We are living through times of great change; tech has revolutionized our entire working world. As our digital working sphere becomes ever more interconnected, it’s easy to forget about the simple day to day social connections between people and employees.
If it is fundamental to your business to be digitally switched on, how do you ensure your employees are connected, happy and motivated?
1. The missing social link
Employers and contractors are now aware of the link between connected employees and productivity. Communication is key. Creating a strong team spirit is fundamental to successful workplace outcomes and achievements.
Workers who socially interact with each other build stronger bonds and feel more valued as part of a team - therefore creating a socially connected office.
In the past, employers have discouraged the socially connected employee, but as we are ever more rooted in the digital age, connectivity has taken on new meaning. It is not only desirable, but forms the building blocks of enterprising approaches to business. Great communication within your team is a great place to start making these changes.
2. Energy and synergy
Although social and emotional connections are the building blocks of any good team, taking steps to ensure your employees are digitally connected is crucial. Encouraging connected employees makes sense as it can help workers to feel valued, appreciated and encouraged. Working as part of a group towards a shared goal or target can be very motivating. Be inclusive not exclusive.
Building trust and interdependence in between co-workers is part of the essential process of raising targets, increasing efficiency and improving outcomes.
3. Digital connectivity
Employees not only need to be socially connected to feel valued and understood, but digitally connected to fully reap the rewards of the digital era. But what does it mean for an employee to be digitally connected?
Social media, artificial intelligence and newly developed software and applications are great ways to keep employees up to date.
Think about how your employees manage work in your office; how could you increase productivity and efficiency? Have you considered the administrative work required to manage your jobs and how admin (or bureaucracy) can affect your business?
So, how do you promote a digitally focused workspace and workforce? Use applications that connect employees and ensure tech helps take your business forward rather than simply creating more work.
Okappy is one such application specifically developed to improve connectivity in the workplace. It uses networked job management to help you manage all your jobs in real time. Embracing new tech can not only increase your team’s productivity but can also make once complicated tasks seamless. The connected employee and employer can both benefit from applications such as Okappy and the networked spheres that surrounds it.
4. Developing a connected enterprise
Focusing in on every individual employee being connected is important. But what is also integral to your success in the digital era is working as a team to make sure that your whole enterprise has a connected approach.
Make sure to carry out research and development tasks regularly and to keep every member of your team engaged with the tech evolution in your sector. This way, you can move forward with an emphasis on inter-connectivity and development without losing sight of your original goals.
We are witnessing great change; with tech revolutionizing vast swathes of the working world. In the midst of this, it is easy to forget about the simple day-to-day social connections between people and employees, but it is critical for your employees to feel part of a shared vision. It will create a happy and motivated workforce that will ultimately help you move forward and prosper
Author: I believe business can be a force for good, but all too often work ends up being painful as companies are overloaded with admin, paperwork and masses of emails. My mission is to improve the working lives of construction companies, giving them complete control of every job every step of the way and have some fun!