When you want to get the most out of your employees’ performance and help them achieve their goals, the best thing to do is give them the right tools for the job. This includes leveraging technology to ensure employees are able to get their job done effectively. There should be a way to monitor results, develop their talent, and ultimately help them perform at high levels. Thankfully, there are plenty of available tools out there to help employees do just that. Whether you’re having issues retaining talent or simply looking for some ideas for boosting productivity and morale, technology is the best route to help you the most. Here are five types of technology that can help your employees perform at higher levels.
Cloud-based Collaborative Tools
In any organization, communication is the key to success for most endeavors. Having a means to communicate and collaborate on a large scale is critical. That’s where cloud-based collaborative tools come into play. These tools, such as Google Docs and Microsoft teams, can speed up communication and make it easier to collaborate in real time with your colleagues. Whether it’s a document, project, or meeting, these tools are effective for ultimately improving communication. With improved communication comes a better understanding of what’s happening within the organization, and understanding of the company’s values, and general morale around the office. This is a good thing for both employees and employers simply because it makes working at the office a much better experience for everyone involved. By using various cloud-based technologies and applications to ensure your company is running as smoothly as possible, you can get the most out of your team anytime.
Continuous Performance Management Platforms
Continuous performance management is a system that allows employees and managers to track employee progress on a regular basis. It can be an effective tool for positive change and morale among employees (at least when it’s being used correctly). Managers need to be able to understand how continuous performance management works in order to use it effectively. That means being on board with monitoring, planning, consistently using SMART goals, and finding ways to meaningfully interact with employees throughout the entire process. Continuous performance management isn’t merely a means to monitor employee progress; it’s an ideal method of helping employees and managers to communicate about goals, objectives, and expectations throughout their tenure with a company. To use your platform effectively, you need to understand the core values of the performance management process. These are coaching, corrective action, and termination. Of course, coaching is going to be a more consistent part of the process, but corrective action is also vital to ensuring expectations—and goals—are being met across the entire team.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, that first impressions are everything. The same can be said about bringing employees into your office. The first impression for them begins with onboarding. That’s why it’s so imperative that your onboarding software be of high quality. Good onboarding software will give employees a leg up when they first start by not only streamlining processes such as hiring paperwork, taxes, and I-9 stuff, but also giving them a quick primer on how the company works. By making it available online through any device, it’s easier for the employee to onboard successfully without even needing to set foot in the office.
Learning Management Systems
Just like onboarding and training, learning and development are a key component of employee retention/productivity. Successful employees are ones who have a sense of purpose, have opportunities to grow, and might actually get a promotion once in a while at the company. Learning management systems are wonderful technology platforms that allow for this to happen and reach a wide audience at the same time. Instead of stagnating and not learning new skills, employees can use these systems to learn more about the intricacies of the company, train for new roles within the company, and ultimately carve out a path for higher success. Learning Management Systems offer plenty of value for their relatively low maintenance costs and can be implemented into a company’s pre-existing infrastructure with ease. What makes Learning Management so effective is its ability to challenge employees and make them perform/grow better over time.
Employee Recognition and Rewards
Every employee likes to be recognized for their work, achieving their goals, completing a project, or just reaching a milestone. It’s important to make sure that employees are happy at work and satisfied with what they’re doing at the office. Otherwise, poor morale can ensue. That’s why an employee recognition rewards program is such a good idea. Using a comprehensive software suite of different programs that comprise the employee recognition platform, managers can empower their staff to create a positive environment for each other. Better yet, employee recognition can evolve into a rewards program. Whether it’s through earning points for recognition given/received or simply making rewards available on the platform, you can give employees something to look forward to for using the system. What makes this technology amazing is how simple and easy it is to use. It’s like social media, but inside your office. It also features check-in software, built-in messaging, the ability to recognize anniversaries in milestones through specialized messages, and much more.