Today’s post covid-19 workplace environment has changed. Employers are now having to implement strategies to deal with trends such as working from home, work-life balance, burn out, employee retention and employee satisfaction.
With these trends come challenges for the organisations on how to retain their culture, communicate effectively, enable employees to work from multiple locations seamlessly, whilst keeping everything safe and secure for the organisation and individuals.
The solution is to build an employee-centric modern workplace, which doesn’t just happen by accident; it happens with careful planning.
Here are the five best practices for implementing a modern workplace.
- Right mindset and strategy from the business leaders themselves. Business leaders need to be forward-thinking. They need to see technology, ultimately, as an enabler. Technology empowers staff to do their best work, and great leaders must view technology as a fundamental enabler for business transformation and innovation.
- Fostering the right culture. To thrive, businesses founded on a framework of mindset and strategy need to be backed by culture. Communication has to be open, not just between staff or between departments, but from the top down. Organisations are no longer operating from nine to five in the office. In a truly modern workplace staff can be anywhere and as an example, you may never see a colleague who has recently come on board. How do you open up the lines of communication between departments, management, and the broader team? That’s what’s really important.
- The right technology and platform. While you may have the right strategy, the right mindset, and the right staff – without the right platforms and technologies that enable them to work collaboratively and flexibly, they’re not going to do their best work. This upcoming generation of employees are technology natives, and their lives are almost entirely online. They’re accessing applications, banking, shopping and socialising online. Staff expect the same experience when they go into the workplace. Updating organisational technology platforms to meet the users where they are, ensures continuity, relieves pressure, and positively impacts workplace culture.
- Security and it’s often overlooked. In the past, security was somewhat of an afterthought. It was that stick that made sure your organisation was secure. Now, it has to be built-in. The boundaries of work have changed, the edges of organisations have changed. It’s no longer safe because you walk into an office as threats are everywhere. It’s that laptop that you take home. It’s that mobile device that you’re using to access work emails. Security is paramount, and having that built-in is vital from day one – staff don’t have to think about it. It’s secure, by design.
- Effective adoption and change management strategies. When you adopt a modern workplace, it’s about promoting change. During the transition, you will have staff that ‘get it’ and staff who are resistant. Managing change and driving the adoption of new technology and tools is vital. Focus on communicating how the new tools will enable them to do their work easier.
For more information about our Modern Workplace solutions click here.
Have questions on how to create seamless collaboration within your organisation, to give your employees the best experience possible? Contact us here or call 1300 ATARIX for a complimentary consultation with our Senior Cloud experts.
About the Author
Through 18 years of experience, Tony has learned there’s no I in TEAM. Tony’s motivation comes from leading the team to tackle complex problems, simplify them and deliver awesome results for clients.