Today, embracing technology in the workplace is a bit of a no brainer. It is also key for attracting talent.
According to Erin Flynn, Chief People Officer at Optimizely, using top technology brings in top talent. Especially because new technologies afford modern workers, regardless of age, the freedom and flexibility they desire. When technology is a core component of corporate culture and these solutions are properly integrated into all product/service offerings and business processes, your employees only need a laptop and an Internet connection to get their jobs done.
What businesses cannot afford to forget is that employees want to enjoy the same level of connectivity and use the same types of technology at work, as they do in their personal lives. We sure can’t imagine a tech savvy millennial who grew up surrounded by the latest digital technologies being happy to work for a company that still sends bills to clients via fax or doesn’t have a proper bring-your-own-device policy in place.
- General administrative tasks take longer, which means that your team have less time to engage with each other and with your customers.
- Your business can’t keep up with competitors who are using technology to up their productivity and streamline their entire organisation’s operations.
- Companies that make use of outdated and clunky software and solutions won’t be able to hold the attention of millennials in the recruitment process.
- Outdated tech causes potential employees to question how up-to-date and sophisticated your business actually is.
Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why technology attracts talent.
#1 Forget about geography
If your business is in a small town in the middle of nowhere and you only hire local talent, it’s likley that your options will be rather limited. But when using the latest mobile technologies you can interview, train and collaborate with your team no matter where they are on the planet.
#2 Productivity, anywhere
Studies show that mobile technologies encourage greater productivity from employees. For example, in the past an employee would leave work at the end of the day and that would be that. Today, your staff can reply to write a proposal while on their daily commute, they can call clients while standing in a queue at the shops or reply to emails in the evening when they climb into bed. By embracing new technologies, your team can be productive, anywhere, which makes them more productive in the long run.
#3 Connected culture
As we mentioned in the first point, with the right technologies, you can hire employees from anywhere, across the globe. But when your teams are spread all over the place, it can be hard to create a corporate culture. Unless you use the right team collaboration tools to ensure that everyone feels connected, even though they are far away. Imagine if your employees were greeted once a week with a short message of from the company CEO. This kind of initiative is a great way to thank people for their hard work and to show your teams that the business leaders are invested in the entire organisation.
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