When the technology used at home seems far more advanced than that of the workplace, it cancause frustration among your employees. While having a high-tech workplace may seemobvious for a start-up, it may be less so for an industrial employer. Yet employees are expectingtheir workplace technology to match what they use at home.
A study by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated found that almost half of employees wished their workplace tech was as advanced as their personal kind. This is not just beneficial to the employees but to the company as a whole because investment in the right technology will increase productivity levels and prevent wasted time.
In fact, over 30% of industrial employees felt that outdated technology made their work more difficult. If you ran an industrial workplace, such as a spiral duct manufacturer, then ensuring your workplace technology is up to date will help increase staff morale and make you more attractive to a younger workforce, who are less tolerant of poor workplace technology.
To further illustrate the point, if your business needs field service workers, they report that it is easier to use personal assistant apps than reporting directly to a person in the head office. Apps that allow them to perform their jobs more efficiently will mean they can complete more jobs and ultimately provide a better service for the customer.
It is not enough to ensure that your technology is cutting-edge – it needs to be user-friendly too.Your staff are used to using apps in every facet of their life so have pre-existing expectations of how their workplace technology should work.
It may not seem obvious at first in a company that makes, for instance, dust spares andproduces spiral duct products, but the proper implementation of technology can make forhappier employees and a more productive workforce.
Equally,workplace technology does not stop at what has been implemented by the business.Employees are now likely to expect to bring devices to work to enable them to have a betterwork-life balance. Being able to support this will be seen as a positive for your staff.
Those who adopt this technology will have a clear advantage in recruiting and retaining the best talent.