Sadly, more than 60% of US employees admit to being disengaged in the jobs. That means that it’s likely that some of your employees don’t enjoy their jobs, are bored with their jobs or are only interested in getting paid at the end of the month. An engaged employee will want to have a say in what happens in the business and will be enthusiastic about finding innovative ways of working. One such innovation is technology because it is forever changing. So, how can you keep your employees engaged in technology?
The brilliant thing about working virtually is that it offers flexibility. Working in an office environment can be demanding in many ways and workers who feel like they’re against the clock can tend to switch off. Working virtually gives employees a chance to enjoy their work and it improves the quality of the work submitted. Allowing this flexibility often means that workers take fewer days off too. If a worker is able to work from home while taking care of himself the work is more likely to get done, rather than passed onto someone else with an already heavy workload.
There are many tools that employees can use while working online that would allow you to keep costs down. For instance, Google Drive and Dropbox are ideal for employees to share files with one another. Sites like Basecamp are ideal for uploading and downloading tasks. You can easily delegate jobs to specific employees in the morning and have them completed by the end of the day.
There are times when employees may need to brush up on their skills and there are times when employees may ask to be given more responsibility. E-learning is the perfect way to get your employees involved in training and they can do it in their own time or at work. Whether it’s Microsoft Outlook training or something more complicated, like CAD, you’re sure to have access to it on the internet. There are even ways for you to keep track of what your employees are doing in their training. You may want to create some competition in the company and get your employees to view learning as a fun opportunity.
The office doesn’t have to be like the classroom, where a teacher confiscates your smartphone if you use it. In fact, with the development of tablets, many workers prefer to use them in the workplace, instead of a computer or laptop. It’s time to stop looking at devices like smartphones and tablets as things that hinder or distract workers from being productive. These devices can actually provide a more efficient way of working. Many professionals often carry at least two phones; one for personal use and one for work. If you allow workers to use their own devices in the workplace, you’re not only saving on your tech budget but you can be sure they’ll know how to manage the device properly.
Peer to Peer Recognition
Doesn’t it feel great when someone recognises your work as a job well done? You can now use P2P tools online to create a hub where employees can network with each other. It’s ideal for when management hasn’t got the time to give feedback. Employees can spur each other on, make suggestions and generally support each other in the workplace. It’s also perfect for when there are difficult relationships in the office. Whether it’s an employee that doesn’t like authority figures or two employees that just don’t get along, this tool could save workers a lot of hassle. There are always times when you’re forced to work with people you’d rather not spend time with and this is the solution to that problem. However, it doesn’t beat face to face conversation but it is quicker and more convenient.
Time is money – that much has been true for a long time. With a new generation ready to enter the workforce, flexibility has never been more important. If you want your workers to learn quickly and thoroughly, they need to be able to do it in their own time and at their own pace. Life has never been busier and workers are now faced with even more responsibility. Their heads are filled with family, home, staying healthy and more. We’re all human and we all have days where concentrating isn’t possible. Wouldn’t it make more sense to learn when we’re able to give it our full attention? That’s where mobile learning comes in.
The brilliance of mobile learning is that it can be done at any time and in any place. On the train travelling home. Sat on a deck chair while sunbathing in garden. While soaking in a relaxing, hot bath. We take our phones with us wherever we go. Work no longer has a 9-5 window, so the more lenient you can be with your workers, the more you’ll get out of them. Consider using a tool that allows you to track your employees work and that they can use from their smartphones.
The benefits of using technology to keep your employees engaged are endless. The main one is that your employees become emotionally invested in your business. Suddenly, your employees have ways of working to their own pace, interacting with other employees online and engaging in friendly competition. Technology allows us to access knowledge and knowledge is freedom. It gives us a chance to navigate through life in a personalised way. For employers, the concept of giving employees more freedom and flexibility may seem scary, but it’s been proven to work time and time again.
Employees who are given the flexibility to complete tasks in their own time, while still being held to a deadline are much more likely to produce higher quality work than someone who is forced to work in a given time frame. It means employees can work around their families and responsibilities, which in turn means that they can give you their full focus when they’re working online.