Here’s What You Need To Do To Ensure An Effective And Well-Oiled Digital Workplace
Workplaces the world over have been revamped from the ground up to adapt to the new digital age of commerce. In the USA alone, more than 36 million people are expected to be working from home by 2025, according to a survey conducted by Upwork. That’s an 87 percent rise from the remote worker population in 2019. However the next few years play out, it would seem that remote work is here to stay. To succeed in this brave new world, there are a couple of things you need to see to.
Enhance the workflow experience for your employees
You may have heard of the saying “a happy employee is a productive employee”. That saying rings true now more than ever, as some studies show widespread unhappiness among remote workers. To ensure success in your new digital workplace, employee experience should be first on your list of things to improve.
There are numerous ways you can do this, depending on the nature of your business and your workforce. You can find out how best to make things easier for them by keeping an open channel for feedback, as well as making your own observations. In general, dissatisfaction from remote work may arise from the lack of mental rewards. Things are a lot more tangible in person, and thus an employee feels a more palpable sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. You can simulate this in remote work by making use of a platform where employee contributions are recognized. You can also use this platform to measure employee engagement, and thus deliver direct assistance to workers lagging behind. Employees are also more productive when they can collaborate with one another with ease.
Leverage tech to maximum effect
Remote work naturally warrants the usage of tech. But it’s not enough to give your employees a digital office and brief them on a team communications app. Ideally, you’ll have a suite of tools that cover every conceivable function your workforce has. Additionally, communication should be anything but limited. Workplace productivity experts say that communication is of paramount importance in the digital workplace. Communication should be as easy as if those conversations were being initiated in real life. Generally, a digital workplace needs an instant messaging channel, an internal email system, and a smooth voice and video conferencing platform. Be prepared to add more comms channels as-needed to connect your workforce even further. Fulfill these needs, and you can expect to see up to a 25 percent bump in overall productivity.
Don’t shy away from automation tech. If you’re concerned that your employees wouldn’t like some roles being taken by AI, you can put their fears at ease by only employing AI for the more mundane tasks. This makes their work days run more smoothly and saves your company time. And none of your employees would be under threat of being replaced by a machine.
Employ comprehensive analytics to inform your strategies
Analytics are your business’ biometrics. Having as much information on your hands as possible will allow you to make the most intelligent decisions. Detailed analytics let you hone in on all of the small inefficiencies that pile up and drag your business down, such as employee underperformance, time-consuming tasks, and money hemorrhages. They also tell you just how profitable a certain investment is turning out to be, so you can pull out or commit to it as soon as possible.
All of this information will allow you to form comprehensive, reliable strategies, complete with roadmaps and operational blueprints that take every factor into account. With proper analytics, you can find out which R&D project or tech investment to prioritize, or how exactly you should go about marketing your services.
The new age of commerce comes with more challenges than we anticipated. Even the most tech-centered businesses are facing obstacles that no one could have foreseen. But businesses have been adapting to modern times all throughout history. And just like in centuries past, all it takes to optimize productivity in the digital landscape is a little ingenuity.