TOOLS FOR THE MODERN WORKFORCE
Combining a shorter attention span with the desire to work in an agile and flexible method, the tools that a business needs to provide must cater for this new way of working.
Microsoft, Google and other cloud-based tools are being adopted by enterprises, but in my experience, there is a lack of focus on making sure employees know how to use them for productivity and understanding what to use when and why.
We speak to organisations who are trying to drive down email communication with a goal of increasing collaborative conversations through inclusivity and ‘working out loud.’ However, the modern employee is already joining the organisation looking for tools that enable quick communication with colleagues or customers. This emergence in popularity of tools in the workplace that reflect life outside of work are driven by the modern worker.
Microsoft Teams and Yammer are growing in adoption by enterprises, but what tools should be used and when? Silicon Reef have broken down the most effective ways to drive employee engagement and work productivity using Microsoft O365 tools. You can read up on all the details in our guide Creating O365 Employee Engagement.
THE WORKPLACE NEEDS TO ADAPT FOR THE MODERN EMPLOYEE
Flexible working is just the start of what the modern workforce demands from employers. A balance between career and lifestyle, from wherever the worker may be, is now an effective employment model. A study by Glassdoor, reported in Forbes found that 87% of employees expect the employer to support their work life balance. An employer is responsible for finding the balance between flexible working with optimum output. Maintaining an engaged workforce requires trust and a common understanding between the ways of working in order to meet the company vision.
Our conception of wellness must go beyond traditional health measures (Glassdoor). Although the idea of work-life balance is frequently misunderstood, employees are looking for support in the non-work areas of their lives. Employers can help by offering flexible work schedules and encouraging employees to utilise vacation time.