A shift to remote work
One thing that COVID-19 has taught us is that the business world is a lot more capable of remote productivity than we might have initially guessed. Companies worldwide have been forced to suspend travel, host virtual meetings, and collaborate online in order to accomplish client goals, meet deadlines, and essentially keep moving forward. The real winners are organizations that have centered their operations around digital and have the infrastructure and business processes in place to support a fully virtual workforce.
Looking into the future – what if remote work is here to stay?
As social distancing requirements lessen, and offices reopen, we’ll be left wondering, what will the future of work look like? Based on the results of this forced experiment, there’s reason to believe some of the learnings from these past few weeks might have a lasting effect on many different types of businesses. Will more people choose to work remotely if given the option? Will people demand employers accommodate remote work conditions? Will business travel expectations lessen and virtual meetings take an even larger place in the business landscape? These are just a few of the things we will be watching as the next few months unfold. If they happen – do you have a plan to meet the demand?
Leveraging technology to keep employees engaged, connected, and efficient
Should the need arise for social distancing yet again, either due to another wave of this pandemic or a wholly new threat, businesses must be prepared to quickly implement the right policies. When complex problems like the coronavirus move to the forefront, businesses that are ready to proactively help employees maintain normalcy, adapt to change quickly, and sustain the business with the use of the right digital tools will prevail. The current pandemic has exposed where companies should focus and, as such, leaders can work on strategies to help sustain business as usual, no matter the circumstances.
Digital strategies to consider
The key benefit of going digital? Engaged employees are happier, healthier, and more productive (saving you money)
In a recent Harvard Business Review report, 74% of workers felt like employee engagement was very important to achieving overall organizational success. Only 24%, however, felt that the employees at their company were highly engaged. Other studies have shown that organizations with higher engagement outperform their peers in customer rating, productivity, sales, profitability, and have lower turnover, absenteeism, accident levels and quality defects to boot. This presents a huge opportunity for companies who prioritize this important aspect of company culture.
At the heart of any employee engagement activity is the goal of making employees happier, more productive, and more likely to stay at your company. As employees experience the benefits that come along with working from home during COVID-19, such as shorter commutes and schedule flexibility, companies who don’t enable remote work may be ignored by new talent. Especially if more employers start to offer work from home arrangements to attract the most skilled workers. This shift, plus the known costs of talent acquisition (from recruitment through training) should make companies think seriously about continuing remote work options. Employee engagement translates into real dollars: one study showed that for every 100 employees who move their company ratings from ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ to ‘excellent’, 37 fewer employees will leave in the next year, amounting to $555,000 in savings.
The key benefit is clear: Companies who enable happy, productive, and geographically flexible work teams will be the ultimate winners in the post-COVID 19 world.
Getting started: Implementing a digital strategy for your organization
If you’re ready to consider enabling workforce continuity through an enhanced digital strategy, you’ll want a partner who can help you think through a number of angles you’ll need to consider - from ease of use (UX) to security, constant VPN, device management, and systems integrations. Additionally, you should think about releasing changes to your organization in phases. Thinking through the features and strategies that will resonate best with employees during this time of change is a smart place to start. By implementing the most meaningful solutions first, your employees will embrace a new approach with open arms, therefore increasing engagement and the overall employee experience.
Mobiquity: An experienced digital transformation partner you can trust
Mobiquity has created digital experiences for organizations with over 25,000 employees. We can help guide you through the strategy, design, and build of your employee app.
Why wait? During these challenging times, employee engagement is essential to keep teams motivated and effective. Let’s make it easier for your group.
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