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“.

In Germany working from home has fallen slightly compared to the previous year, but remains at a high level: according to a recent survey by bidt, 48 percent of employees work from home at least occasionally. At the same time, employee satisfaction is at an all-time high: 92 percent of respondents who work from home are satisfied with their situation. One reason for this could be more flexibility in the choice of work location.

Digital twin

Technological progress enables players in the economy to create digital twins of their physical production, processes and production facilities. In their simplest form, these allow information to be synchronized between the twin and the original. In more complex applications, these twins process information or even generate new information based on simulations.

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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