Decisions about which technology to invest in and when, therefore, become critical. Whereas in the past, the CEO’s instinct was a decisive factor, now data is central, or should be, provided organisations can be sure of its quality and integrity.
The key is to have systems that deliver a single version of the truth so that all senior executives have the same credible data. This should simplify decision-making and ensure consensus. It’s then for the organisation to determine which of its business leaders are to make the decisions.
This relates to another of the challenges of digital transformation – attracting the right people. Excelling in recruitment will revolve around having an employer brand and employee value proposition fit for the digital era.
Keeping talented employees requires real effort to create and maintain an attractive and dynamic, but responsive business culture. That could mean using a very data-driven approach. Employees accustomed to monitoring health or fitness on phone apps, for example, may respond well to regular access to workplace data illustrating their progress towards goals. They are likely to take more responsibility for career development. Each organisation must take care to get it right, always bearing in mind the firm evidence that happier employees are more productive. Technology is also a great advantage for senior managers, who can achieve hard, evidenced-based insight into employee performance.
All the points discussed above are considered in greater detail in the delaware Future of Work Whitepaper. But in summary we can stress the vital importance of having a single version of the truth that is available to all decision-makers. And while automation delivers benefits, the wider impact on the business must be examined. Employees need to feel engaged in digital transformation, and recruitment must ensure the right talent is locked into the business, strengthening its DNA. This is how organisations will excel at transforming the future of work.