We all know that digital devices have changed our lives, making us more productive, communicative and collaborative, so why is it such a different story at work?
Many businesses expect their employees to deal with outdated technologies, poor connection speeds and cumbersome operating systems on a daily basis, all while wanting to see the very best levels of productivity, creativity and commitment.
At a time when businesses need to work harder to stand out from the crowd and achieve competitive advantage, this makes no sense. Improved technology enhances the employee experience, and the better that is, the more engaged, motivated and productive they will be.
A recent survey highlighted that almost a quarter of workers are actively disengaged at work, meaning they’re dissatisfied, unmotivated and unproductive. Give even the most engaged employees poor tools and you’ll encounter problems. Give an already unmotivated group poor tools and your business will suffer.
So how can collaborative technologies and mobile devices boost employee engagement? Here are three key considerations:
We live in an age where we are always on, always connected. Companies often fall behind by failing to provide mobile devices for their employees. While there is certainly a cost implication, the easier you make communication for your employees, the more able they will be to do their job. At the very least you should support the use of employees’ own devices on your company networks.
Collaborate and listen
Outside of work we are all used to sharing photos on social networks, sending instant messages to friends, uploading videos and curating our own content, yet the same ease of communication isn’t always evident within companies. Ensure that you have an open flow of information and communication within your business. Avoid stifled and turgid internal communication by using new collaboration tools to save time and effort.
The success of our tablets and phones is in their portability, the fact we can take them with us whenever and wherever we like. Companies that haven’t yet invested in mobile technology are impeding their workers and denying them the freedom and mobility that technology can bring. If you’re providing your employees with company laptops, make sure they still have access to company files and information when they’re out of the office.
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