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UK companies best at adapting to the ‘Future of Work’

Dell Technologies and VMware have unveil the findings from a survey into how European organisations are approaching the ‘Future of Work’ and the role of technology in aiding transformation in the workplace.

The results reveal that only 29% of European organisations have successfully established a Future of Work strategy – a holistic and integrated approach to empower a company and its workers with the latest innovations and concepts.

The study surveyed full-time employees from small, medium and large businesses across the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the businesses identified as “Future of Work determined organisations” (FDOs – companies that have established a Future of Work strategy), the top initiative currently underway (50%) is the implementation of training programs to bring employees up to speed with the latest digital skill requirements. Almost half of FDOs consider employee productivity as a critical driver in the transformation of their workplace.

However, driving the workplace of the future isn’t just the improvement of digital skills but also the working environment itself. 46% agreed that redesigning the office space for smarter working is an integral programme presently taking place, and France is leading the way with well over half of organisations in the country driving renovations.

Working styles have continued to evolve, and European FDOs have acknowledged this and are adapting. 48% of European businesses have created security policies that benefit contemporary working styles such as flexible and remote working. The UK is leading the charge with two-thirds of Britain-based companies demonstrating a strong resolve to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the European workforce.

“There are great examples of companies who have adopted a holistic approach to the Future of Work and their success highlights the importance of this approach to today’s workforce. More European companies need to consider this enterprise-wide strategy,” said Therese Cooney, senior vice president, Client Solutions Group, Dell Technologies.

“The future workplace shouldn’t be created to solely fit the needs of the company, but also the people who drive it. We need to equip employees with the right digital skills, technology and security safeguards in an environment which helps them grow and succeed with improved collaboration, productivity and flexibility.”

“Prospective employees today are more selective than ever when it comes to deciding where they want to work, which means companies need to transform their workplaces to attract, retain and empower top talent,” added Kristine Dahl Steidel, vice president, End User Computing, VMware EMEA.

“Employees are at the heart of the digital transformation that is changing the future of work and companies that provide an employee experience that boosts flexibility, mobility and productivity are managing to increase their performance and overall success.”

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