Workplace culture and technology are fundamental components of modern business, but how do they interact with each other? Increasing integration of technology into both the personal and professional lives of millennials is changing the workplace landscape. It’s more important than ever that employers stay ahead of the curve. Here’s 3 ways you can boost millennial productivity in your workplace.
Millennials are constantly texting, and it’s safe to say that they’re receiving an influx of messages while at work. This can lead to distracted employees and wasted time. Employers need to be careful that regulations on texting do not become overly strict and wind up hurting workplace culture. Further implications of millennials’ love for texting are that they prefer to use chat features on platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business to communicate with coworkers. Using these apps for collaboration can help break down hierarchical barriers, allowing employees at any level to engage with each other and exchange ideas or feedback.
Real time Response
One main characteristic of the millennial generation is they welcome feedback from their peers. They want constant reminders that what they’re doing great work, how they can improve or whether they’re missing the mark.
That means companies have been shifting away from traditional appraisal systems and are instead starting to rely on technology for performance monitoring. With the use of the cloud and centralized information, management can constantly check in on employee progress and provide ongoing feedback. This can make performance appraisals less daunting and formal, and can be used to consistently shape employee performance.
The Online Office
Technology is also increasing the popularity of working remotely, or “telecommuting”. Offering the option to work from home resonates with millennials and can foster an environment of flexibility and trust amongst employees. If companies become comfortable with telecommuting, it can also lead to more diverse teams spread across the map. On the flip side, some employees working remotely have reported feeling overwhelmed due to always being expected to be online and accessible. It’s important for employers to encourage a work-life balance to ensure a positive workplace and employee experience, and therefore a strong culture. This is definitely one of the best ways of creating a happier workplace.
Tech for Good
Ultimately, technology can be used to strengthen or weaken corporate culture depending on how it’s used. Collaboration through technology has been shown to be a surefire way to improve productivity and culture, making it a good place to start for companies trying to find their way. Employers must always be aware of how the implementation of tech in the workplace can affect employee satisfaction. Every HR manager should have a clear plan for how to manage its use both short term and long term.