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Platform and function

Will Hale, Northern European Leader at work management company, highlights two trends shaping today’s hybrid working world

After almost two years of hybrid working, work platforms will become the norm with regards to how we work.

“The pandemic has been a real catalyst for changing the way the entire world works. The terms ‘flexible’ and ‘hybrid’ are now mainstream and have evolved to give employees more control and flexibility over their day. However, the flexible and hybrid working we know now is not the same as it was in the early days of 2020.

“To cope with the overnight shift in ways of working, businesses cobbled together a few tools to get work done; Zoom for meetings; Outlook for email; Google Docs for editing, etc. But now, enterprises are realising they need a centralised platform or operating system within which all work can happen, no matter its nature or scope. As we enter the third year of pandemic-era work, we’ll see even more adoption of these types of systems to accelerate platformed collaboration.”

2022 will be the year of no-code and (very) low-code working.

“Low-code and no-code are not new concepts to the tech industry – they have been around for over a decade in some shape or form. Historically, the application of code to products has remained the territory of IT or at least people/teams with some technical experience. However, in recent years, the opportunity to use no-code and low-code tools has opened up to include regular business users. If you look at the likes of WordPress or Canva, they produce high quality content that requires no technical skill.

“Low-code and no-code builds are set to become even more mainstream in 2022. In the world of work, teams will no longer buy pre-fab tools and platforms, but instead choose those that give them the flexibility to design the workflows and processes they want, customised to the nature and breadth of their work and teams. It is this ability to work your own way that will allow teams to define the next generation of distributed work.”

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