Happy Friday everyone, another exciting week is almost over!
Here is our Weekly roundup to keep you updated on what’s been shaking the Tech and Internal Comms world this week. But before we jump right into it, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications, share it with us and we’ll feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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In addition to the digital tools entering the workplace now, several technologies and trends on the horizon have the potential to further transform the way we work and interact with others.
With digital technologies, teams can work efficiently, collaborate easily, and tap into resources instantly and from anywhere. Yet even with these advances, workers still want more of a consumerized experience — more choice, more convenience and more connectivity. To meet these demands, IT must shift from a mind-set of monitoring quality of service to actively monitoring quality of experience, predicting potential failures, and providing easy-to-use, self-service and self-healing capabilities.
In this dynamic, many countries already consider internet connectivity a basic right, on a par with water and electricity. As users, we’ve known this to be true for a long time. The so-called six degrees of separation that connect all living things is getting tighter, and we recognize the value of community more than ever. Instead of researching a topic, we now look for people working in similar fields or facing similar challenges and create an ad hoc community to complete the task.
Is your company ready to face these challenges and seize the opportunities that lie here?
Even as UK startups face an uncertain future post-Brexit, there are some that are doing particularly well. Data released by Dealroom.co earlier this year showed the country’s startups had raised £818 million in the first quarter of 2017 – a slight dip from 2016 but an increase on the previous three quarters. The most popular sectors include fintech, mobile and software-as-a-service as well sub-sectors like robotics and drones. Which are those startups that have come out on top so far in 2017?
From autonomous delivery robots designed to deliver small packages to a platform that allows anyone to build massive agent-based simulations; from a cibersecurity system that uses machine learning to detect and stop attacks, to an e-commerce platform for craft product, the opportunities in the UK to create a disruptive company are still endless!
Corporate recruiters and headhunters spend an exorbitant amount of time and effort to recruit diverse talent. Even when organisations are serious about diversity– as with an ever growing number of companies – it is not enough to merely push for more diversity. By merely creating diverse teams without appropriate organisational and managerial interventions, companies run the risk of never materialising on the actual benefits of diversity. The glue that holds diversity together is inclusion; the way to unlock the true potential of diversity is inclusion!
The benefits of diversity have been well documented. Diversity means variety. While most organisations are focused on increasing gender diversity in their workforce, diversity can take many shapes and forms: gender diversity, ethnicity, educational background, professional experience, personality attributes (introverts versus extroverts), age and generational variety.
What are the benefits of such diversity? Diversity allows for different perspectives and viewpoints. These perspectives fuel creativity and lead to innovation. With a diverse workforce, global organisations can also mirror their increasingly diverse customer base and are better equipped to anticipate and serve customer needs globally. In short, diversity promises a competitive advantage for those companies which implement it!
Before a significant change, an organization needs to prepare and evolve its communications strategy to match the expectations of an incoming CEO, evaluate new technologies to keep up with best practices, and ensure that you are keenly aware of what works best to reach your audiences.
Internal communications will have the most impactful and immediate effect on employees’ impressions, concerns, and support during any major change. This can be exciting, but also worrisome for many. It’s important that employees hear “the what” with a strong understanding of “the why” for what lies ahead.
The most important information should be pushed out via email, while more ongoing or “evergreen” news may be best served on a long-term platform such as the intranet. Getting the right message to the right audience on the right platform is key!
Apple is widely expected to launch new iPhones in September. There’s been a ton of speculation and reports about the upcoming iPhone, including that it’ll be redesigned.
The pressure is on Apple, too! It’s the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, launched in 2007, and the company is expected to have some big plans to mark the occasion. Wall Street analysts hope the new iPhone drives a “supercycle” of sales and propels Apple to become the first trillion-dollar publicly traded company. Apple rarely comments on upcoming products, but some code from Apple suggests some of the rumors may be accurate. But what do we exactly know about the upcoming iPhone today?
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the Beem Team