The Corona pandemic also has a long-term effect on the way we work. That’s what the IDC analysts want to see in their study "Work Transformation in Germany 2021" have found out. According to the survey, 79 percent of German companies want to change their workplace model. The market researchers surveyed IT decision-makers, HR and other departmental decision-makers from 250 German companies with more than 100 employees across all industries. More than a third of the companies want to introduce a mix of office and remote work, 11 percent even want to give up office space, and a full 20 percent are sticking with on-site work.
Only 20 percent of all companies are sticking with the current workplace model.
As part of these ventures, the companies face both organizational and IT challenges. The survey showed that for a good quarter of organizations, changing the culture, behaviors and thinking at work are hurdles. In addition, a good fifth have concerns about whether any changes comply with the law and data protection. These concerns are justified in that not even half of the participating decision-makers say they adhere to their company’s security and compliance policies.
Automation is a key factor in modernizing the workplace and making it more flexible.
Of the companies that continue to embrace flexible remote working, 35 percent already have policies in place and plan to invest in the technology and services needed for a smart workplace, according to IDC. This includes desktop PCs, laptops and compliance, eSignature, workflow and CRM software, as well as collaboration and communication applications. 17 percent of organizations have already fully automated their business units, and one-third partially.
The conclusion of IDC market researchers: The Work Transformation in Germany is in full swing. It is a process in which, in addition to the necessary tools, the digitization and automation of processes and workflows are just as essential as the use of new technologies such as AI or AR and VR.