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Targus’ IT director talks about what the future of work might mean in practice

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At the moment many organizations are talking about what the future of work might look like. This covers everything from the impact it might gave on employees’ well-being to the possibilities afforded by large quantities of accurate IoT office data. But how might this all pan out in practice? Atif Mahmood, IT Director of Targus in EMEA share his views in a lightly edited Q&A below.

What might the future of work mean in practice?

The future of work in practice will, as expected, be heavily focused around the role that technology will continue to play in enabling wider business developments.

Whether being used to enable flexible / remote working, drive digital transformation, introduce data-driven work environments or encourage heightened productivity, technology will be at the heart of businesses for many years to come.

Looking at the bigger picture, outside of just technological enhancements, the future of work will also force organizations to seek new and innovative methods of reducing costs. Doing so, however, typically means employees will be faced with a certain level of change, meaning any business transition requires tact, empathy and phasing.

Productivity will also be a key factor in driving future changes to working environments, as it relates so closely to other areas, such as the need for collaboration, retention of staff and the adoption of change.

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