Google, Facebook, Adobe, what do they all have in common other than the fact that they are global giants in the world of technology? All of these companies have an amazing office culture and working environment which allows their employees to thrive. And, while most businesses can’t compete with these global corporations when it comes to employee benefits, with the help of smart IT systems and strategies you can boost your own office culture. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the ways that you can empower your employees and drive positive change with the help of IT.
One area that technology and IT can help your business is with better collaboration making it easier for employees to work together on projects. Collaboration helps employees to feel like they are key members of a team and working towards larger common goals instead of their own individual daily tasks. Microsoft Teams is one of the modern tools that can be used to improve collaboration in your workplace, and it has a number of key features which include:
- Group chat and messaging
- Video conferencing
- File sharing
Making employees feel part of a team is proven to increase productivity and make employees more supportive of each over. Collaboration software makes it easy for employees to feel connected to each other even when they are working in different departments, offices or locations.
Effective project management is at the heart of getting the most out of employees and tools such as Microsoft’s Planner help to streamline the process. With a host of features Planner lets employees collaborate digitally and work together on different projects. Built into Office 365, Planner is easy to use and helps project managers to easily create tasks, allocate these among employees and set deadlines.
Employees are empowered to work together towards tasks and goals and have the ability to see the project as a whole which helps them to see the bigger picture. Not only is this good for morale but it helps to build a positive work culture.
Rigid 9 am to 5 pm working hours are rapidly being replaced with more flexible working and technology and IT systems are helping to make this possible. Giving employees the ability to work remotely has been proven to improve productivity, increase staff loyalty and help towards building a positive workplace atmosphere. Having the right IT processes and security measures in place can ensure that your company data remains secure while enabling employees to access the systems and documents they need.
Cloud-based technologies have helped to make this possible and ensure that sensitive data remains safe.
The majority of people are looking to grow and progress within their job to gain experience which will enable them to develop their career. Training is a key element of this which has been linked with increased job satisfaction and boosting morale. Employees feel valued, while businesses benefit from staff who are better able to do their roles with increased skills and confidence.
Technology has made it easier for businesses to provide staff training whatever industry you work in. From e-learning platforms to online tools, training can be tailored to the needs of your company and the needs of your employees.
Dealing with IT issues can cause a whole host of problems and create a negative work culture. Employees will quickly become frustrated and stressed when they are unable to complete tasks due to IT problems. Not only are IT issues detrimental to office culture, but they also have a negative impact on your business and the service your customers receive.