56% of Employees Don’t Have the Tech They Need
Digital tools are now critical to engagement with your employees, according to a new study from Oracle. And 56% of employees say that they don’t have the tech they need to do their best work.
The study found that technology is not just important for efficiency, it’s an important part of how employees feel engaged, supported and confident in their company’s leadership. The takeaways line up with research and trend stories on how Millennials are now changing the workplace with higher expectations for both technology and engagement.
“What we found is employees want the same modern digital technology that they are accustomed to at home in the workplace, accessible leadership, and a strong company culture that aligns with their personal values—often trumping monetary compensation,” said Gretchen Alarcon, group vice president of HCM product strategy at Oracle.”These factors are all influencing the degree employees feel engaged and committed to a company.”
In addition to the correlation between tech tools and job satisfaction, the study revealed these key issues:
- Today’s workforce prioritizes personal values in the workplace more than ever before. Company culture and values are critical to engagement.
- Onboarding is a key step to retaining employees. Only 41% of respondents felt that their company’s onboarding process set them up for success. While onboarding typically focuses on HR policies and training, employees need more support learning company culture and unwritten rules.
- Leadership needs to be accessible, visible and approachable. Accessible leaders inspire greater confidence and loyalty, even during tough times. Problems with a manager are among the top reasons that employees leave a company.
TechRepublic pulls out 6 key takeaways that managers can implement:
1. Get more involved with employees directly. Those interactions can have a big effect on an employee’s feelings of wellbeing at your company.
2. Communicate the importance and value of each individual’s work. This helps employees better understand where the work that they do fits into the big picture, and shows them the impact their efforts have on business success.
3. Set an example of how best to communicate with those who directly report to you. Conduct reports on their performance, and deliver recognition.
4. Remain extremely accessible. This way, people at the ground level, or those in large companies, don’t feel disconnected from the leadership, or that their voices can’t be heard.
5. Be actively involved with new employees from the day they start. Leaders can set the pace for a new hire’s success more effectively than any other team member.
6. Use technology to stay in touch. Take advantage of tools like instant messaging, videoconferencing, and mobile collaboration apps to better stay in contact and provide needed information.