Intelligent CXO Issue 17 - Page 27

• Hold two company-wide parties a year . Invite everyone – even those in the most far-flung areas you operate in . An arduous journey might make the trip unviable , but the invitation will ensure those employees know they play a vital part in the company ’ s success . It ’ s always good to see colleagues interact in a social setting . Such events may cost a pretty penny but the outlay will be worth the increase in loyalty – you can guarantee employees will be much more inclined to go the ‘ extra mile ’ when you really need them to .
• Try holding full virtual company meetings at least once a week . Seeing scores of faces staring back at you can be a little unnerving at times especially for those that have to address the congregation , but this is a good routine to get into . It offers the chance for colleagues who do not have the need to communicate on a day-to-day basis to actually see each other and provides the chance to ask questions that do not warrant a special call .
• Make the most of the chat facility in your communications software . This comes into its own for those issues that just require a quick ‘ yes ’ or ‘ no ’ answer and the ability to set up specific groups to communicate with is a real time-saver too .
So how do I see the modern workplace evolving ? When I was a child , I thought the idea of watching TV on small portable screens was the stuff of science fiction – highly desirable but unlikely to happen any time soon . But it was part of our everyday lives within a couple of decades due to the revolution within the telecommunications industry . The potential for such all-consuming transformation first came to my attention in the early 1980s when I was watching a Saturday morning show for kids .
A scientist was asked during a phone-in what they thought would be the most important technological development in the coming decades . They replied that they thought phone lines could be used for much more than calls and they were excited about the prospect of computers communicating with each other .
I dismissed these ideas at the time and did not believe the humble phone line had any potential to transform both the way we live and work .
How wrong I was – but it goes to show that whatever might seem unworkable at present can soon become a reality that we all depend on . As for the future , I expect to see the dramatic expansion of the Internet of Things .
We ’ ve all read about the potential of the Tactile Internet ( sometimes known as the Internet of Touch ) where a human can wear a pair of virtual reality gloves to touch a virtual object . The gloves contain sensors on the fingers and wrists to track movement and the positioning of the hand .
Mark Bowen , Editorial Director of Lynchpin Media and Editor of Intelligent CIO North America
With the advent of more sophisticated AI and quicker network response times , the accuracy of such procedures can be expected to increase
The ability for humans to touch and reliably interact with remote or virtual objects has potentially revolutionary consequences for a whole variety of workplaces .
Such technology is being developed quietly by teams of scientific researchers and once public trust grows in such procedures , I can see the modern workplace being transformed once more .
In the meantime , we can all have a great deal of fun speculating just exactly how it will do so . x www . intelligentcxo . com