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The Metaverse and the Future of Work

In our latest issue a review of a paper on “The Future of Work in the Digital Transformation” by the “acatech” discussion series was published.

You can look into the paper by following this link:

https://www.acatech.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/acatech_DISKUSSION_HR-Kreis_engl_01.pdf

Now we want to set the cybaLOUNGE platform in a context to the key messages and describe further what we can provide to and how we can support organizations in the process of digital transformation. The three key messages agility, lifelong learning and co-determination are also described as key indicators, which will determine how organizations are able to adapt to changes in the field of work.

Author: Vinzenz Zehmisch

1) Support of Agility  

Agility is defined within the paper as “the ability of a company’s organisa­tion and decision-makers to respond rapidly and flexibly to new customer requirements, technological developments and com­petitors (…)”.

To support this ability, the Metaverse School GmbH can provide several solutions to increase competitiveness, flexible working arrangements, use of tools for feedback and to decrease obstacles for working with freelancers.

Since the cybaLOUNGE platform promotes easy access and great usability, the platform can be used with almost any device, runs on all the mayor browsers, supports virtual reality and is accessible without downloading any client, organizations can use the platform for many purposes. As an example, a workshop room, or as we call them a “location”, can be set up, in which employees in the office, employees, who work remote, and freelancers are able to work together on a project, just by clicking on one HTML link. In the workshop location itself, everyone can communicate via VoIP, display information and develop their ideas together. So, nobody is bound to a physical space and meetings can be set up faster than in the real world. The workshop location itself is persistent, so every progress made, is still available the next time. Tools for feedback can also be implemented, so an immediate feedback system can deliver valuable data.    

2) Support of Lifelong Learning

As employees are valuable assets, an organization, that is encouraging their employees to learn and to develop over the whole circle of their work life, is better prepared for future changes.

Lifelong learning can be enhanced by digital solutions on the cybaLOUNGE platform. Virtual universities, classrooms, trainings under the guidance of a tutor or teacher can be implemented into the learning curriculum of an organization. In these locations you can display and store information, write, interact, participate on polls and much more. Also, interactive trainings are an option, where participants can increase their knowledge and skills on their own. Digital solutions for these learning opportunities and the necessary features are already developed by our team and ready for action.

3) Development of company-level co-determination

To react and adapt to market changes organizations need to involve their employees and increase the level of co-determination.

To boost the level of co-determination, one of the key messages is to promote an agile workplace equipment and the use of flexible IT tools. With the cybaLOUNGE technology users can access a location on the platform from anywhere, work together on products and can use the digital tools they are accustomed to. For example, all Google Docs & Spreadsheets, lots of websites and much more can be displayed and worked on by every user in the location in real time. As stated above, the rooms are persistent so data in the location remains the same.

Throughout the last year we developed a lot of products, like a virtual recruiting center, that will allow organizations and users in the future to participate in new forms of digital work. Visit our homepage to learn more.

Citation: Jacobs, J. C./Kagermann, H./Spath, D. (Eds.): Work in the Digital Transformation – Agility, Lifelong Learning and the Role of Employers and Works Councils in Changing Times. A paper by the acatech and Jacobs Foundation Human Resources Working Group – Forum for HR Directors on the Future of Work (acatech DISCUSSION), Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag 2017.

Review: The Future of Work in the Digital Transformation

Agility, Lifelong Learning and the Role of Employers and Works Councils in Changing Times

The “acatech” – National Academy of Science and Engineering, is a Germany based working academic institution, that provides advice to policymakers and the general public on strategic issues relating to the technological sciences and technology policy. The paper, published in April 2017, with the subtitle “Agility, Lifelong Learning and the Role of Employers and Work Councils in Changing Times”, will be reviewed in this post and set in a context to the cybaLOUNGE platform.

You can look into the paper by following this link:

https://www.acatech.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/acatech_DISKUSSION_HR-Kreis_engl_01.pdf

The publication is intended as a discussion, to provide new ideas for changes in the field of work to come. The three main aspects or key indicators are, as stated in the title, 1) agility, 2) lifelong learning and 3) development of company-level co-determination. The chapters on these key indicators are enriched with status quos, how-tos, use-cases, research, examples and summaries, respectively key messages to ensure a better insight.  

Author: Vinzenz Zehmisch

As the digital transformation is setting off to change how work will be seen, the authors of the paper have identified three key indicators, which will be summarized subsequently.

1) Agility

Agility is defined within the paper as “the ability of a company’s organisa­tion and decision-makers to respond rapidly and flexibly to new customer requirements, technological developments and com­petitors (…)”. As a result, five key messages for shaping an organisation by using an agile working model are listed:

  • Increase competitiveness, productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Facilitate new flexible working time arrangements
  • Remove obstacles to working with freelancers
  • Promote individual employee skills management
  • Use new feedback tools to strengthen performance management

2) Lifelong Learning

As employees are seen as “responsible adults” and as such a valuable asset, they should have the opportunity learn and develop over the whole circle of their work life. The scope of lifelong learning lies within organizations and employees and points out how digitalization can support this process.

  • Take advantage of the opportunities offered by digi­talisation
  • Work together to maintain employees’ ability to per­form their duties and their employability
  • Promote autonomy and self-reliance through person­alised solutions
  • Leave lifelong learning in the hands of the company
  • Enhance more flexible regulations
  • Support the efforts of companies and employees

3) Development of company-level co-determination

To shape an organization according to the needs of digital transformation company-level co-determination inherits a key role, to improve the chance to adapt and react quickly and effective to new market conditions. The following key messages are thought as impulses to optimize this process.

  • Develop a modern understanding of co-determination
  • Adapt to the requirements of different organisational forms, employee groups and real-world cultures
  • Promote the flexible introduction of IT tools and agile workplace equipment
  • Allow experimentation to facilitate controlled change
  • Involve employees in the work of the social partners
  • Recognise the new market conditions and faster rate of change as success factors
  • Accelerate processes and be bolder about using agile methods
  • Establish a legal basis for faster decision-making

Significance of these aspects for the cybaLOUNGE platform

The cybaLOUNGE platform can support organizations in all of these three aspects by providing infrastructure and solutions for communication, collaboration, training, etc. In the field of agility, organizations can be provided with internal virtual workshop rooms to enhance flexible working arrangements and to remove obstacles of working with freelancers. To promote lifelong learning, virtual training courses can be implemented in the development of human resources. Also, to improve the level of co-determination in international organizations, flexible tools for IT are available, which support a enhanced participation for every stakeholder, no matter where he or she is located.

Read in our next issue in detail how we intend to do this.

Citation: Jacobs, J. C./Kagermann, H./Spath, D. (Eds.): Work in the Digital Transformation – Agility, Lifelong Learning and the Role of Employers and Works Councils in Changing Times. A paper by the acatech and Jacobs Foundation Human Resources Working Group – Forum for HR Directors on the Future of Work (acatech DISCUSSION), Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag 2017.