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Quiet Mode: Setting Boundaries at Work with Technology

The traditional office environment — crowded with cubicles and clunky desk phones — is no longer the norm. The emergence of digital transformation has created a world where work is no longer a place, but an action. In this new era, the most successful organizations understand that IT leaders must keep up with inevitable workforce shifts and incorporate the right technology to ease the transition from work’s past to its future. 

But the adoption of new communication tools creates an always-on workforce that can leave organizations in uncharted territory. For example, the rise of the mobile-first workforce is a side effect of digital transformation that workers across the globe are quickly adopting. In fact, mobile devices are replacing desktops and legacy office systems rapidly with 88 percent of workers using smartphones on a daily basis. Because of this, employees are increasingly using their traditionally personal devices as their new work hubs. 

While a mobile-first approach presents opportunities for organizations to embrace the benefits of flexible work, it also unveils subsequent challenges to learning how to maneuver communication in a brand new workforce landscape.

Finding balance between work and life 

As our phones become an all-inclusive device, powering both personal and professional communications, we are now available 24 hours a day. Carrying work around in your back pocket can seem like the ultimate convenience to work efficiently wherever the day takes you, regardless of how far you venture from the office. However, when an organization accelerates into the mobile workforce without the right tools, hyperconnectivity can quickly impact work-life balance. 

With mobility at the forefront of our flexible work strategy, the Fuze platform is designed for modern workers with features like Quiet Mode. These small but mighty tools ingrain a culture of setting boundaries at work to support a healthy balance between the professional and personal. 

Technology designed to support the modern worker 

The era of mobile work requires organizations to strategize around an increasingly exhausted workforce that supports workers both outside of work and during their most productive hours. Quiet mode enables workers to personalize their daily, weekly and monthly schedules to better segment their work and personal lives with automatic status updates. Clearly communicating work preferences, including the hours you are offline, sets purposeful boundaries to take the uninterrupted time you need off of work and to feel as productive as possible when you sign back on. 

Enabling individuals to control when they want to be available greatly affects autonomy in work-life balance, ultimately creating a healthy work environment across an organization. As quickly as a status is set, it can be removed to sign back on to work in full force. This tool takes away the hassle of explaining your whereabouts by informing colleagues and teams attempting to reach you while away, that you are unavailable and will not provide an immediate response. As a company embedded in supporting the needs of the modern workforce, Fuze creates technical features like these to take technology one step further to develop a healthy work culture for workers navigating digital transformation.  

Organizations are successful when workers feel like their work style and ideas are heard and supported. You can learn more about features like Quiet Mode by visiting our product page. 

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Amanda Maksymiw

Amanda Maksymiw

Amanda is responsible for setting and managing the Fuze content marketing strategy including creating, producing and publishing engaging content. Throughout her career, she's worked with fast-growing tech companies and VCs on developing content marketing, influencer marketing and social media strategies. Amanda received her BBA in Marketing from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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