With society never being more connected than what we are today, technology tends to get a bad rep. We all know how it can encroach on our personal lives and deplete our time and productivity, but what about how it can serve us positively in the workplace? Technology can improve a number of employee relations, and yet employers prefer to stay in the dark ages and resist the possibilities only to the detriment of their dutiful staff. If you are looking to radicalise the way your employees work and communicate, here are some ways and reasons you can see this happen.
outsource roles and responsibilities
You no longer need to fill an office to
get things done. You can outsource roles to agencies or contractors, using
technology as a way to carry out that role and responsibility. You can consider
this if you have a team who have too much on their plate, or if you would
prefer to keep a smaller team onsite and outsource the nitty-gritty.
Outsourcing serves so many budgetary and structural purposes. We are seeing
this a lot with payroll service providers who are forging the way and allowing businesses
to be more agile in their approach to task management and employee relations.
If your financial structure is stagnant and unproductive, despite the inflated
headcount, review these outsourced services and have a play with some
hypothetical structures to see if this could be viable for you.
Communication, or lack thereof, is a huge
contributor to employees feeling out of touch and disengaged. Technology goes a
long way in aiding a disjointed team, with so many workflow applications allowing for instant and valuable communication, which can diminish
that all too familiar feeling of being overwhelmed. While each of these
platforms offer their own unique look and feel, most provide instant chat, task
management, task collaboration and the ability to let your team know that you
are in the zone and not looking to be interrupted. Before you choose a
platform, gauge the interest and do a couple of trials before you commit to one
Career advancements and development
opportunities arise at every performance review, with employees wanting to
level up and insisting their employers provide this opportunity. Sound
familiar? Technology can assist with this desire, and many employers elect to
partner with training institutions who offer all staff online modules, like
Harvard Business School Online. Before you choose a training provider, make
sure you determine how many employees can use the platform, how long the courses stay live for and the
format of the courses. Extra points if the training materialises into an
accredited certificate or qualification.
You might think that technology
contradicts a work/life balance, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Management
can encourage their team to be more active before, during and after work by
using apps that track the number of steps taken each day. You can even have different
departments challenging one another with the winner being the highest number of
combined steps. You can also interact with your teams online, and have them
sign up to work events, charity, and even connect based on lifestyle
circumstances. This can be particularly effective if you have a workforce that
is a blended mix of age, culture and lifestyle (kids, no kids, etc). Workplaces
that facilitate family BBQ’s and recreational activities are workplaces that
people want to stay with and succeed in.
Make this the year you embrace technology
and strive toward a more connected working environment. Prioritising employee
relations can only serve your greater business goals, and will give you a good
idea of the reception these chances receive.