In today’s digital world, it can be difficult to wade through the waters of constant change and information overload. This is especially true as we move into 2018. Technology is a very powerful tool and using it to connect with your audience can take many forms.
Integrating new technologies can streamline processes within your personal and professional life; in fact, you might not even realize it. Technology allows us to communicate more effectively with one another and share information in ways we never would have thought possible — filling communication gaps and ensuring needs are met with greater ease. It can provide security for confidential information and improve internal and external relationships.
It’s now almost impossible not to make necessary improvements in the ways we integrate and use technology. Let’s review several different avenues through which some of these newer technologies can become a major factor in improving communication and engagement with your employees, stakeholders, clients, customers and even students.
Finding new strategies to better engage employees today can be a difficult but necessary feat. After all, collaboration and interaction among your employees is what makes a successful business run. According to Gallup, almost 20 percent of U.S. workers are “actively disengaged” employees — those likely to undermine coworkers and sabotage projects.
Adopting new technologies can greatly improve engagement and performance in your organization, but you must check that you’re taking the necessary steps to ensure employees are ready for those changes. We’ve found that organizations that can integrate time-saving strategies and tools within the workplace will be better able to motivate their employees in the long run.
Some of the most successful technologies that can help to engage your employees include:
Messaging and Social Collaboration Tools
These technologies are popular, especially when they’re deployed along with old-school methods of communication like email and intranets. Messaging technologies tend to work well in situations where the need for a response may be more immediate or you want to give a coworker a quick update. If you know someone only checks their email a few times a day, messaging them may be a more efficient way to communicate. According to a recent PRSA study, 31 percent of respondents said they use a variety of messaging technologies. Some of the most popular messaging apps include Slack, Voxer, Instantbird and Google Apps.
Online Project Management Systems
Having a central hub for employees to communicate and keep track of their projects may be the best way for you to keep them engaged in their work and motivated to continue to do well. Some of the key benefits of many of the project management systems out there include tracking projects, collaborating with team members in real-time, document sharing and task delegation. Keep in mind that not every function will be necessary for your organization. Make sure you are evaluating your organization’s specific requirements and ensuring the systems you adopt help streamline projects and decision-making for those involved.
These days, no one expects to sit through a day-long training session without some sort of video element. It’s even harder to keep people’s attention when they have mobile devices at their fingertips. When it comes to offering training sessions for employees, be prepared to make them both entertaining and easily accessible from any location or device. Break down the information into smaller, more digestible bites and try to keep the presentation short.