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I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

For a succesful remote workplace or “office-in-the-cloud” to “stand” there are several crucial support pillars that hold up the workplace.

You have to understand what all these are in order to be able to work this way.

Let’s mention one:

Your entire team and especially the leadership team must have a high level of digital literacy, fluency and dexterity.

Digital Literacy: Digital literacy refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and clearly communicate information through typing and other media on various digital platforms. It is evaluated by an individual’s grammar, composition, typing skills and ability to produce text, images, audio and designs using technology.

Digital Fluency: The ability to select and use the appropriate digital tools and technologies to achieve a particular outcome. It goes beyond understanding what types of tools are available and moves into a zone where a person can choose the right tools based on the situation and knows how to best use them to meet the situation’s requirements.

Digital Dexterity: The ability to adapt and adopt existing and emerging technologies in a particular field to produce better results for the organization.

Without these skills working from anywhere will be a painful experience and the urge to get back in-person strong.

On a scale of 1-10 what is your teams digital literacy, fluency and dexterity?