How to boost your digital agility

Growing your company’s social media, installing a collaborative platform, developing web applications, using new terminals (tablets and smartphones), migrating services to instant messaging… There are endless digital transformation projects to consider when it comes to business. We need to be able to adapt in order to comfortably and efficiently use the technology required for our work. Employees must be able to use a variety of technologies, appropriately and efficiently across various spaces, locations and situations, so that they can access information, get creative, innovate, problem-solve, communicate, participate, learn, and support others, to name but a few examples!

Tools and practices are quickly evolving, meaning that learning is an ongoing and necessary process. It’s important to learn through experience.

Digital agility covers six key domains:

  1. Productivity and mastering digital tools:  Being able to use your computer, a tablet, smartphone, webcam and software to create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, to edit images or to manage a project. It’s also a question of knowing how to use a calendar and email, as well as social media and video-calling tools to communicate; Downloading files and software/applications, making payments online, managing security and confidentiality settings on your devices.

  2. Managing information, data and media: This covers mastering ways of researching, assessing and using information (text, images, video and audio, and also figures, tables, graphics and statistics), being able to judge whether the information that you’ve found is reliable and trustworthy. It’s also important to understand copyrights for information, images, audio and video that you find, and to be able to reference others’ work to avoid plagiarism. Finally, you need to know how to organise this information, so that you can easily find it again, as well as being able to share files and make sure that your personal data is secure.

  3. Digital creation, problem-solving and innovation

    Understanding the process or the ability to create new digital material (written documents, imagery, audio, or video for all, and coding, applications, interfaces, and websites for some). The ability to: Use digital evidence to solve problems and respond to questions; Collect and gather new evidence; Assess the quality and value of evidence, and share evidence and results. Finally, the ability to adopt and develop new ideas or new practices with digital technology in various contexts (personal and organisational, social and professional).

  4. Digital communication, collaboration and participation

    The ability to: Efficiently communicate in media and digital spaces, such as forums and social media; Participate in teams and digital working groups; Ensure efficient collaboration through shared digital media and tools; Use shared tools; Work efficiently across cultural, social and linguistic borders, creating positive connections and making contacts; Share and amplify messages through networks; Behave safely and ethically.

  5. Learning and digital development
    The ability to: Participate (and benefit from) digital learning opportunities; Identify and use learning resources; Take part in dialogues, and manage your time and tasks.

  6. Digital identity and well-being
    This covers the ability to: Manage your digital reputation (personal or professional) through platforms; Create and maintain digital profiles. Also to be considered is the ability to take care of your health, safety, and work/life balance.