Our Future of Work vision is a workplace document editor that flags any communication found to include questionable tone or content
“1…2…3…4…5…” Since our schoolyard days, we’ve been told that by silently counting to ten, we can quell anger and prevent impulsive outbursts. However, in today’s fast-paced work climate, ten seconds is a luxury few employees can afford, and so many of us find ourselves tripping over a misconstrued, badly worded, or downright aggressive emails that can lead to a toxic atmosphere between coworkers. Granted we are only human, prone to making communication mistakes and faux pas, but unprofessional language or even sharing unwarranted content can cause lasting ripples in even the best environments. As illustrated in the Future of Work, the latest report by PSFK Labs, cross-team collaboration is a key component of the future workplace. Ensuring that it never sours will require automated processes to mitigate the demands of the modern workplace, especially where communication is concerned.
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Inspired by the 10 strategies to develop a new era of internal leadership found inside the Future of Work report, PSFK will present boundary-pushing product and workplace visions that reimagine how teams can onboard employees, expand the office, and prevent miscommunication.
The Doc-U-Lok Document Editor is a plugin that prevents toxic messages from bleeding through communication channels by analyzing language and providing suggestions for alternative phrasing instantly. Doc-U-Lok uses pattern recognition to understand the context of a message before notifying the writer when the send button is pressed that it should be reviewed prior to sending.
Like an app lock that prevents a user from sending a drunken text, Doc-U-Lok flags aggressive language or potential use of unauthorized information, and prompts the writer for extra review. Once the editor’s specifications have been met, it grants them access to sending privileges.
“Mike, why the hell are these numbers not approved!?” can seem like a reasonable question to ask when deadlines are looming and company sales goals are at stake, however, within the context of a stressful day and a deluge of emails, aggressive phrasing could snowball into unnecessary arguments that will certainly impede workplace efficiency and productivity, and ultimately won’t bring the parties involved any closer to resolving the problem.
In 2015, an average of 122 business emails were sent and received per user per day, and that number is expected to rise to 126 by 2019—that’s a lot of opportunities for angry email to slip through. Doc-U-Lok automates the communication review process in a scalable and sustainable way, helping organizations improve their work culture, despite an ever-growing and ever-more demanding work inbox.
Read PSFK’s six workplace visions in the Future of Work report.
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