The Digital Workplace

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on February 28, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Conversation practice on the topic of “the digital workplace” is a great topic for advanced level English learners as it not only helps them improve their overall level of English but also prepares them for the realities of modern-day workplaces. With the increasing prevalence of technology in the workplace, it is important for learners to have a good command of the language used in digital contexts.

Engaging in conversation topics like this allows learners to improve their listening and speaking skills, as well as their ability to understand and use technical vocabulary related to the digital workplace. Additionally, learners can also develop critical thinking skills as they discuss the implications of technology on the workplace and society as a whole.

About The Digital Workplace

The digital workplace refers to the use of technology to facilitate and enhance work processes in a modern-day workplace. It involves the integration of various digital tools such as cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, and big data analytics to support communication, collaboration and productivity among employees.

In a digital workplace, employees can work remotely and have access to information and resources through digital channels. This not only increases efficiency but also creates new challenges in terms of security, data management, and privacy protection. To thrive in a digital workplace, employees need to have advanced technical skills, be able to adapt to new technologies, and collaborate effectively with colleagues.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • Digital transformation (noun)
  • Cybersecurity (noun)
  • Remotely (adverb)
  • Collaborate (verb)
  • Intranet (noun)
  • To think outside the box (idiom)
  • Automate (verb)
  • Effectively (adverb)

Conversation Questions

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  • How has technology transformed the way we work?
  • What skills are necessary for success in a digital workplace?
  • How has social media impacted the workplace?
  • What steps can companies take to ensure the security of their digital assets?
  • Do you think that the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will ultimately be beneficial or harmful to workers?
  • How has digital communication changed the way we collaborate at work?
  • Would you say that the use of digital tools and platforms in the workplace has improved or worsened work-life balance?
  • What challenges do remote workers face, and how can they be addressed?
  • In your opinion, should companies be required to provide employees with digital tools and devices, or should employees be responsible for their own?
  • What ethical considerations should companies be aware of when using data analytics?
  • In your opinion, should companies be required to disclose how they use employee data?
  • How can digital tools and platforms be used to improve employee engagement and satisfaction?
  • Do you think that the digital divide (the gap in digital access and skills between different groups) is a major problem in the workplace?
  • How important is user experience (UX) in the design of digital tools and platforms?
  • In your opinion, should social media use be restricted in the workplace?
  • From your point of view, should companies be allowed to monitor employees' digital activity?
  • How did the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift towards a digital workplace?
  • In your opinion, should companies require employees to work on-site, or should they have the option to work remotely?
  • How can companies ensure that their employees are digitally literate?
  • How has automation impacted the workforce, and what are the implications for the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.