The modern workplace: how IT and HR are driving modern culture, together

Posted by Rebecca Ney on Dec 4, 2018 12:01:00 PM
Rebecca Ney

The modern workplace: how IT and HR are driving modern culture, together

Today we have 24/7 access to email and mobile phones, but that is not enough. Businesses are constantly looking for more secure, efficient and productive ways of working, but they also want to engage and retain key staff. Young, top talent are pushing to be able to work when they want, and where they want, the businesses that provide that flexibility stand a better chance of retaining them. The days of a traditional 9 to 5 job, stuck in a single office are well and truly over… welcome to ‘the modern workplace’.

According to The 2018 Deloitte Millennial SurveyAustralian millennial's believe culture is more important than money with 67% rating a positive work environment as the most important consideration when choosing a new employer (compared to 52% globally). Financial rewards/benefits ranked second (63% in Australia and globally) and flexibility came in as third most important (by 55% in Australia and 50% globally).

With that in mind, there are challenges that need to be overcome by many businesses in order to attract and retain the generation that will soon make up the bulk of the Australian workforce.

Recently, we published a white paper The modern workplace: How IT and HR are driving modern culture, together which explores the benefits that come from combining people and technology to achieve efficiencies, build a better company culture and create or maintain a competitive edge.

As Lee Booy, Chief Technology Officer, The Missing Link states “For us, the modern workplace is an ideal blend of people and technology. It’s about letting employees take advantage of the incredible new tools available today to work and collaborate in new and productive ways.”

Developed after round table sessions earlier in the year, our newest white paper explores the reality of a modern workplace in Australia today, along with the ability for tools and technology to enable change.

Increasingly, HR teams are experiencing challenges due to globalisation and the mobile nature of modern workforces, but when planned and implemented correctly technology can assist in resolving issues that come from this kind of cultural change:

  • Measurement of employee performance
  • Monitoring staff wellbeing
  • Loss of face-to-face time

Businesses that create and execute on a digital transformation strategy are better able to meet the needs of a changing workforce, particularly millennial's who are well known for their desire to truly love their jobs and who come with high expectations around how they will be enabled to complete their work. Leah Tinker, Senior HR Business Partner, Microsoft Australia notes “Young tech professionals say they would actually take extensive pay cuts if it meant that they could work at home. That’s huge. They’re looking for flexibility; they’re looking to make an impact; and they want to work wherever they want, whenever they want. It’s not just about being in the office. It’s actually about when you work, too.”

How do you achieve success?

It’s clear that for any modern workplace to be successful, key cultural characteristics – things like trust, teamwork, a growth mindset, innovation, learning from mistakes – must come to the fore. When HR and IT teams work together, these elements can be leveraged to achieve a holistic business transformation.

Download your free copy of The modern workplace: How IT and HR are driving modern culture, together to learn more or reach out to start a conversation.


Rebecca Ney

Marketing Manager


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