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People Power in the Digital World

Mark Seemann Dec 16, 2017

As a business owner or HR department leader, understanding the needs of all staff members is a crucial ingredient in finding the recipe for success. Increased digital possibilities have inspired a shift in people power. In turn, this has been met with enhanced employee expectations. Failing to adapt the venture to those elements will harm productivity and profits.

People power has moved the goalposts in various aspects of business. For example, clients now hold the key to influence the habits of other habits due to the use of customer reviews. Likewise, employees now have the ability to direct the future of a company’s culture. Essentially, the interaction between humans and businesses has evolved in almost every aspect.

More tellingly, employees can access a world of information from the tip of their fingers. Consequently, they will soon know if the company is lagging behind its competitors. Those sentiments extend to pay, staff facilities, and general working situations. Therefore, providing the best working environment should be top of every company’s agenda. Unsurprisingly in this increasingly digital world, digital tools are the way forward.

Efficiency isn’t only a key focus for the business, it is a priority for employees too. Smartphones are now almost omnipresent in the UK. Likewise, wearables are becoming increasingly common for business folk too. Using those tools for better productivity, interaction, and collaboration is the hallmark of a great venture.

With the right software and Apps, employees can keep track of the latest business updates. Those facilities also encourage them to connect with colleagues and clients. Moreover, the opportunities to handle external aspects such as holiday requests makes life a lot easier. Above all else, knowing that the company actively cares about its employees can be a huge factor for motivation. In turn, this can only create a better business operation for everyone.

Timing is everything for a modern employee. Continued development is important. But there’s nothing more frustrating than missing out on opportunities due to clashes with scheduled training. As such, video training and other facilities that can be completed on the employee’s watch is the way forward. It keeps them in greater control of their assignments and allows the business to reap the rewards of greater efficiency too.

Employees do have greater power than in previous generations, and they crave the opportunities to fully embrace it. Digital tools and 24/7 communication also makes it possible to fit work around unforeseen life circumstances. From working at home when it’s snowing to enjoying flexible work hours, those aspects can have a huge influence on a worker’s efficiency. It will also enhance their opinion of the business.

Despite an increased reliance on tech, people will always be the driving force behind any successful business. Employees now have the ability to inspire employers into providing a better working environment. Nonetheless, companies still hold the key to making it happen. Grabbing those opportunities can go a long way to improving the efficiency, engagement, and staff happiness.

Frankly, any business where the HR team that gets this right will be set for a far brighter future.

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