Digital Work Environment

Artificial intelligence, home office, Industry 4.0 – the way we work is changing significantly in light of the digital transformation. Digital technologies lead to new forms of interaction between humans and machines in the work environment and everyday life. This changes how we collaborate, communicate, and make decisions. However, to leverage this digital potential, we need first to understand it.


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Digitalisation and the future of work

The discussion about how we will work in the future often carries many uncertainties. How do we shape the successful cooperation of humans and machines in the work environment? In this interview, Dr. Christoph Egle, Managing Director at the bidt, explores potential conflicts and offers solutions about how to counter them.

Generative AI is changing the working environment

The increasing use of generative AI is also having an impact on the working environment. The majority of internet-using employees assume that all or some of their professional activities will become redundant due to the use of generative AI (47%). However, almost as many do not expect their activities to become redundant (43%). This is shown by the bidt study “Distribution and acceptance of generative AI in Germany and in German workplaces“.

52 %

What about the home office? Given the current energy crisis, do professionals prefer to go back to the office to save on heating and electricity costs at home? The results of a recent bidt survey show that the use of home office has increased. In October 2022, 52 per cent of the survey’s participants named a better work-life balance the main reason for working from home.

Industry 4.0

In the wake of the digital transformation, we are experiencing another industrial revolution, with digitalisation profoundly changing the entire value chain, networking being the crucial buzzword. New means of communication connect people, machines, and sensors, enabling them to communicate and self-organize. In this context, the role of human operators is changing towards becoming a part of strategic decision-making and flexible problem-solving.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Director of the Institute for Digital Management and New Media, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Ulrike Mendel

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Sociology Technology – Labor – Society, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Antonia Schlude

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Dr. Roland A. Stürz

Head of Think Tank, bidt

Christian Stumpf

Researcher Think Tank, bidt