Five ways to make your employees more productive

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Few can fly solo, it takes a great team to drive an organisation to a position of competitive advantage and subsequent commercial success. The majority of enterprises succeed because of the strength of their workforce. It’s the ability of the whole team to work together, striving to achieve common goals and objectives – that’s what creates corporate success.

Steve Jobs once said, ‘We don’t hire great people so we can tell them what to do, we hire great people so they can tell us what to do’. It’s this type of mind-set that fosters an environment of listening and learning, a platform for employees to share their knowledge and to educate each other. For the sceptics out there, this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky thinking, there are real business benefits to it too.

Promoting effective communication and collaboration amongst your workforce can drive employee motivation and productivity, increase customer loyalty, reduce total cost of IT ownership and even lower the need for international travel.

To kick-start collaboration and boost your organisations productivity levels, here are five initiatives to consider. To learn more, grab your copy of Digital Dislocation, our survey of over 750 IT decision makers. It explores the challenges of international IT departments and how they meet the needs of the workforce they serve (or why they don’t).

1) Give your people easier access to communication tools when they’re on the move

55% of IT decision makers say their people are ‘working from home, on the move and at clients and suppliers sites more often’. And they’re calling for simpler tools and technologies to get the job done while they’re out the office. Currently they’re frustrated, it takes too long to contact colleagues. They want better access to data for decision making.

2) Introduce simpler ways to share information

We’ve all struggled with files that are too big for our network restrictions (my email size limit is 10MB – a solid PowerPoint presentation is bigger than that). And how many times have you heard this during a conference call – ‘Sorry, what slide are you on now?’

The majority of workers all agree that tools like ‘desktop sharing’, ‘cloud based file storage’, ‘virtual white-boarding’ and ‘access to corporate intranet from personal devices’ can make it much easier to share information and speed up decision making.

3) Introduce videmployeeseo into your workplace

Usage across platforms like WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime, Youtube and Snapchat etc. has soared. People are increasingly using video for communicating with friends and family across home and personal devices. We’re becoming much more comfortable with seeing ourselves on the screen, so much so, there is a growing number of employees using video in the workplace (up 24%). If you’re not using these tools already, telepresence, video on the desktop and video on mobile/tablet devices are a must for your internal communications (it’s becoming a popular tool for external communications too!)

4) Educate your people on mobile security

The simple fact is the employees just don’t know when it comes to mobile security. In some cases this can cause paralyses for employees – they don’t work on external Wi-Fi networks or access customer and corporate data for fear they’re not in a safe environment. Educating them on when and where it’s safe to do so, not only reduces risk, but increases productivity. It’s a win-win.

5) Make sure people have enough minutes, texts and data for mobile working

20% of all workers regularly run out of data on their mobile devices. This leaves them in a position where they can’t do the things they need while they’re away from the office. Similarly, when finance departments cut costs, it leaves employees hesitant to use their mobile abroad, risking a false economy where mobile costs are down, but so is revenue. Make sure your people know what they can use and get what they need to do their work efficiently and effectively.

Learn more with a complimentary copy of our whitepaper Digital Dislocation. We’ve been running an extensive research programme that regularly surveys more than 750 IT decision makers across 10 international markets.

Joseph Walsh

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