole. Bringing with them life-long experience with technology, they will settle for no less than the best of the best technologies.

With this in mind, worldwide spending on digital transformation by businesses is forecast to reach $1.97 trillion in 2022, according to the International Data Corporation. So we can more or less expect an unclear future of the digital workplace – the key is to have the right solutions in place that can handle the unexpected.

Previously, the most innovative technologies were typically reserved for large corporations with significant IT budgets, access to more technical training and the ability to roll out complex IT infrastructures with significant hardware costs. However, with the evolution of scalable cloud-based solutions, businesses of all sizes now have the ability to reap the benefits of enterprise capabilities without incurring the costs.

With a unified virtual workspace and a central orchestration platform solution for the provisioning of applications, staff wouldn’t require extra training since the desktop and applications are the same. A central and easy orchestration of on-prem, cloud and web applications gives staff the freedom to use the technologies to deliver digital transformation while leading the workplace into the future.

Engaging the unengaged

Nevertheless, the most significant challenge posed to business leaders and CTOs is encouraging employees to utilise the technologies being rolled out across the organisation.

A separate report from US firm Technalysis Research found that most US businesses still use email and telephones for their communications. So why are so many businesses allocating their IT budgets to game-changing technologies if staff aren’t bothering to use them? Businesses will have to face the potentially disastrous repercussions, should the revolutionary technology simply be left on the wayside. Leaders cannot afford to brush the unwilling engagement from staff under the carpet, with digital transformation holding the key to remain agile, competitive and productive.

But it’s no surprise that staff stick with what they know. Particularly if the tools a business provides are either slow or complicated to use. In order to effectively keep staff engaged and positive about implementing new technologies, they need to be reassured that the tools will provide immediate benefits with little disruption. After all, the technology exists- it’s down to whether it’s simple and easy enough for people to actually use it. If not, then we’re risking the future of the workplace altogether.

Businesses are also sabotaging their chances to exercise the future of the digital workplace with stressful or out-of-date technologies by losing out on Gen Z. The group is set to take the workforce world by storm over the coming years with their predicted effect to bring the industry to its next phase. Without the best, easy and revolutionary technology, they’ll go elsewhere leaving your workplace very much in the past.

Current workplaces using traditional, outdated forms of technology to achieve collaboration and communication will have to move quickly if they are to become part of the workplace of the future.

Digital transformation and other disruptive influences are one step ahead of the rest of us, and so it’s up to us to adapt to this. However, whilst rolling out new technologies is the first step to achieving a modern workplace, employee engagement is the true key to achieving the workplace of the future. Employee requirements can no longer be managed with traditional structures and processes. Businesses now must provide a solution that embraces new technology in a way that is simple to use, convenient and stress free for those who use it.