Technology that helps build better employee experience in any business
Employee experience is one of the most significant drivers of business success. So, in a time where many businesses are dealing with a lack of certainty, having that edge can make all the difference. One of the biggest benefits of a highly engaged workforce is the level of discretionary effort your people are willing provide. Having the right employee experience technology can make supporting your people a breeze.
Updated 3rd September 2023
Technology's role in modern working
Technology and employee engagement have a close relationship. New technology allows us to complete our jobs more quickly and effectively, and to adapt in times of change. The COVID-19 pandemic is a prime example, where businesses turned to remote work to keep functioning. But, as a result, we understand the business benefits of job flexibility far better.
Tech that helps us communication more effectively has been essential for businesses to transition into a fully remote way of doing things. Especially video conferencing and messaging apps. Although remote work existed before 2020, it was more of a perk. Widespread implementation in response to COVID-19 proved that remote working is a valid first option. All thanks to the technology that made it possible.
Also in 2020, Harvard Business Review published a report on technology's make-or-break role in employee engagement. 82% of respondents believed employee happiness is 'significantly impacted by how well their workplace technology performs,' and 77% report that good employees will seek jobs elsewhere if their current job fails to provide the tools and information they need.
Employee experience technology helps managers to adapt
This risk of turnover is just one reason why bridging the gap between technology and employee engagement practices in the modern workplace is especially important in helping managers continue to lead their teams effectively.
When you're managing a remote team, not having the ability to easily read the room when you walk in can be quite jarring. It's also more difficult to have a quick chat to discuss an issue or congratulate your team on good performance. That absence of face-to-face interaction means soft skills can be forgotten.
So, employee experience technology plays an essential role for managers. It helps team leaders to communicate better with their team and adapt their management style.
Why technology impacts employee experience more than ever
A manager's priority is keeping their team engaged. And it's just as much about ensuring employee wellbeing as it is maintaining productivity.
In part, this means removing obstacles to performance and providing the most effective tools for the job. Whether it's a communication tool, an aid to collaboration or a check-in platform for two-way feedback, new tech can reinvent how we do our jobs and make frustrating or time-consuming tasks quick and easy. That's why an understanding of the relationship between technology and engagement is essential for business success.
Just to be clear, although technology and employee engagement are becoming more intertwined as time goes on, engagement has always been important. But with teams across the world fractured, and with many people experiencing remote work for the first time last year, employees feeling isolated from their colleagues has become a real issue.
For many, their daily routine and the people they interact with form a huge part of their professional identity. And having that stripped away can make your employees feel disconnected from your company's goals and culture.
When employees feel like they belong they take pride in their work, have a connection with their colleagues and feel a sense of ownership of the company's successes. They are willing to go the extra mile. In times of uncertainty, those seemingly small things can make all the difference.
What technology is changing the workplace today?
It's important to implement the right employee experience technology to boost engagement in your business. Implementing new tech relies heavily on employee buy-in. And this is something you'll struggle with if your people been stung before.
Here's our take on the 5 types of tech that can help boost engagement in the workplace today:
Communicating with employees who aren't PC-based can be tough. Tim Rutter of Tata Steel took their internal communications programme external, using Facebook to keep employees updated on company news. He said there's been huge praise not just from the employees but from their families and the communities where the group are based. Employees felt more connected to the business and its goals as a direct result.
Two-way feedback tools
More businesses are turning to employee feedback platforms like Weekly10 to supplement or outright replace their annual engagement surveys. Regular check-ins give you real-time feedback on employee engagement, instead of just a snapshot in time and ensures that you can respond to issues in a timely manner before they become major problems that cost you top talent.
Recognition or kudos platforms
Being called out for great work feels, well, great. One of the biggest drivers of employee engagement is feeling valued by others. Recognition from peers and managers strengthens the emotional bond between your people and the company's goals. And doing this through tech creates a visible record for all to see.
More effective tools are some of the most essential employee experience technology. And that includes channels for working with others more effectively. Implementing tools like digital whiteboards and workspaces helps with brainstorming and collaboration. That means teams can think, plan and execute more effectively. Even when they're working remotely.
AI as employee experience technology
Despite decades of sci-fi pop culture telling us it's a bad idea, a lot of modern business leaders are pushing machine learning algorithms in their business. Perhaps more than any other tool, AI has the potential to revolutionise the way we work, eliminating the most time-consuming, least engaging elements of our jobs like filling out and checking legal paperwork in law firms. AI can also hugely benefit the way we collect information and obtain insight in the workplace.