Written by: John O'Brien
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No matter which aspects of your employee value proposition (EVP) you're measuring with employee net promoter score (eNPS), showing you're listening and acting on employee feedback will increase engagement. Here are four key aspects of employee recognition to consider.
As the Future of Work agenda is accelerated within organisations, it is crucial to redesign work processes and structures that fosters genuine connections and fuels productivity across geographically dispersed teams to ensure success.
The way we work has undergone a significant transformation, previously, work was often done in a centralised office environment. With the increase of the collaborative tools available, high-speed internet and enhanced mobile applications, it is now possible for many people to work from anywhere in the world. This has led to the emergence of connected work environments, where employees can collaborate and communicate with each other regardless of their physical location. Furthermore, the lower rates of office occupancy also reflects a continued preference and learned behaviours towards less office-based and flexible mode of working (Source: PwC).
Several factors have contributed to the rise of connected work:
Implementing the right collaborative tools with employee engagement in mind is crucial for success when designing for a connected workforce.
Connected work offers several benefits for both employees and employers. For employees, connected work can provide greater flexibility and productivity, work-life balance, and opportunities for professional development. Without workplace distractions, remote workers have been reported to be 35-40% more productive than their in-office counterparts (Source: Flexjobs).
For employers, connected work can lead to increased productivity, cost-saving and tremendous innovative benefits with companies that promote collaboration at work having five times better performance rates than those that do not (Source: Zippia).
While connected work offers several benefits, it also presents some challenges. These challenges include:
Behavioural economics is the study of how human behaviour is influenced by psychological, social, and cognitive factors. One of the most fundamental theories, Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow, A. H. 1943) includes a sense of belonging as a major need that motivates behaviours. By understanding behavioural economics can help companies be better informed when redesigning and implementing effective connected work strategies.
Strong social connections in a workplace and one that fosters meaningful work, helps build a successful workforce. It has been shown that understanding how to motivate employees to collaborate and share ideas, and how to overcome the challenges of communication in a connected work environment, results in a 17% increase in employee performance (Source: Journal of Organisational Behaviour).
Maintaining a human-centred approach and keeping your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) strategy in mind when redesigning your organisation’s roadmap is essential to a successful and sustainable hybrid workforce. While it is important to choose the right tools and platforms for collaboration and how to use these tools to promote effective communication, taking a humanistic approach is just crucial – maintaining authenticity and empathy, being adaptive and flexible.
Overall, connected work is a complex concept that can deliver great outcomes for both employees and employers as long the fundamentals of facilitating belonging and meaning are kept at the heart of your strategy when redesigning for the future of work.
At BI WORLDWIDE, we understand that connection is essential for a successful workplace. That's why we focus on helping our clients create cultures of connection that benefit both their employees and their businesses.
We do this by providing our clients with a variety of services, including:
By helping our clients create cultures of connection, we help them to achieve their business goals. Employees who feel connected to their workplace are more likely to be engaged, productive, and satisfied. This can lead to increased innovation, improved customer service, and up to 21% higher profitability (Source: Gallup).
With a competitive talent landscape, pressures to control costs, employee well-being being top of mind, and artificial intelligence and automation on the rise, the agenda for the Future of Work will no doubt continuously evolve. The most challenging aspect of the hybrid strategy is adjusting your current culture to be supportive of your employees.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you create a culture of connection in your workplace, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss your specific needs and develop a plan to help you achieve your goals and foster a high-performing and engaged workforce – no matter how dispersed.