Digital work / mobile work

Brief overview

Digitalization, demographic change, globalization - the list of trends that are influencing and reshaping our complex working world goes on and on. New demands are being placed on companies and employees.

Especially for digitally based collaborative and social communication of a project, for leadership from a distance, changed forms of teamwork with equal spatial distance, the development of digital competence plays a key role. Prerequisites for the success of digital collaboration are the necessary applied skills of managers and employees in dealing with new systems and changed synchronous and asynchronous communication channels.

What has changed?

Successful collaboration in the digitelan space requires not only the ability to work in a team and change communication, but also application competence of different systems, processes and collaboration platforms. This includes both application-related systems depending on the task of as well as specific cross-project collaboration platforms (e.g. teams, Slack, project management tools, etc.) as well as classic and new communication media (e.g. e-mail, chat). In the sign of digital networking, these systems are becoming increasingly integrated. 

In addition, companies must position themselves more interestingly for specialists in the so-called war of talents by using new forms of virtual collaboration and enable goal-oriented teamwork regardless of location.

What is the core issue?

The bottom line is that digital collaboration stands and falls with the willingness of the company and its employees to embrace it. The company must create the conditions for digital collaboration by investing in new hardware and software, training and educating employees accordingly, and thus bringing about a change in attitude among both management and employees.

In turn, employees and managers must adapt their work processes and make them more efficient. For collaboration in the virtual space to succeed, managers should ensure that there is clarity about the identity of those involved and that processes are communicated simply and clearly. We make you fit for the working and living environment of tomorrow. You will learn more about collaboration and communication in the digital space, digital transformation and Leadership 4.0 and how to apply them. 

Following massive change processes in the world of work, "digital working" and "mobile working" define the new framework conditions and are the "new normal". Digital working enables us to work, create and design independently of time and place, flexibly, decentrally and often self-determined. In the process, however, new types of strain and stress are emerging. Resilience of the employees and resilience of the company are required.

Entrepreneurial control as well as management control are losing in connection with digital work, have become "different" and more difficult. Mobility, productivity and individuality, on the other hand, are achievements of digital work that must be used and their efficiency optimized.

The advantages of the digital world of work for the individual include high flexibility, time savings through the possibility of mobile work (e.g., in the home office or in distributed teams), and ultimately the opportunity for people in the company to balance their private and professional lives even more successfully and resiliently. More self-determination and personal responsibility ideally increase motivation and ultimately the efficiency of work.

However, the digital world of work also harbors risks and disadvantages for employees (e.g., constant availability, uncertainty, permanent pressure to stay on task, ...), which must be specifically counteracted by strengthening soft skills (e.g., with regard to communication, self-management, and teamwork) and consolidating personal resilience as part of HR development.

In the following, we would like to introduce you to our support options in the competence field "Digital Work / Mobile Work":

Sharpening of remote competence in interaction with people, in leadership, in teamwork

Leading at a distance as well as virtual teamwork has become a necessary measure. Managers and teams must therefore be supported in successfully leading their team/employees in the virtual get-together and communication space and in strengthening togetherness. And this can be done without direct physical contact with colleagues, without informal exchanges over a cup of coffee. Social interaction is often the glue that holds a team together. But how do we do this online - how do we replace the coffee kitchen? And: how do we turn our virtual meetings into productive and enjoyable gatherings? How can we work together in the virtual space in a binding and trusting manner while also achieving our own personal goals?

During remote training, participants learn the essential principles of how to conduct meetings and conversations effectively at a distance and interactively within a videoconference. They also learn how to reach, motivate and effectively lead and accompany people in virtual exchanges. Together, they develop strategies and measures that enable them to lead and accompany employees remotely. It is about strengthening the team and the responsibility of individuals.

Possible content:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of virtual leadership
  • Virtual leadership tools
  • Feedback and coaching in "virtual space
  • Which employees need which support?
  • Building trust, identity and motivation in virtual teams
  • Online collaboration: reliability and transparency
  • Characteristics and challenges of virtual teams
  • Communication and team development in the virtual team
  • Use of body language and voice
  • The right use of technology: e.g. interactive tools for online meetings
  • How can informal information exchange (coffee kitchen, smoking break, etc.) work? Socializing, "virtual coffee kitchen", celebrating successes together
  • Plan and conduct meetings virtually
  • Dealing with the attention span in the virtual environment
  • Dealing with conflicts in a virtual world: escalation and de-escalation methods

Sharpening of remote skills in the basics of moderation, presentation and communication
Presenting oneself professionally and competently online and achieving one's own goals efficiently - in presentation and moderation as well as in communicating in a group - is a challenge that must be met.

What are the differences between face-to-face and remote meetings? What tips and tricks are there for the individual to consider depending on the setting and initial situation? How can I support myself and others in giving the best in online collaboration and being productive with each other?

We would be happy to work with you to determine the virtual development needs of your company and implement customized solutions based on the virtual work experiences of your teams and colleagues, for more productivity and efficiency in virtual collaboration and more fun, security, self-confidence and a sense of unity among the people working in the virtual space.

Wir unterstützen im eloquenten Umgang mit Videokonferenzsystemen wie auch in der virtuellen Kommunikation, Moderation und Präsentation.

Optimization of work technique and self-management in mobile work
It is - despite diverse experiences in Corona times - still a challenge to act self- and time-managing efficient in the home office and sometimes brings us to the edge of concentration, mental and physical resilience and motivation.

In an online workshop, the strengths and possibilities for optimizing personal work behavior in the home office are analyzed. Participants learn how to manage their workload and the associated stress. Participants will also try out self-motivation and thought-stopping techniques, physical exercises, eye and concentration training to keep their brain full of energy. Daily structures and self-organization tips, as well as short-term stress relief methods, help reduce the remote blues in the home office.

Possible seminar contents:

  • Home office: My personal challenges and opportunities
  • Design of an ideal home office workplace
  • Analysis of one's own work style: Pinpointing personal time thieves
  • Setting priorities and dropping ballast: The Eisenhower Principle Rediscovered
  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Where does work end, where does private life begin? Designing my optimal workday
  • Efficient daily and weekly planning
  • Using digital tools successfully in time management
  • Information and communication
  • Make online meetings efficient and enjoyable: The most important tips
  • My inner drivers and attitudes
  • My personal energy balance
  • Self-management principles and self-motivation
  • Online collaboration: reliability and transparency
  • Promoting informal exchange: socializing, "virtual coffee kitchen," celebrating successes together
  • Dealing with the attention span in the virtual environment
  • Pimp up your brain: Increase concentration= efficiency: Train IVG to scan and process info faster; Learn to focus and change focus; Use your brain.
  • The power of rituals; Availability 24/7 or working hours?; Thought-stopping techniques; Planning from the end; Of success lists, strike lists & wipe sheets.
  • Just Do it: The Pomodoro Method; The Task Menu; The Wholesome Active Break; Workouts for Body and Screen Eyes
  • Integrated active breaks: Stress reduction PMR as Quick Win; Emerging from the Remote Blues instead of Deep Dive; Eye Training for Screen Work; Brain Gym against Body Stress