January 5, 2015

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As retirements approach, companies update workplace routine for next generation

The gradual transformation of the workplace can be attributed to necessity as much as practicality. A significant number of business leaders are approaching retirement. While they were perfectly content with handwritten notes and letters, millennials of the contemporary digital workplace call for updates in the daily routine. However, their reasoning is based not just in comfort. It’s also rooted in efficiency and a wide range of advantages for a company’s bottom line.

Internal social networks, modern office perks and increased use of video in the workplace have all been linked to employee engagement. These factors can boost productivity and general satisfaction. They also encourage collaboration between workers and clients. Whether it’s through messaging, training or live event streaming, video is becoming an increasingly integral part of the business world.

The new kind of workplace
No matter their industry, most business leaders understand the importance of technological advancements in the workplace. And when it comes to the implementation of video and other useful technologies at the office, a number of chief information officers cite “collaboration” as one of the main catalysts for change, according to CIO New Zealand.

For example, Aaron O’Brien, chief information officer of Les Mills International, and Peter van Dyk, chief information officer for the BEST Pacific Institute of Education, both noted the importance of tools that encourage teamwork. Alin Ungureanu, chief information officer for Oceania Healthcare, has a similar stance.

“We’re in the aged care sector and as I always say, you are our future clients. Collaboration is very important for us,” Ungureanu told the new source. “We operate throughout New Zealand and have 3,500 staff nationwide in about 50 locations. We make use of a number of tools for the operational side of our business. The core side of our business is the clinical side. Collaboration can either be phone calls, video, text, audio or information/reports to support decision making.”

The rise of enterprise video
When speaking with a number of major companies in the Midwest, Streaming Media found that most executives said about 13 to 24 percent of their workforce will retire in the next three to four years.

While these companies may lose important experience and industry-specific knowledge that can be gained only through time, there are ways to counter the potential drawbacks of these upcoming retirements. The news source suggested that enterprise video can help businesses by educating workforces in a quicker manner. This could also help chief executives make their business more attractive and suitable for new hires.