Much more can be done to attract engaged employees, and some trends are here to stay. Think in terms of remote work, attracting talents, diversifying business procedures, integration, digitalization, data security, employee safety, etc. Do we need to go on?
First of all, businesses need to learn, and fast, that new hires are greatly different from their older colleagues. The generation gap this time is so huge that making everyone happy truly is an arduous task. Because the worst thing you want to see is unengaged employees who are teetering on the verge of burnout.
For starters, pre-Google generations have different thinking patterns than their young peers with the attention span of a goldfish — thanks to new technologies.
It naturally follows that approaches differ greatly as well, meaning that businesses have the difficult task of finding a fine balance and integrating all roles.
Good luck with that!
Therefore, take these tips with a grain of salt as they normally appeal to youngsters.
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Remote work has made it possible to work from literally anywhere in the world with a broadband connection, so obviously, to enhance your options, offer some form of remote work.
Not necessarily everyone needs to work remotely; it is perfectly fine to have different work models for different teams, as per their preferences.
In fact, there’s something cold “hybrid work models” that showcases different possible scenarios, as follows:
- Partially remote work, with flexible office space – no permanent offices; rented flex space used for periodic collaboration (but not connectivity)
- Almost entirely on premises – limited remote work, large office space the majority of managers and workers
- Partially remote work, multiple hubs – multiple offices with the workforce dispersed among them
- Partially remote work, large office space – the majority of managers and workers spend most, but not all, of their time at the office
- Almost entirely off premises – mostly remote work with no office space
- Multiple microhubs – management and employees are dispersed across small microhubs located in different cities (or countries, depending on the scope of your business operations)
Flexible contract types are next. E.g., compare taxes in New Zealand for expats with federal- and state taxes and you’ll see that some employees have better ideas than others. Expats and digital nomads may even run a company of their own somewhere abroad, so they’d need a different arrangement than office workers, for example.
New tech is the mantra of our times, so make sure you’re using it!
It goes without saying that remote teams can’t materialize out of the blue, let alone perform their tasks without a set of communication- and task management tools at the very least.
Don’t forget frontline workers! These poor people get overlooked so often that it’s a wonder the frontline worker crisis isn’t even greater.
We’re talking about time-saving technology, like time reporting software, that can reduce manual work and leave employees with more time to focus on custom tasks. If you’re wondering which tools may benefit them, start with time tracking software for your team and move on from there.
Finally, keep updated with the current trend, which presently prescribes the following combination:
- Cloud-based software for remote work
- Artificial intelligence for business automation
- Lot for asset management
- Inventory management software for supply chains
Is there anything else?
Of course! You should undergo a serious analysis to decide which tools will benefit your teams and which ones will make their lives more complicated. Trust us, there are too many of both!
The importance of data security can hardly be exaggerated in an age where wars are being waged digitally.
You absolutely must excel at keeping your data clean first and follow up with educating the workforce and providing appropriate apps and tools.
One good way to go about education is to create online courses. Here are some topic ideas:
- Email marketing
- Optimizing your website to avoid joining a membership site (or you can do both)
- Starting a blog to advertise your courses
- Boosting your social media presence to advertise your course
- Creating a sales pipeline to advertise your course
- Making use of client testimonials
- Making use of influencer reviews
If you’re in the construction business, make sure to deploy software to keep your team safe. This isn’t optional, mind you.
Workplace safety tools are many and diverse. They’re capable of compiling multiple, complex tasks, including automation, safety training, incident reporting, real-time incident tracking, creation of a centralized library of safety processes and procedures & safety compliance with federal regulations.
Were these tips helpful? We tried to include general guidelines that would benefit everyone regardless of their age, background, and preferences.
Certainly, there are many more things to do, but these must be deducted with the help of employee feedback (preferably, anonymous).
Start small, grow big. Ask away!