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Achieve the Modern Workplace

Innovative technologies have shown to help connect business functions, eliminate barriers, respond to workplace trends, and create dynamic environments that empower the next generation of employees. When employees feel enabled to do their best, they feel engaged and satisfied.

So, what does it mean having a modern workplace with the right tools that allow employees to work from anywhere, anytime, and on any electronic device? With an influx of new talent that focus on improving skills and learning, managers will have to take a technological approach to restructure the workplace landscape to get more done.

Customers are ready to transform and support a workforce that is more mobile and diverse than ever before, and they depend on the latest advancements in technology to do so. Innovative technologies can help all types of organizations to respond to emerging workplace trends and create a perfect work environment for employees to thrive.

Unlocking Value through Social Technologies

While 72 percent of companies in the world use social technologies, very few have achieved the full potential benefit. The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has found that using social techniques can help raise employee productivity by 20 to 25 percent. Many people across the world use social media platforms to get and share information. Companies can leverage the capabilities of social platforms to generate richer insights and create customer targeted messages and offers. The study further suggests that the full implementation of social technologies can help companies raise the productivity level of workers including managers and professionals.

Based on in-depth research, “social technologies could possibly contribute between $900 billion to $1.3 trillion in annual value across areas such as communication, emailing, gathering information, and role-specific tasks.” To get the most out of social technologies, organizations must work on their processes, structures, and cultures to make them more open and nonhierarchical.

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Adoption of advanced tools

Digital tools are advancing at a lightning pace, and your employees can benefit from learning how to use the latest updates. Whether they are tools or skills, it is essential for companies to adopt new tools to improve efficiency and increase productivity.

However, gaining acceptance of change at employee level can be a challenge as the whole idea can be challenging to manage. Introduction of new tools can cause disruptions in behavior patterns that can lead to the replacement of conventional social structures, loss of continuity, and familial relationships. Adopting new technology can mean changes to job responsibilities, additional workload, and extra training. These changes can also impact the organization’s politics where those who possess specific skills may see it as a threat to their positions.

As such, proper preparation and training is required to ensure there is a smooth transition to modern technology. Companies can spend the time to create a clear plan for implementation of advanced tools to achieve success.

Speed up the delivery time

There are literally countless reasons why a project can run into problems in the workplace. No matter how perfect the project managers are in planning the early phases of a project, most of them eventually encounter gaps in the scope of work.

It is estimated that 97% of employees and stakeholders believe that the lack of proper organization affects the outcome of a project.

This can be because the project team manager requires the employees to take on new requirements without change orders, budget adjustment, and project timeline.

Although the project may be given long timelines, it’s always a challenge for project managers to pick the right person who will be available to work on the project for months or years. The problem is even worse when the team members are required to split their work time between several simultaneous projects. The project may end up taking longer than expected to finish.

The only way to battle this is to insist on having a formal process to estimate any additional resources needed and how the project will affect the output of other tasks and deliverables. Productivity tools can also help provide visibility into the projects and how they can be distributed across departments to get more done.

Workforce collaboration

With the fast pace and complexity of business today, almost all workers are members of cross-functional, virtual, or internal teams. As such, they need to collaborate and work with team members to create innovative approaches, manage projects, and address any business needs.

Teamwork in the workplace can improve engagement, creativity, efficiency, and innovation, yet it remains among the most underutilized tools. Research indicates that 39% of employees believe that colleagues in their organization don’t collaborate enough. Another 75% of workers see teamwork and collaboration as “very important,” but only 18% of them get the communication valuation on their performance.

Wrapping up

The drive is there, and there is no doubt that employees want more collaboration to achieve the company’s objectives. What they need is the right leadership to foresee this change. Workforce collaboration doesn’t happen on its own; it needs to come from the top, down.