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“Work is no longer somewhere you go but something you do” is a saying that has come to define the modern workplace. The workplace has evolved dramatically to make way for an environment that supports flexibility, openness and collaboration and the reality is – we need to evolve with it.

What the modern workplace looks like

The first step to adjusting to the modern workplace is understanding the modern workplace. A lot of changes over the last decade can be attributed to the generational shift in the workforce. For Millennial and Gen Z employees, the workplace isn’t a static space limited by fixed hours and an allocated desk but one that operates anywhere, anytime and on any device. Whether travelling, with a client or working from home, the future focused employee can transform any environment into their workspace.

What drives change in the modern workplace

But the evolution of work is not just a response to this new generation, according to HP. It’s also largely driven by corporate executives across the board as a business strategy. “Businesses across industries feverishly apply the tools of digital transformation to be more efficient, more sustainable, more flexible and more secure,” writes John Geypen, PC Category Country Lead at HP.

Other trends that are also shaping the future of work include:

  • Real estate restructuring and the closure of local offices
  • Technology innovation
  • Gig economy
  • Globalisation
  • Digitalisation and new businesses
  • Shifting demographic changes

How to be productive in the modern workplace

The modern workplace is an open, flexible, and highly connected working environment in which employees enjoy mobility and offsite collaboration. For this to realise, both companies and individuals need to have the secure access to the right tools and data to fulfil their roles with speed and ease.

The way you keep secure and how you prepare for the next generation of collaboration, is imperative for your business to stay ahead of the competition. Keeping up with the pace of innovation will ultimately be what defines productivity in the modern work place.

Industry-leading products like HP’s new mobile notebooks are designed to work anytime, anywhere. The HP EliteBook for example is a notebook built to be on the go and ready for any environment to assist the modern-day employee in any given environment.

This post is sponsored by HP and produced by Brandstudio24 for Fin24.