It’s been almost a year since the pandemic started. The biggest change for us – like many of you – has been adopting or refining policies and tech to make a digital workplace work. Think of your digital workplace and the platforms, tools and environments you use for work now. Who would have thought we could launch widespread digital transformation in the course of a few months?
In this issue, we answer the top questions we’re hearing about the future of working from home. We also look ahead at the trends that will influence our “new normal.” Don’t miss the story on the next steps for digital transformation – and the one number you can look at right now to see how likely you are to succeed. It’s a great issue and one I hope you’ll share with others – just forward this email containing the link.
Last year, we were learning the names of our coworkers’ pets and how to use Zoom backgrounds. This year we’re learning how to use our momentum to drive even greater digital transformation. How optimistic are you feeling about your progress? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Let’s continue the conversation via email or with a call.
What have we learned from our work from home experience?
For years, we’ve had an office in Arlington. The nature of our consulting work means that on any given day staff members were traveling or on-site with our clients, but our office still felt like home base. Until Covid.
We ramped up remote operations pretty quickly using the tools we already had in place; however, we didn’t expect that we would still be working in guest-rooms and basements a year later. As we, like many of you, look toward a time when we could return to the office, the question remains: Should we? DTS leadership weighs in on that question and many of others we get about working from home.
As answered by Edward Tuorinsky and Brian Sims
Will remote work become the rule or the exception?
Is a permanent remote workforce sustainable? Is it desirable?
What digital workplace tools and policies do we still need to figure out?
What is the impact of the digital workplace on employee well-being?
Trends for the Next Normal
The pandemic has forced the type of workplace experimentation that would have taken years, if not decades, to happen. This year, it’s our job to determine what works best and how to carry on. Since people are the heart of any organization, we looked to HR for the trends that will shape the future of our workplace:
- Employee Wellbeing
- Workplace Transformation
- Mental Health Investments
- Talent Mobility
- People Analytics Used to Solve Business Problems
Read the full story for details and more trends that will impact our new normal.
How to Succeed at Digital Transformation
Having to make changes in the last year reveled just how “siloed” many organizations have become. Silos for processes, technology, data, culture, strategy, structures, skill sets, and managerial mindsets. These older business models are barriers to change, and an organization with even three or four such silos has an uphill climb when it comes to digital transformation.
Research has shown, however, that the one factor that distinguishes organizations who succeed at transformation efforts: They invest early in digital talent.
Learn what happens to those who a slow to adopt digital transformation in the full article from the London Schools of Economics.
Service in the Spotlight
DTS helps organizations respond to daunting challenges, like digital transformation. We are poised to help federal agencies move through the final steps of transformation, eliminating paper and rethinking processes, ensuring cybersecurity, and embracing digital technology. We understand that for many this fundamental change can be difficult, with deep roots in culture. Our modular process, which begins with fast fixes and early wins, helps ease bigger shifts and inspire stakeholders. We help drive productivity and agility while improving both the customer and employee experience. Want to know more? Read our Defense Health Agency case study.
DTS continues to follow CMMC updates very closely, and commits to providing this information to our clients in plain language, with actionable take-aways.
- The CMMC Pilot Program (Year 1 CMMC Contracts) will include contracts from:
Army, Navy, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Logistics Agency
- The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD (A&S)) is exploring opportunities to pursue CMMC pilots outside of the DoD to include: GSA, DHS, and possibly the Department of Interior
DTS RECOMMENDS: CMMC is still a DoD program but they are “welcoming participation” from other agencies. This news makes it even more of an imperative for contractors to have a long-term cybersecurity strategy in place – AND to forecast and budget for continuous upgrades and training to mature their practices. Until October 1, 2025, CMMC requirements will only be included in new acquisitions with the approval of OUSD(A&S)/OCISO(A&S).
Read all current News and Recommendations.
In the NewsIf you’ve been thinking about how to navigate challenges this year, the answer might be rooted in your values. Forbes recently featured an article by Edward Tuorinsky, Forbes Councils Member titled Three Values That Will Define Successful Leaders In 2021.
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