In this Acceleration Economy Growth Swarm, John Siefert, Bob Evans, Tony Uphoff, and Scott Vaughan have a conversation about the future of work, as remote and hybrid environments are becoming the norm.
02:45 — John details experiences with managing remote teams and key lessons learned. Chief among these lessons is hiring the best people to do the jobs that are most important for your company, regardless of where they live.
04:20 — Those with experience in national or international roles that involved traveling the country and operating outside of an office have a better grasp of today’s hybrid work environment. Successfully pivoting to remote work can potentially save a business.
06:21 — Today’s CEOs must adapt to new work environments or risk losing talent to more flexible companies. Bob expresses that the role of a CEO, today, is to establish a company culture that adapts to the present circumstances.
08:11 — There are still old-fashioned companies wanting to physically see people at desks, count heads, and track the number of hours that someone comes in. Adopting technologies that enable remote work shows clearly when people are working and the impact of their daily work.
09:05 — Collaboration can still occur in hybrid, flexible environments. Scott argues against a strict in-office-only mentality. The modern workplace requires more than a blanket attendance policy.
12:37 — Different roles might have different in-office requirements, raising a potential fairness issue. Expectations should be fair and made clear to every role.
14:19 — John and Scott dig deeper into industries lending themselves to more remote work. The introduction of telehealth and telecare show even industries without an endemic fit for remote work can still adapt. Doctors and nurses are better able to perform their designed functions through improved telehealth practices.
17:37 —John describes the ripple effect the pandemic had on retail and e-commerce.
18:33 — The state of manufacturing is a high-tech, robotics-driven environment. The pandemic forced the adoption of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation in response to supply chain issues.
22:09 — Cloud Wars Expo will have sessions on supply chain issues and sustainability within the context of a supply chain. Bob examines SAP’s unification of the supply chain and demand as well as how intelligent, customer-driven decisions are causing further innovation. The Metaverse presents a new way for companies to create value by bringing interactions to the customer.
25:33 — An entirely mandate-driven company won’t work for employees or companies anymore. Cloud Wars Expo will explore new perspectives and expectations of work in the present environment.
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