Posts Tagged ‘Future of Work’

Future of Work: It’s Time to Go Live

For centuries the public received news and information through the newspaper, TV and various digital mediums. Today, social media platforms are breaking down barriers across the globe by introducing live video streams.  

Digital devices and the online channels are changing the way people engage — these mediums give not just journalists and broadcasters a live feed to report daily events, but also a pathway for the public to manifest stories, pictures and videos. 

The latest trend is to push live video on social media through Facebook Live, Meerkat or Periscope. These channels depict only a small number of examples of how the world is socially connected and playing an integral role of how communication and responsiveness takes place. As technology evolves so will the platforms to offer users optimal options for the world to become more interconnected than ever. 

These advances are shaping the future of work and changing the social workplace. This leads to the need to create adaptive organizations to foster a culture of openness and collaboration beyond email — thus driving greater leadership trust and transformation in information exchange.

The speed of technology is developing automation of jobs at a rapid pace that most businesses are not able to embrace the advancements and comprehend the value. To get started on the journey to ‘go live’ here’s a few resources:

Smartphone Video Excellence: How to Film Like a Pro

5 top tips for live streaming video on social media

5 Quick Tips for Using Periscope, Twitter’s Live Video Streaming App

Where will the new digital generation and impact of intelligent technologies take the workplace? Stay tuned for the next update on the future of work vision that identifies the workplace without email!


Social Media 101 & more for the Evolving EA

How prepared are you for the 2020 workforce? The years ahead present exciting opportunities in the digital landscape as well as media channels as technology evolves and spans across enterprise social networking — are you ready?

In order to adapt and move ahead of the new norm, it is vital to stay abreast of the latest technology and trends taking shape across business operations. Thus with the increased demand in cloud computing, social media and app development, the learning platforms must be designed to allow employees access to the critical training modules in these areas especially if the skills are directly related to the scope of their job.

Fortunately with the advent of the digital era, there are optimal mediums to enhance and develop knowledge in all of the prominent skills required for the 2020 workforce. The evolving EA can easily kick start a development plan — here are a few posts that can help guide through the learning path forward:

Social Media Tips for the Executive Assistant

Social Business: Executive Assistant Tips to be Champions of the Social Office Part I

Social Business: Executive Assistant Tips to be Champions of the Social Office Part II

Social Business: Executive Assistant Tips to be Champions of the Social Office Part III

Tips for the Executive Assistant to Manage a Social Business Twitter Chat

How Executive Assistants can be top Social Business Power Users

Russ Ruffino : “So, before you get started, ask yourself two questions:

  • Are you willing to face that fear and demand what you’re worth?
  • Are you willing to do hundreds of tests until things “click”?

Look yourself in the mirror. Be honest with yourself.

If you’re not ready, then stop now. You will save yourself years of false starts and mediocre results.”

If you are ready to move forward, check out Ruffino’s post: Here are the 6 steps I used to transform my business, including my exact numbers and specific hacks. Without the know-how in social media and the IoT, most of these steps may not have reaped the same results for Ruffino.

Making the tough decisions about your future in the beginning may be a struggle but in the end, as long as you stay the course, the steps you take now will bring long-term success.

Stay social and remain on the never ending path of self-discovery!

Social Media 101: Quality vs Quantity

The world of social media is not only shaping the way we connect and network but also focusing on the development of personal branding. Online social networks are moving into the business environments and transforming identities, thus defining personal behavior and character.

Learn how to incorporate positive behaviors online to shape and develop your personal brand. This will lead to understanding how to integrate enterprise social media into daily operations so engagement online fits into current activities at work and play as well as begins to pave an influential brand footprint.

As people being to navigate their way through the platform of choice, post status updates, add a blog, and initiate discussions, the platform automatically begins to shape the brand footprint as well as defines the social media roadmap. How? Everything a user posts is saved on the internet and can easily be searched and/or accessed by people across the world — even if you delete a post someone was quick enough to capture it!

While social media does offer a channel for improving engagement across borders, the landscape is not a race to the number of “followers” or racking up the number of “likes” that is associated to user online activity. Keep in mind that “quantity” may increase exposure, but the “quality” of content shared is key to remaining competitive in your niche market.

The future of work and digital innovations are starting to impact the way people lead their personal lives and work in the connected world.  Start now to make meaningful changes to your content to build your brand with quality, value-add information to broaden your reach — less focus on drawing the user numbers will result in brand loyalty and audience engagement.

How Executive Assistants Can Be Top Social Business Power Users

December 23, 2014 1 comment

As the future of work transforms business operations and the smart office begins to roll out across corporations, the executive assistant (EA) is currently hard at work to excel beyond the change curve — take the quiz to reveal how well prepared you are!

Additionally, not only do EAs require top notch organizational skills to keep the office seamlessly operating, they are more often than not called upon to help launch new initiatives, programs and directives too! This includes the adoption of enterprise social business networks that most Fortune 500 companies are implementing.

Considering the EA is already adept at team building and an office champion, stepping into the role of a social business power user will be second nature. Furthermore, since most EAs already encompass “social” skills and are extremely instrumental in moving processes through the department, they just need to reshape their communication style to include the social business framework. The EA role is one of many that can easily partner with the Communication Department to help bridge the roll-out of a social business platform.

As referenced in Part I, Part I I and Part III, the EA can also take on a lead role but in this post we will focus on partnership. Here’s five recommendations to explore and put to practice while working toward becoming a social business power user:

1) Understand that all digital mediums previously used will be phased out and/or replaced with enterprise social media over the specific time frame published by the Communication Department.
2) Learn and identify the difference between personal and professional social media use — fostering company culture is pivotal through each phase in the roll-out of the platform.
3) Leverage all the tools of the platform to engage the team with ongoing and relative content — demonstrate authenticity when posting.
4) Refrain from taking part in conversations that are not relative to ongoing work — encourage the team to share and actively participate in business discussions and all non-work related posts/comments should be directed to personal chatter outside of the office.
5) Act as a mentor and moderator to help the team with performing against expectations — know who to report inappropriate content to that needs to be professionally addressed.

The above is not all encompassing but it is a start to take steps now — this slideshare is an in depth resource on social business that will enhance the process of learning the basic fundamentals of this communication medium. Stay Social!

Future of Work Reshaping the Office Landscape


With 2015 around the corner, bringing the future of work a whole lot closer, will the predictions outlined here soon be reality?

Will robot options like Double and Beam revolutionize the communication landscape and offer improved interaction with one another through these devices?

There’s been an incredulous amount of research done on the future of work and how technology will reshape the office. One of the fields that will more than likely be impacted the most is the administrative roles – this infographic shines a lens on the work that is being done to help the corporate world redefine job descriptions to coincide with roles of the future.

And based on the article, Why It’s Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office Space, the architecture and design will give the holistic environment a 360 face-lift!

“I think the whole definition of what an office is needs to be rethought,” says Frank Mruk, associate dean for the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

“The office may be ready for extinction–it’s just a place to meet. We don’t need computers anymore; we can work anyplace, at any time. Why do we have to meet in a building?”

Furthermore, companies like the Charleston Digital Corridor, offer entrepreneurs and startups with office space to include 18th and 19th century historic structures with 21st century technology infrastructure; first generation professional offices and flex space in vibrant urban/ suburban settings; and build-to-suit opportunities.

With Google buying Nest, the notion of a “smart home” and “smart office” will be within an arm’s reach across the globe before people can gauge the concept — moving the needle on technology and the revolutionary ideas by leaps and bounds, faster than most can comprehend.  Without a doubt the changes in the business are imminent. Especially, if the robot options surface sooner than later, the future of work and the robotic office landscape won’t be too far off from the Jetsons!

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How the Internet of Things Will Transform Industries

There are a number of technical buzzwords filtering into conversations and being addressed as a result of the increased growth in the digital landscape that maybe new to some but have been churning throughout organizations in their strategic planning and incorporating into business models. To name a few that are seamlessly becoming mainstream “Big Data”, “The Cloud”, “The Next Big Thing” and “Code Halos”.

For starters Big Data is exactly what it is when you break it down and is not all that new to most in the analytical world — ‘big’ as in giganormous and ‘data’ being the collection of information. Resulting in designing and implementing a platform to coincide with volume and velocity in the collection of data sets over the internet. The “Big Data: The Management Revolution” posting by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson helps break it down.

With the context behind big data, there’s still a fog around how this all filters and stores to the cloud! PC Mag helps to explain it:

“In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. It goes back to the days of flowcharts and presentations that would represent the gigantic server-farm infrastructure of the Internet as nothing but a puffy, white cumulonimbus cloud, accepting connections and doling out information as it floats.”

On to The Next Big Thing, is relatively a buzzword used to relate to the transforming and innovating technology. As noted in the recent article via Cognizant, “Reaping the Benefits of the Internet of Things” it suggests:

“Because IoT ecosystems comprise numerous technologies and devices running on different networks, organizations will need to partner with third-party specialist to complement their in-house capabilities. These partner organizations should be evaluated on their strength of expertise, industry knowledge and ability to address the complexity of connecting a wide area of technologies and platforms on which the devices will run.”

The findings also predict industries whom are best poised to reap the benefits:

Industries to benefit from IoT

Four Industries with Most to Gain from IoT

In reading the article noted above by Cognizant, the buzzword “Code Halos” is referenced numerous times but may not provide the depth to ascertain what it really means. The “Code Rules” playbook offers collective research and identifies a pattern that has emerged.

“We are entering a new digital epoch where the coded information surrounding people, companies and things — what we call a Code Halo — truly reshapes how we live and work. As we will demonstrate in this white paper, once Code Halos form, they begin to transform companies — and then entire industries — through a series of well-defined steps. In the following pages, we explain the pattern and, by breaking it into its discrete pieces, help you determine where your organization stands in this time of tremendous upheaval.”

Here’s a clip by Ben Pring, Co-Director of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work in an interview with Harvard University’s Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Computer Science & Law, as they look into the how data is being used and individuals shape their own narrative.

With these buzzwords bubbling up in the news, media and business, the research and evidence starts to pave the path forward to the Workforce of the Future requiring imminent change and transformation.  In closing, a statement from Hewitt in the CXOTalk interview empowers one to “think from the outside-in”:

“For any executive tasked with digital transformation, Hewitt advises to think from the outside-in and from the consumer experience and to look at what is the combination of user experience and analytics that will drive to the consumer facing strategy.”

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