The most effective organizations don’t settle for the status quo when it comes to getting the best out of their workforce. They’re constantly looking for ways to go from good to great and from great to exceptional. It starts with supporting your people with the tools and technologies they need to succeed in their roles, and cultivating a positive environment for them to take those tools and thrive as individuals. A rising tide lifts all boats, so how high of a watermark is your organization looking to achieve?
You don’t need every solution, you need the best solutions. The average company uses 254 applications, yet the usage of these tools is roughly 45% across the board. It might seem reductive to say, “more isn’t always better,” but it’s far too common for companies have multiple tools that do similar things, or an assortment of legacy systems that can be replaced with a single streamlined solution.
We recognize that the millions of people (rounding up) reading this are operating with a unique set of circumstances like budgets, talent pools, industries, growth goals, and so on. That said, even orgs with a workforce firing on all cylinders can do themselves a favor by having processes in place to audit and evaluate the tools and technologies being used today.
Existing tools are ever-evolving and new technologies are solving old problems in ways previously never imagined. It’s unreasonable for most companies to carve out a budget for the latest and greatest solutions every year, but without honestly identifying how your solutions stack up to the industry standards you’re playing the game with ankle weights on and you might be dragging your talent down with you.
So take stock of what legacy tools and systems aren’t serving your employees in a way that they can effectively serve your customers. Have the hard conversations about what you aren’t doing well today so you can lift your workforce, and your business, to new heights tomorrow.
As workforces continue to deviate toward digital dispersion in lieu of desk farms, the way in which your workforce interacts with both their work and each other must be taken into consideration if your goal is to get the best version of your people. Effective two-way communication becomes more important than ever to create a positive environment no matter where your employees might be sitting.
Tools like Loom are a great way to train your people on new processes, and you can even celebrate your employees in creative ways…here’s an example of how we here at Tilt leverage this tool to show our people love even when we’re too far away for a hug:
Tools that help execute on deliverables are vital to company output, but technology that can help support employees when life gets hard or an important life event happens can’t be ignored when strengthening company culture. Sometimes that’s providing access or discounts to mental health companies like Headspace or BetterHelp, other times it might mean leveraging benefits like our fertility care friends at Carrot.
Leveraging tech solutions like these can show employees you’re in their corner not just as professionals, but as humans. Your people support your company hour after tireless hour to help make it successful, so return the favor when life’s most critical moments happens to them and provide the same level of support.
There’s a real opportunity to empower your people and elevate your workforce simply by making it easy for them when life gets hard. An often overlooked element to this is how difficult and confusing is it may be for you and your employees to navigate a leave of absence. The last thing an employee should be worrying about when dealing with bereavement is a cold robo-oporator and a lack of clarity of what to do or who to turn to.
It’s not about having every tool in the toolbox, it’s about evaluating the right tools you need to foster a positive, supportive culture that empowers your workforce to thrive both on and offline.
Tilt is leading the charge in all things leave of absence management through easy-to-use tech and human touch. Since 2017, our proprietary platform and Empathy Warriors have been helping customers make leave not suck by eliminating administrative burdens, keeping companies compliant, and providing a truly positive and supportive leave of absence experience for their people.
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