Given that this is a game-changer for businesses regardless of size and scale, let’s carry on with the increasingly critical subject of employee engagement. To recapitulate quickly, we have since touched on what actually is employee engagement, the importance of it, the consequences of it and how to achieve it on a budget. Almost every business is focusing on digital transformation and it is a fact that technology is now revolutionizing the world. As you can guess from the title, we will now explore how to make use of and incorporate technology into employee engagement. With its complexity and un-quantifiable nature, many companies will struggle to come up with solid ideas to engage their employees effectively. So how does technology come in here to help? By offering practical, real-time solutions and carefully planned strategies, organizations can make a positive difference. Here are a few different methods for leveraging technology to boost engagement.
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Ability to collaborate
Collaboration is one of the most essential methods of communication for businesses, be it within a department or within the entire company. With today’s technologies, it is easy to share ideas, pass files, brainstorm and raise questions. That can all be done on an accessible work tool known as Slack. There are also other management tools like Asana and Trello that allows you to create, organize and delegate tasks. These are useful for improving communication within the workspace, should make life easier to an extent and help increase engagement and productivity.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
This is the smartphone generation. Mobile communication has been a best practice in our private lives for some time now, and the trend is flooding the corporate environment. More companies are adopting mobile-first internal communication channels as well as allowing staff to use their own devices for work purposes. To share a couple of numbers, 55% of high performing companies allow BYOD already and according to a listed software company; it saved $2 million dollars annually upon implementing BYOD. All the company needs to do is ensure employees adhere to a high level of compliance and understand the significance of security.
As gamification makes practical daily activities more compelling, using it appropriately can boost participation rates in eLearning courses and increase employee engagement. Usually people will find training such as e-Learning courses monotonous and time-consuming and they will just try to get it over and done with as soon as possible without actually focusing on it. However, with gamification, people may find it fun then compare and joke with one another about it as humans have a natural desire to compete. Having said that, organizations still have to carefully plan and implement gamification for it to have the optimal result. Just a note, younger staff members tend to react more to this strategy.
These are just three ways and definitely not exhaustive in which how technology can help to engage workers more. On a macro level, increasing flexibility and empowering your staff with technology to let them work more freely may be the route to take as people generally prefer a sense of freedom. The era of being tied to the desk is over and a new one beckons.