Anyone who has taken a train on a Friday morning in recent years will have probably stopped to ask themselves a question – ‘where has everyone gone?’. You’ve probably had the same thought if you’ve driven up a remarkably quiet motorway on the same day. The answer to your question is that all the people you used to share that commute or motorway with are probably at home, but they’re working, thanks to the digital workplace that their employers have put in place to make that possible.
Employees are increasingly coming to expect remote and flexible working to come as standard with most jobs that can allow it. If you’re not able to offer this to your staff, then you’re going to struggle to hang on to them when someone comes along and offers them a role with more flexible conditions. To avoid this problem, here are some tips on improving your employee retention using intranet software – the cornerstone of the digital workplace:
1. Allow remote working wherever possible
There are certainly advantages to teams working together in an office and we wouldn’t necessarily advise shutting your head office quite yet, but there’s certainly an advantage in not tying people to their desks. Firstly, this reduces the number of absences they have to take. If they’re stuck at home with an ill child or waiting for the plumber to come, they can continue to work, be productive and collaborate with their colleagues who are back in the office. Secondly, if they need to be home early, get a bit of work done somewhere else or just generally be a bit more mobile then you will be able to confidently offer them this type of flexibility.
A digital workplace gives your staff the freedom to work remotely
Of course, there will be some occasions when you need people to be physically present in the office, but once your digital workplace is up and running, try to make as much use of it as you can. In general, remote working should be perceived to be OK unless there is a good case against it. As well as helping with employee retention, these systems will also make it far easier for your business to comply with its flexible working obligations.
2. Break down barriers between people and departments
No matter what you do to try and avoid it, many businesses can end up with a silo mentality where different teams and even different groups within teams don’t communicate with each other in order to get work done. This can be incredibly frustrating for employees who are unable to be effective in their roles and, ultimately, can lead to them looking for other opportunities elsewhere.
By breaking down these barriers and encouraging collaboration between people and departments using a suite of digital tools, such as corporate social networking, you can create a fast-paced and efficient workplace that allows people to focus on the job that they came to do rather than navigating their way around office politics. This is the kind of workplace that employees say they want to join, and which tends to hold on to its most effective staff with ease.
Digital workplace tools like corporate social networking (above) help to break down departmental silos
3. Allows for easy growth
If your company isn’t growing, then eventually some of your best staff are likely to start looking for the door when they begin to feel like they aren’t going to progress in their role. An outdated setup and poor communication can make it hard for companies to take on more staff if antiquated processes mean that there isn’t the opportunity to scale. Taking time to sort out the way that people in your office work by introducing digital tools and technology before you’re in the middle of a growth spurt will make the entire process far easier for everyone involved. This will make it simpler for you to bring people with you as the company grows and to introduce new policies and procedures without overwhelming and alienating some of your key employees.
Use your digital workplace to drive business growth
The flexible working elements of a digital approach also make expansion easier since you will require less physical office space to be available if not all employees are working in the office every single day. This could be a great basis for building a business case for the digital services and tech that your company needs to take the next step in its growth journey.
Implementing the right tech in your business could make it far easier to hold on to the staff who are driving its growth and success. Offer them the type of workplace that they feel involved in and that they believe respects their time and you’re far more likely to end up with a happy and buzzing environment 👍